I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’ve reused some patterns enough to know they are my favorites. They are printed out, and I use them over and over and over. (Especially since they are printed out.) I feel like I’ve found my style, patterns, and fabrics that I like. I’m sure I’ll keep learning and finding new fabrics and patterns, but it’s nice to have a couple of favorites in my back pocket (or printed out in my file).  I rarely recommend buying patterns since there’s so many free patterns and there’s a lot of flat pattern work you can do on your own if you learn, but every once in awhile you come across some perfect ones. None of these are affiliate links, I’m just sharing some love of these great purchased patterns.

Favorite Patterns

1. Union St. Tee pattern (affiliate link): I cannot sing enough praises for this pattern. It is the best knit tee pattern I have ever used. I can really tell that a whole lot of work went into the pattern. I love it. Here are five versions that I’ve made, but there are three that aren’t pictured. polka dot teemaker teewhite teestriped tee, and floral tee

My Favorite Purchased Patterns 2015

2. Perri Pullover: This is a great momiform pattern. I love long, cozy sweatshirts. This winter I want to make some with tight, long sleeves. I think I might like that fit a little bit better. Here are my four versions: Striped pullover with leather pockets, terry knit pullover, medallion print pullover, and striped pullover

My Favorite Purchased Patterns 2015

3. The Staple Dress Pattern: I love quick dresses with an easy and comfortable fit. I really love this style. I know it’s not everyone’s jam because it’s not fitted, but I love it. It’s easy to wear and easy to style, and I can’t wait to wear them with button up shirts or fitted blazers.

Silk shirt, sparkly LBD, navy swiss dot henley dress, polka dot shirt, and striped floral surplus dress

My Favorite Purchased Patterns 2015

4. Hudson Pants Pattern: Best pattern ever. They are so comfortable and trendy (right now). I will be so sad when track pants go out of style.

Tuxedo stripe pants, polka dot capris, and floral track pants. I have two other pairs that I haven’t blogged about yet. One day.

My Favorite Purchased Patterns 2015

5. Matilda Leggings: I’m a mom and I want to wear leggings all day every day. They are the most comfortable when I’m bending over, up and down on the floor, and chasing my kids around. Jeans don’t cut it like they did before I had kids.

Both navy and black versions. I have another one I have not blogged about yet.

My Favorite Purchased Patterns 2015

6. Pleated Pencil Skirt: I really love pencil skirts, but I hate deep slits up the back. I love the pleat on this skirt for movement. I did have to do some extra alterations to make this fit me well, but it was worth it. Every loved pattern is worth it to make it fit you well.


Triangle print skirt, gray herringbone skirt, and floral jacquard coral skirt.

My Favorite Purchased Patterns 2015

7. Button Up Shirt: I love button-up shirts that are long and semi-fitted just like this pattern. It has side darts but it doesn’t have front waist or back darts. I’m a preppy at heart so I love button up shirts. I want to make more of these when I get some good fabric.

Ikat button up shirt and chambray dot button up shirt.

My Favorite Purchased Patterns 2015

Patterns I Want To Try

1. The Oliver and S Gallery Tunic and Dress Pattern: This one just came out and looks fantastic. It’s the exact style that I want to wear all the time. I have looked for and tried a couple different tunic/collared/loose/woven shirts and haven’t found the one. I might get this one with my birthday money.

2. The Sewaholic Minoru Jacket Pattern: I’m ready to have a really great raincoat or lighter waterproof winter coat that’s flattering and cute. And that has a hood. I really hate coats and jackets that don’t have hoods. This is also on my birthday money list.

My Favorite Purchased Patterns 2015

I’m on the lookout for a really great sweatshirt pattern. I would wear them all winter if they were cute enough and in my colors. I’m deciding between the Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt or the Simplicity Pullover Knit Top. Have you tried either of these?

My Favorite Purchased Patterns 2015

I’m looking for a long cardigan with pockets pattern. Right now I’m decided between the Burdastyle oversized cardigan which I would shorten a lot, or the Jalie Drop Pocket Cardigan which I’d add a button placket to the front. Do you have a favorite cardigan pattern?

My Favorite Purchased Patterns 2015

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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2 thoughts on “My Favorite Purchased Patterns

  1. Great post! You love the Matilda leggings? I've been looking for a pair to try some yoga leggings out with (haven't made performancewear yet) and I might try with these! Also, the Linden Sweatshirt is soooooo comfy, but it tends to run a little big, so maybe make a muslin and then go from there if you want yours more fitted.

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm
  2. This is an awesome list. One I know I will look at over and over. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.
    I purchased the Julia Cardigan because I fell in love with all the ones I saw all over blog land. I sewed it up, and hated it. I don't love shawl collars. I might not have liked it as much because I used a not so stretchy fabric as well. But when I sewed it up, it just hit awkward on my back length wise. So…now I am in the internal debate of whether or not to spend time to make it work or just move on. I wish I have tried either of the sweatshirt patterns you are talking about. I think they both look so pretty and are just such a staple piece. I can't wait to hear about your new pattern choices and whether or not they worked. Especially the cardigan one. I really like simple cardigans, I wear them a lot. It would be nice to find a staple pattern and be able to make it over and over.

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm