A lot of you expressed interest in hearing about NZ sewing pattern designers and first up in our roundup are sewing pattern businesses that are based in NZ or run by NZers!
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any NZ Based Dressmaking Pattern Companies
Below the Kōwhai
Christchurch-based BTK is a family business which makes gorgeous sewing patterns children and has recently expanded their offerings to include sewing patterns for women.
Based in Wellington, FMN makes lovely feminine patterns for women. They have a free knit top pattern for those wanting to give the company a trial before purchasing.
Auckland-based Hubba Ding has a pretty impressive catalogue of patterns for women which seem to have popped up overnight. Not super size-inclusive, the designs are very fashion-trend forward.
Jennifer Lauren Handmade
This Dunedin-based business has a strong vintage vibe and has a wide variety of frocks, tops and even a couple of patterns for men. JLH has quite a few patterns in multiple cup-sizes
This new-comer to the sewing pattern market started producing sewing patterns based on their successful RTW garments during lockdown here in NZ. If their sizes are too small to include you, they will grade the pattern up for you at no additional cost.
Little Kiwis Closet
This NZ-based business makes sewing patterns for women, men, kids and babies too. If you and your family wear a lot of knit fabric- check out Little Kiwis Closet!
Make by The Fabric Store
The Fabric Store has recently started designing and selling PDF sewing patterns! So far they have 5 patterns, including the robe pictured above. If you fall outside their size range, they will grade the pattern for you at no additional cost.
This new-to-me sewing pattern business which makes modern boho-style sewing patterns for women.
Muna and Broad
Making patterns from basically Size 12+, M&B is a 1/2 NZ run business (I know this because I’m the 1/2)! If the size chart is too small to include you, Leila will grade the pattern up for you at no additional cost.
This Wellington-based pattern company makes PDF sewing patterns for adult women and has a strong vintage vibe.
If you don’t have time to sew their sewing patterns (size 6-22) then you can rent one of their finished garments.
Paper Doll Patterns
This pattern company specialises in cute clothes for children.
Perhaps the most well-known NZ-based sewing pattern company, Papercut was one of the first Indie sewing pattern companies.
Paper Theory owner Tara grew up in Dunedin and is back in Ōtepoti after living in the UK! With a modern and simple silhouette, the Zadie Jumpsuit is one of their most well known patterns.
This Wellington-based sewing pattern company has a strong historical-sewing vibe thanks to the historical sewing interest of owner & designer Leimomi of Dreamstress
Based at the top of the South Island, The Sewing Revival makes sewing patterns for women and children.
The Bold One
Slow-fashion patterns for women which have oodles of options (including height and various necklines)
This new-to-me sewing pattern company is NZ based and has a wide variety of sewing patterns for accessories and women’s clothes.
This NZ-based pattern company makes whimsical sewing patterns for kids and a variety of patterns for adult men and women.