Sew Liberated began in a drafty adobe house on a street without a name in rural northern Mexico. The year was 2006, and Meg McElwee was working as a Montessori teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. With no internet, television, or phone line, Meg spent much of her time honing her sewing and pattern drafting skills. Eventually, she started a blog and began selling patterns based on her designs. Sew Liberated was one of the first indie pattern companies to emerge from the crafting renaissance, and hopes to remain a small, friendly, and fashion-forward presence in the indie designer community. Over the years, Sew Liberated has evolved to focus on slow fashion, sustainable practices, and mentoring women to look at their sewing as a practice of self-care. We truly believe that the act of making one’s own clothes is a transformative act both personally and on a global scale, as long it is done through the lens of sustainable fashion. Our online course, The Mindful Wardrobe Project, helps women heal their relationship with clothing and style, and adopt a healthy slow fashion practice.

The Sew Liberated team includes Meg & her partner, Patrick, who handles all things technological, as well as the warm and helpful Judith Henrikson, who partners with Meg in pattern drafting, tutorial creation, and answer your sewing-related questions. The fun and uplifting Ashley McIntyre brings her background as a certified style and wardrobe consultant to the Mindful Wardrobe Project, acting as our community facilitator. We are also fortunate to have sample-making help from Amy Nichols and Kim Ventura. Have a question? We have a handy form you can use to contact us.

Click here to learn more about Meg.

How to Purchase a Paper Pattern

Sew Liberated loves and supports independent fabric shops! We only offer digital PDF patterns here in our online shop. We encourage you to purchase our paper patterns directly from your local shop or an online retailer. A list of our wonderful retailers is available here

Have a question?

Trouble with your order or with accessing your downloads? Send an email to For sewing-related questions, please contact Judith at We’re more than happy to help!