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I, Liam Designer Emily Miller-Sharma, present Liam Patterns. That’s right, a pattern that comes either in an envelope or a PDF form you can print yourself, that you can use to make your very own creations.
There are 16 patterns across three different groups: Modular, Sets and Offcuts (definitions below) and cover beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels.
Modular: Simple shapes with variations that can be added on to mix things up. Like the Carol Bias Slip - a slim line bias cut slip that also comes with a variation for narrow fabrics and a fluted hem. Or the Glen Top - a relaxed fit woven T-Shirt shape that can have the Pack o’ Sleeves added to it (five different variations of sleeve! Party on!).
Sets: A shape or design line that can be used across a few different garment types. Like the Anne - a wrap design that can be made as a dress, top, or a blouse with peplum hem. Or the Chloe - a relaxed pantsuit style with either a short or long leg and a narrow strap or drop shoulder top.
Offcuts: Free, downloadable .pdf files to use up offcuts or extra fabric - like our Lil’ Pouch or Sleek Mask. I truly believe that the future is circular! And so circular considerations underpin all decisions made throughout this collection’s design and production process.
All fibre used to make the pattern paper, and the card for the envelopes they come in, is waste from (or the by-product of) sawn timber production from Radiata Pine forests in the North Island of New Zealand. The finished product is FSC Certified and 100% recyclable, but my intention is that these patterns get used over and over again.
Liam Patterns will soon launch its second collection of patterns, alongside the liam 'Everything' range. This entire collection can be purchased as a physical garment, or a pattern to make the item yourself. These patterns will be released soon in both PDF and paper form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the request list.
While this collection was forming, I discovered geo gregory of geo knits slow! geo is wellington-based, and geo knits slow is a project that she has been working on for years, knitting beautiful pieces out of found materials. via many zoom sessions, and a few trips up to auckland, geo and i collaborated on a collection of knit pieces that use the fabric offcuts from the collection. She to produced five different knitting patterns, to be made from fabric offcuts to minimise wastage, furthering the circular economy mission at the heart of Liam Patterns.
Liam x @geoknitsslow is a collection of six knitting patterns, designed to be knitted using fabric off cuts.
Earlier in the year we held a training workshop for people wanting to join the patternmaking and machining side of the industry, using the “waste material” from our production processes as the fabrics for the garments they made. while we were there, i started knitting strips of fabric together, playing around with colour and texture. It turned into a full blown obsession, with my needles and trails of fabric scraps inappropriately accompanying me to meetings, dinners, friends’ houses...
And then i discovered geo gregory of @geo_knits_slow! Geo is wellington-based, and @geo_knits_slow is a project that she has been working on for years, knitting beautiful pieces out of found materials. Via many zoom sessions, and a few trips up to auckland, Geo and i collaborated on a collection of knit pieces that use the fabric offcuts from the collection.
These patterns can be purchased as paper pattern instructions, or in PDF form. For instructions on how to make balls of yarn from fabric off cuts with which to make your pattern, click here.
The clothing patterns are available to purchase printed on paper, or in a PDF form to print yourself. Like most commercial patterns, you’ll be cutting out each pattern piece before laying on your fabric.
Yes, all instructions are included, alongside illustrations in both PDF and printed patterns.
Each pattern specifies how much fabric approximately you will need and this can be found on the envelope cover and in the printed and PDF instructions. If there’s a fabric you like with a different width than the ones specified, reach out to us at email@example.com and we’ll help you to work out the meterage.
The patterns come in 2 size brackets, Option 1 and Option 2. Option 1 includes 4 – 10, and Option 2 includes sizes 12 – 18. PDF patterns are sizes 4 - 28.
When deciding your size, go with your normal dress size when you shop at RUBY. For specific body measurements, refer to our Size Guide.
No, unfortunately Liam Patterns and fabrics cannot be returned, but our knowledgeable staff will help answer all your questions so you are happy with your purchase.
Both paper and PDF patterns can be sent worldwide. If purchasing a PDF pattern, please select PDF shipping at checkout, and access to the pattern will be emailed to you by our team within 36 hours. For paper patterns, please see our freight charges here:
Sorry about that! A separate email should come through but sometimes it ends up in spam or junk folders. Check your spam folder, and if it’s not there, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get it sorted out.
All PDF patterns come with instructions on how to print to the correct scale. Once your patterns sheets have been printed, you’ll need to assemble them by matching the symbols and taping the pieces together.
Yes, all patterns include a seam allowance of 1cm, unless otherwise stated in the instructions.
Liam Patterns are for personal use only – they cannot be commercially produced or sold.
If you wish to stock Liam Patterns in your physical or online store, please contact us directly at email@example.com
It's not difficult to lengthen the patterns by yourself, so long as you have some basic knowledge of pattern-making. We would recommend checking how much longer you would like the garment, adding an extension onto the existing pattern pieces, with lightweight paper, and masking tape to attach. Make sure you follow the lines and shape of the patterns, and that the side seams are matching in length before cutting the garment.
We don't recommend sewing these pieces by hand. All RUBY & Liam patterns are designed to be sewn by a domestic or industrial machine. However, buttons and small finishing can be done by hand, and these will always be specified within the instructions.
If so, we suggest to err on the safe side and still purchase the yield specified for your size. However, if you are able to bring your pattern pieces to the fabric store of your choice and lay it up there before you buy your fabric, that works too. Most fabric stores are very happy to test this with you.
We definitely suggest starting with our Beginner patterns as these are the simplest and most straight-forward. A great beginner fabric to learn with is calico, or any non-stretch cotton. And the Internet is a great reference and full of videos on how to sew if you’re just starting out.
We would recommend to go for the larger size as it’s easier to cut a pattern down rather than add on to it. You will see that the grade rules (this is the term that we use for sizing – it’s the measurement that a garment increases / decreases for each size) are consistent. As in – the waistband grows by the same measurement each size. So if you are wanting to change a size, follow that standard measurement.