Independent pattern companies tend to be women owned small businesses. The owners/designers are experts at pattern drafting and garment construction, and their patterns feature practical fit, creative ideas, and modern construction instructions. The companies are usually started to satisfy a design or sewing need that is unmet by the large companies. A beginner sewer may find they have good luck with these patterns.
Recently I entered the Independent Pattern Company Alliance (IPCA) 2013 Ticket to Paradise competition. I chose the Journey Jacket Two pattern from Saf-T-Pocket Patterns because I love long coats. Saf-T-Pocket is a line of attractive, practical travel garments and accessories in an extensive size range. The designs feature numerous hidden pockets closed with zippers, velcro or snaps. The construction instructions are clear and modern. A beginner can attempt many of the designs, while experienced sewers will have fun personalizing the designs. I like to wear the garments even when I am not traveling which is most of the year.
I selected this pattern for my entry:
gorgeousfabrics.com a few months ago.
I plan to wear the sweater coat with spring dresses and light colored trousers. I love the deep neckline and long lapels, as well as the kimono sleeves that actually have a small armhole concealed beneath. Fun!
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