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Most Popular New Pattern Releases of 2021

January is the time of year for reflection and seeing what has been so we have been nosing at which 2021 indie pattern releases have been the most popular with you all. We were so intrigued to see what made it into the top ten and to remind ourselves of how many fab indie patterns we intended to make, but will be moving to our 2022 sewing list!

How many have you checked off and what might you add to your 2022 makes list?

Marlo Sweater by True Bias

It’s quite hard to miss just how popular the Marlo Sweater by True Bias was in 2021… it’s been on most sewists to-do list! This oversized cardigan has a dropped shoulder, deep V-neck, wide bands, large buttons and patch pockets. You can make it cropped or to hit around the mid-thigh.

Sizing: UK 8 – 20 or UK 16 – 32

Format: Paper or PDF

Agnes Pyjama Set by Paper Theory

There was a new PJ pattern on the block, and it’s no surprise to us that it was so popular with you all! The Agnes Pyjama Set by Paper Theory Patterns comes with a choice of shorts or trousers with an elasticated waist. The top has grown on sleeves, patch pockets and a loose fit.

Sizing: UK 6 – 28

Format: Paper and PDF

Anthea Blouse and Dress by Anna Allen

Women wearing the Anthea Blouse sewing pattern by Anna Allen. A blouse pattern made in cotton, linen, voiles, lawns or silk fabrics, featuring elbow length puffed sleeves, relaxed fit, button front closure with a fold-over placket and bias faced neckline.

This pattern definitely took Instagram by storm with over 1,000 uses of the hashtag for the blouse alone! With stunning puff sleeves, bias binding on the neckline and curved hem detail, the Anthea Blouse and Dress by Anna Allen stole the sewist’s hearts.

Sizing: UK 6 – 22/24

Format: PDF

Patina Blouse by Friday Pattern Company

Woman wearing the Patina Blouse sewing pattern from Friday Pattern Company on The Fold Line. A blouse pattern made in light to mid weight woven fabrics, featuring a collared deep V-neck, button front closure and full length sleeves with cuffs.

Collar details have been a key trend this year, so we thought this design might have stitchers in a frenzy! The Patina Blouse by Friday Pattern Company features this stunning collar, full sleeves that can be made long or short. It is a classic with a twist you can make again and again.

Sizing: UK 6 – 34

Format: PDF

Reynolds Top and Dress by Helen’s Closet

With its clean and elegant lines, the Reynolds Top and Dress by Helen’s Closet proved a popular choice with the gang. Reynolds features wide shoulder straps, bust darts, in-seam pockets, and a side slit with mitred corners at the hem. This is a pull-on-overhead design with shaping in the side and back seams.

Sizes UK 6 – 34

Format: PDF

ZW Gather Dress by Birgitta Helmersson

We were very excited to add Birgitta Helmersson’s patterns to the shop in 2021 and see what zero waste sewing is all about. You loved the Gather Dress pattern, an oversized dress with a dropped shoulder, gathered skirt, side pockets and full-length button placket with buttons and buttonholes.

Sizing: UK 6/8 – 24

Format: PDF

Davenport Dress by Friday Pattern Company

Delightful details were popular in 2021 and the Davenport Dress by Friday Pattern Company has bucketloads of them! It features full sleeves with an elastic ruffle hem as well as a shoulder flutter detail. The hem hits above the knee. The front neckline is gathered in with elastic, and the waist features a drawstring so this dress can be pulled on and off without any closures.

Sizing: UK 6 – 34

Format: Paper or PDF

Vali Dress and Top by Pattern Fantastique

As we said, big sleeves were mighty popular in 2021 and the Vali Dress and Top by Pattern Fantastique didn’t go unnoticed! This classic 70s style glam smock has a high neckline is surrounded by sleeve and yoke gathers. Volumes of fabric, fine ties, topstitched facings and pocket bags will transform the simplest of materials into a romantic, textured and detailed dress or top.

Sizes UK 6 – 26

Format: Paper and PDF

September Coat by Merchant and Mills

Woman wearing The September Coat sewing pattern from Merchant and Mills on The Fold Line. A duster coat pattern made in dry oilskin, oilskin, mid - heavyweight linens, denim, wool, corduroy, cotton twills or canvas fabric, featuring a relaxed fit, button front closure, breast pocket, midi length, waist pockets and back centre vent.

There was something about the September Coat by Merchant and Mills that captured your hearts (and ours!). This oversized coat can be made lined or unlined in a number of heavier weight fabrics (we’ve seen some gorgeous ones in cord!). It’s a make you will treasure for many years to come.

Sizes UK 6 – 16/18 or UK 18 – 28/30

Format: Paper and PDF

Pauline Dress by Closet Core Patterns

Woman wearing the Pauline Dress sewing pattern from Closet Core Patterns on The Fold Line. A dress pattern made in linen, poplin, seersucker, broadcloth, sateen, chambray, cotton shirtings, rayon challis, viscose, tencel, cotton voile or silk fabrics, featuring a striking full length puff sleeve, midi-length tiered skirt, bodice design knife pleats at the waist, square neckline, keyhole opening in the back bodice tied at the nape of the neck and invisible zipper at centre back.

A particular neckline proved quite popular this year, didn’t it? The square neckline featured on lots of styles and the Pauline Dress by Closet Core Patterns has a stunning one! It’s a true statement dress: dramatic, romantic and loaded with special details. Create truly distinct looks by mixing and matching sleeves and skirt styles to make the Pauline of your dreams.

Sizing: UK 6 – 20

Format: Paper

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