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38 Modern Sewing Patterns for Women

Turn heads when you go out wearing one of these trendy sewing patterns from our favorite independent designers!

Updated September 26, 2021
38 Modern Sewing Patterns for Women

Whether you're brand new to sewing or just want to find some trendier pieces to sew, this collection of 38 Modern Sewing Patterns and trendy sewing ideas for women is the place to start.

While vintage and traditional patterns are always a charming way to add old-school charm to your wardrobe or home, these trendy and... dare I say... hipster sewing patterns are sure to add some en vogue wow pieces to your wardrobe. Plus, everything comes back around, right? Every modern piece still has a touch of the past.

Below you will find 38 clothing sewing patterns along with accessories and other wearables from some of our favorite independent sewing designers! These contemporary sewing enthusiasts are some of our most glamorous and stylish designers. You're sure to love their designs. 

We have divided our collection of modern sewing patterns into sections below, making it easier to find what you need. Since women's clothing especially dresses, and skirts are the most searched for on our site we're focusing on those types of patterns! Scroll down to discover trendy sewing patterns for dresses, skirt patterns, absolutely stunning clothing items, and some bonus accessories below.

Plus, be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom for our list of our 18 Favorite Modern and Independent Sewing Designers. We really recommend checking them out. Those ladies are a stylish and talented bunch. You'll want to follow all of their tutorials. 

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Modern Sewing Patterns for Women

It's sometimes difficult to find pretty and stylish sewing patterns for women's clothes, especially for free, which is why we're so excited to be bringing you these fabulous designs.

Take a look at our curated free dress patterns, skirt patterns, other trendy wearables, and accessories. We're also sharing our favorite modern bloggers at the bottom of the page, so be sure to check that out. You'll have 18 amazing designers to follow for all of your modern sewing needs.
 

Modern Free Dress Patterns

We're obsessed with these lovely free dress patterns. These trendy and stunning dress patterns look like they are right off the rack.

With stylish cuts like this swing dress (pictured) and trendy fabrics like denim and floral prints, one of these darling dress patterns is sure to be your next project.

  1. Modern Mama Sundress Tutorial: This stunning little sundress will turn heads.
     
  2. The Briana Dress Pattern: We love this simple yet stylish dress pattern.
     
  3. Denim Shirt Dress Upcycling: Combining fabrics easily gives projects a modern edge, we love this denim and floral combo.
     
  4. Color Blocked Work Dress: Nothing says mod and trendy like some color blocking. 
     

Stunning Free Dress Patterns

  1. Summer Breeze DIY Swing Dress: This breezy and beautiful design looks like it is right off the shelves at Anthropologie.
     
  2. The Day Date Dress: This is one of our most popular dresses. It's a perfect blend of vintage conservative with modern lines.
     
  3. Totally Twiggy Mod Dress: Vintage is coming back in style, so try this mod dress with bright colors (which are also in!).
     
  4. Layered Bodice Maxi Dress: Love this summer look that can easily carry over to fall with a cardi and a scarf.
     

Trendy Dress Patterns

  1. Maxi to Midi Dress Refashion: This transformation is actually brilliant. 
     
  2. Red Carpet Evening Gown Tutorial: Classic Hollywood style combined with modern prints makes this look unstoppable.
     
  3. Pinafore Dress with Circle Skirt: This trendy little dress is extra flattering.
     

Pretty and Hip Dress Patterns

Trendy Skirt Patterns

Looking for a skirt with flair or extra wow? These trendy and oh-so-flattering skirt patterns are sure to bring a smile to your face.

Pair these cuties with some trendy tights or colorful leggings for an especially stylish look. Colorful fabrics are back. Embrace it!

  1. 15-Minute Tuxedo Skirt: Simple yet stunning. This skirt will always be modern.
     
  2. Cotton Candy Pleated Skirt: The pleated skirt look is in and so are bright colors, so this is the perfect skirt to try!
     
  3. One Seam Wrap Skirt: Wrap skirts are the way to go for any look, and this skirt won't come open at all.
     

Modern Skirt Patterns

  1. Gathered Pencil Skirt Tutorial: This modern take on the classic pencil skirt gives it a flowing boho look!
     
  2. Sew Classic DIY Skirt: Pair this skirt with some high heels and a tee for a simple look that will turn heads.
     
  3. 15-Minute Lace Skirt: Showing skin through your skirt is very trendy right now, so lengthen or shorten the inner skirt to your liking!
     

Trendy Sewing Patterns for Skirts

  1. Simply Summer Wrap Skirt: Channel warm summer vibes with a modern wrap skirt look.
     
  2. Zooey Skirt Tutorial: Be an even newer (and more stylish) New Girl with this charming look.
     
  3. Date Night Skirt Pattern: If you make this in pink, you might be the next Carrie Bradshaw.
     

Trendy Skirt Patterns

More Modern Clothing Patterns for Women

We couldn't complete this list without some of the more modern sewing pieces below.

Check out these tutorials for updated hemlines, bodysuits, jumpsuits, and more. Don't be intimidated by these more daring ideas. You'll look amazing. 

  1. 15 Minute Turtleneck Cape Tutorial: Stay warm and sophisticated with this top!
     
  2. Convertible DIY Bodysuit: A bodysuit worn under a skirt or some jeans can give you a seamless look.
     
  3. Modern DIY Maxi Cardi: Long sweaters paired with boyfriend jeans are this Fall's big, cozy look.
     

Women's Clothing Patterns

  1. Scalloped Hemline DIY Refashion: Redo an old shirt into a new modern piece.
     
  2. One Hour Sophisticated Summer Shorts: Flowy and baggy shorts have replaced denim short shorts (thank goodness)!
     
  3. One Hour Kimono Wrap: This kimono is flowy and fab in just about any fabric.
     
  4. Summer Gingham Top: The cute sleeves and rise of gingham's popularity make this a great addition to your wardrobe!
     

Trendy Women's Clothing Patterns

  1. Sunbeam Oversized Top: You'll look like a celeb on vacation in this comfy and chic top.
     
  2. 30 Minute Fringe Crop Top: Fringe crop tops are a little daring, but this one is genuinely flattering. Wear it with a high-waisted skirt for a peekaboo look.
     
  3. Burberry Rain Cape: This look is way cuter than a regular raincoat.
     

Hipster Sewing Patterns for Women

Trendy Bags, Accessories, and More to Sew

Not ready to fully commit to a fashionable frock? Then why not add one of these chic accessories to your closet.

These fashionable little add-ons will easily take your look from okay to OH WOW in minutes. Plus, making your own leggings and ponchos can really save you some serious dough.

  1. Upcycled Palm Leaf DIY Clutch: Big bags make a real statement (and carry everything you need).
     
  2. Easy Knotted Headband: Simple and sleep headbands turn bad hair days into opportunities!
     

Hip Sewing Patterns

  1. Urban Jungle Bag Pattern: Big bags with big patterns really add to any look.
     
  2. Sashiko Scarf: This big, brightly-colored scarf will get you so many compliments!
     
  3. Fall Jacket to Vest Refashion: Layering up every fall and winter can be crazy stylish with a vest like this!
     

Trendy Accessory Sewing Patterns

  1. Winter Layers Cape Scarf Pattern: Capes aren't just for superheroes. They're for fashionistas too.
     
  2. Comfy Flannel Blanket Scarf: The super scarf or blanket scarf trend was big last year and it's going to stay.
     
  3. Easy Leggings Pattern: Leggings just might be the new pants. Make your own!
     

Modern Accessories

18 Modern Sewing Designers We Love

Looking for even more modern sewing patterns and projects to try out?

Check out our favorite trendy sewing bloggers to watch. (All of them have a pattern or 5 featured above!)

  1. Merrick White from merricksart.com
  2. Daniela Gutierrez-Diaz from onthecuttingfloor.com
  3. Beverly McCullough from flamingotoes.com
  4. Deby Coles from so-sew-easy.com
  5. Leanne Barlow from elleapparelblog.com
  6. Riva from rivaladiva.com
  7. Sara Lawson from sewsweetness.com
  8. Jessica Abbott from mesewcrazy.com
  9. Doja O from blog.elewa.co.uk
  10. Kristina from kristinaclemens.blogspot.com
  11. Britney Menter from britcreates.blogspot.com
  12. Delia from deliacreates.com
  13. Liz from cottonandcurls.com
  14. Laura Gummerman from abeautifulmess.com
  15. Geneva Vanderzeil from apairandasparediy.com
  16. Lauren from theresourcegirls.com
  17. Melanie Lalonde from thelittleststudio.com
  18. Cat W from marymarthamama.com

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