Indiesew's 10 Most Popular Patterns in 2015
Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog.
This year was monumental for the indie sewing community. We saw several talented indie designers enter the industry, all from varied backgrounds and training. Several stellar, bulletproof patterns were launched. In 2015, indie designers earned a reputation among sewists everywhere for creating wearable, quality designs. I couldn’t be happier about that.
I’m a data and analytics nerd, so I thought it’d be fun to round up the ten most popular patterns at Indiesew this year. This list is based on the number of total sales for each pattern on Indiesew since January 1st, 2015. I’ve excluded all collection sales and instead have only included the individual sales of patterns. There were some noticeable trends that emerged.
For example, knit cardigans and lounge pants seemed to be in everyone’s wheelhouse. Boxy woven tops were your jam. Basic knit tees and sweatshirts were at the top of the list too. Let’s count it down.
10. Sloan Leggings
Leggings are a ubiquitous piece of clothing these days, so it’s no surprise the Sloan Leggings
by Hey June are number ten on our list. These knit leggings have a shaped waistband, built-in media pocket, two length options and optional contrast side panels.
9. Julia Cardigan
The Julia Cardigan
by Mouse House Creations is a quick, satisfying sew perfect for those just starting to sew with knits. This cardigan has a rounded collar and three sleeve length options for a project you can sew up all year round.
When Kimberly from Straight Stitch Designs launched the Laurelhurst
cardigan sewing pattern, I had a gut feeling this design would be a home run. The Laurelhurst has a unique draped front design and three sleeve length options. Plus, it’s easy to dress up or down!
When Elke told me she was interested in translating her Bethioua
pattern from German to English, I jumped at the chance to include it in the Indiesew shop. Its curved back yoke and shoulder darts were what caught my eye, and the relaxed, comfortable fit was just icing on the cake.
6. Sailor Top
Photo right: Indiesew 2015 Spring Collection, model: Lindsay Ternes
Amber from Fancy Tiger launched her first sewing pattern this year to a great response from the sewing community. The Sailor Top is a woven, raglan sleeve top with gathered neckline with yoke and an A-line shape. It’s adorable paired with jeans and flats for spring!
5. Hudson Pants
Oh Hudson Pants
, we are crazy about you! These knit lounge pants by True Bias have an urban fit, front pockets, a wide elastic waistband, a drawstring waist, and two length options. Plus they are the epitome of comfort. I’ve already completely worn out my first pair.
4. Sutton Blouse
Another great sewing pattern from True Bias, the Sutton Blouse
is a flowing woven blouse with a V-neckline, kimono sleeves, side slits and a back inverted pleat. Kelli, the designer, has included French seams on this top for a super professional finish.
3. Union St. Tee
The Union St. Tee
by Hey June was everyone’s perfect knit tee for 2015. This top has the option for a V-neck or scoop neck, and four sleeve length options. This pattern has addictive properties; it’s impossible to sew just one.
2. Lane Raglan
One thing is for sure, Adrianna knows how to design sewing patterns for the masses. The Lane Raglan
by Hey June is a long-sleeved raglan tee with fitted sleeves, a wide neckband, and the option to add a hood or thumbholes. Oh, and it looks good on everyone.
1. Ella Top
This summer it seemed every sewist was on the hunt for a beginner, woven tank top and the Ella Top
fulfilled that need. This casual tank has French seams, bust darts, a back yoke, and back pleat. It sews up in a snap and looks great with shorts and sandals.
Thank you for all of your orders, creations, and reviews this year! I’m so excited to see what this list will look like next year as new patterns and designers enter the industry. I’m having SO much fun promoting these lovely women who work hard to create top-notch patterns.
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