Sewing Tall Pattern Company Roundup 2019

2019 List of Sewing Pattern Companies for Tall Women by Sew DIY

Pattern companies all design for different body types, proportions and heights. Which, I honestly think is awesome. Every person’s body is so different in so many ways that no one pattern is going to fit every body perfectly. But if you find a pattern company that is a little closer to your shape from the get-go, then it might alleviate some fit struggles and mean fewer adjustments that you’ll need to make.

When I decided to resize the Lou Box Top pattern a few months ago, I also decided that it was time to start designing for a height of 5’10”. When I first started, I wanted my patterns to be accessible to an “average” height and I guess basically fit in with the standards. But as the years went on, I felt like there was a real hole in the sewing pattern market for tall sewists. Initially, I had been worried about backlash but decided to go for it anyway. (I was definitely inspired by this episode of A Coffee With Makers with Amy Nicole.) I am very pleased to report that I have not received any negative comments about changing the height of my patterns and have heard from a few tall sewists who really appreciate it.

So, for today’s post, I’m rounding up a few #sewingtall friendly pattern companies that I recommend. Let me know if there are others that I should add to the list. I also recommend checking out this list of pattern company heights and cup sizes from Chuleenan.

Sewing Tall Pattern Companies

Sew DIY 5’10” (that’s me! Not all of my patterns have been updated yet but I’m about half way there.)

Burda Tall 5′ 9 1/4″

Straight Stitch Designs 5’9”

*Megan Nielsen 5’9”

*Colette/Seamwork 5’8" for misses and 5’9” for curvy sizes

Named Patterns 5’8”

Honorable mention to: (“tall” is pretty relative after all)

Threadbare Garments 5’7”

In the Folds 5′7″

*To get super technical, these pattern companies use a fit model who is 5’9” or 5’8” but don’t specifically state that they design for a certain height. Personally, I still need to add length when I use their patterns but I am 5’11”. I also really like both Megan Nielsen patterns and Seamwork patterns so that extra bit of height built in might be why.

And if you happen to be petite (or just sew for one), check out SBCC Patterns who designs for 5′ 1″ and Amy Nicole Patterns who designs for 5’4” and under. Please let me know if there are any others that I should add to the list. I really would love to hear about them and try them out. Happy sewing!

2019 Make Nine Challenge

2019 Make Nine Challenge

I’ve been participating in the Make Nine challenge since 2016 and it’s a really nice way to start the year off with a fresh and consolidated list of projects. I realized this year that my list has always been (with one exception) patterns that I’ve never made before. (The one exception was the Archer Shirt in 2018. I made it once before but wanted to perfect the fit and fabric choice.) This year I actually have a lot of projects in my queue that are repeat patterns but they’re just not fun to put on the Make Nine. So my 2019 Make Nine will again be all new-to-me patterns. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making a pattern over and over again. In fact, I truly hope that people make my patterns more than once. But, making a new pattern is such a thrill. I always learn so much from new patterns and there’s also that suspense of not totally knowing if you’re going to love the final garment or not.

Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Gifts for Sewists

Whether you’re shopping for your sewing BFF or working on your own wish list, you’re sure to find some lust-worthy gifts in this roundup. If you’re shopping for a sewist who likes to try new crafts, make sure to check out the needle punch and crochet kits (numbers 1 and 7).

1. Punch Needle Pillow Kit from Fancy Tiger Crafts. I’ve never tried punch needle but I’d love to learn and the design of this kit is so pretty.

2. Wooden Needle Minder from Arrow Mountain. I sooo wish I had this sewing tool in my arsenal. It conveniently holds onto your needle while hand sewing and prevents it from getting lost on your lap (which has happened to me many times).

3. Measure Twice Cut Once enamel pins. So you can wear your passion on your sleeve.

4. Jordy Bralette kit from Emerald Erin. This pattern looks really comfy and I love all the options available in Erin’s shop.

5. Clover Chaco Liner Chalk Pens. Just because it’s useful doesn’t mean it’s not a great gift.

6. Broad Strokes book by Bridget Quinn and Lisa Congdon (make sure to check out the rest of the yummy goods in Lisas’s shop. Including embroidery kits!)

7. Love Game Basket from Wool and the Gang. This basket made out of raffia yarn would fit in in any home.

8. Garden Sewing Art Print from Crafted Moon is the perfect way to decorate a sewing room. I love the artwork from this company and have a few of their prints. Check out the Sewing Art page for even more options.

9. Sewist necklace from Closet Case Patterns. There’s also a Maker version available for your all-around crafty friends.

10. I Love Linen woven labels from Kylie and the Machine. The perfect finishing touch for your handmades. Make sure to check out all the options available because they’re amazing.

11. Celestial Sheep Enamel Pin from Home Row Fiber Co. These sheep are just too cute.

12. Speckle Go Cup by Mudhavi. I love this handmade mug that can also be taken on the go. Stylish and eco-friendly.

If you’re looking for even more inspiration, check out my gift guides from 2017 and 2016. Items may not still be available but it’s worth a look for inspiration and eye-candy.