Disclaimer: The Curvy Sewing Collective was offered this product in return for a review on our site. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
Hello, readers! I am excited to have had the opportunity to try out Sprout Patterns and share with you my experience. Sprout Patterns is a division of the custom printed fabric company, Spoonflower, and combines indie patterns with fabric of any design you choose. Your pattern pieces are printed directly on your fabric and both the pattern and instructions are available to you in PDF form, so you can use them again.
It’s super easy to design your Sprout Pattern. I was given the Cashmerette Appleton dress to test out. As Sprout is combined with Spoonflower, there are so many options for fabric designs that the possibilities are endless. You can even design your own fabric if you wish. Honestly, as there are so many designs to choose from, it took me a while to decide on this one. With the handy app on their site, you can choose a few options and see how each one looks in your pattern. There’s a 360 and 3D view and it’s really fun to use. You can move the design around the pattern piece layout until you’re happy with it and either save your design for others to see and/or buy it yourself.
I usually grade between sizes when I make the Appleton dress and this option isn’t available with Sprout. Knits are more forgiving that woven patterns, so I picked a larger size and altered the sizing when I sewed it together.
When my fabric came it was neatly packaged and looked exactly like what I ordered. There is a wide white outline to the pattern pieces with the names of each piece printed. This makes it super fast and easy to cut out your pattern and get sewing. I’m slow at cutting patterns out, so this was a treat for me. I cut in the middle of the white spaces rather than on the thin line next to the pattern pieces as I wanted to keep the names of the pattern pieces intact. This just meant that I had to remember the added fabric to my pieces when sewing, which wasn’t a big deal to me, especially as I was altering the pattern size to fit me anyway.
The design is vivid and vibrantly printed on the fabric. The Spoonflower modern jersey is the fabric available for the Appleton. It’s the perfect weight for this dress and very good quality. It’s polyester, which is a fabric I tend to avoid, but it’s a good option for custom printed fabric. I’ve ordered fabric from Spoonflower before with varying results and it seems like the synthetic fabrics take the ink better and look more like what you’ve ordered. This one in particular washes well and doesn’t show needle marks like other Spoonflower fabrics I’ve used. It also doesn’t stretch and distort the design.
As I already have the Appleton pattern, I didn’t use the instructions provided by Spoonflower, but checked and the PDF is exactly the same. This pattern is always a nice one to put together and wear and I was confident with the fit as I’ve sewn a few already.
The Appleton is more of a cold weather dress for me as I tend not to wear knit dresses in warmer months. I chose to make this with short sleeves for more of a summery look. Being polyester, I figured this would be a pretty hot dress for me to wear, especially as it’s very hot here in California in the summer. Luckily, the temperatures were mild (70’s) when I took these photos and I decided to wear this dress the rest of the day. I found it to be pretty comfortable and the fabric is nice to wear.
I really like how the design is printed and how the pattern pieces look nearly seamless on the front of the dress. It would probably have appeared more so if I had paid attention to the placement of the neck bands and ties when I was sewing them together, as I think they also match up with the design. You could play around with the Appleton and have contrasting prints and colors, too.
Sprout Patterns: Final Thoughts
- Unique colors and prints which are hard to find, especially with knits.
- Easy to cut and sew.
- Print placement is perfectly aligned.
- Expensive. The pattern/fabric for this dress was $99.
- Not enough patterns to choose from in my size. Currently there are only Cashmerette and Colette patterns that come in larger sizes.
- Pattern is printed on fabric, so no way to do prior pattern alterations.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process of making this dress from fabric design to cutting and sewing. Having the design printed directly on the pattern pieces made this dress so fast to make. I am certainly spoiled now after sewing this. I’m very happy with my dress and I can’t be more pleased with it. Sprout is a good option if you’re sewing with a knit, but I’m not certain how it would be with a woven fabric as I usually make pattern alterations. However, I do far less altering with Cashmerette Patterns, so using those patterns would certainly be a good option. You could custom design an amazing garment with Sprout, or even a super cool bag or dog jacket.
If you want to try out Cashmerette Patterns by Sprout Patterns, you can get 20% off with the code CASHMERETTELOVE until June 27th.