Pattern Roundup: Sew with Ukraine
One way to support the Ukrainian people is to sew with Ukraine. You can patronize Ukrainian-owned shops via Etsy. Although mail service has been disrupted, purchasing PDF downloads of sewing and crafting patterns is an effective way to help Ukrainian artists and families.
Unlike our usual Pattern Roundups that focus on specific patterns, this list includes links to the shops. Visit these Ukrainian-owned online shops to see their entire selection of patterns.
Alyona’s Tailor Shop
Alyona’s shop includes PDF sewing patterns for women’s and men’s garments, adorable bundled sets, and some great accessories. If you’re looking for casual, easy-to-sew pieces (shorts, cropped tops, wrap dresses, and robes), take a look at Alyona’s designs.
Yuliya Dudas of Odessa, Ukraine, designs sewing patterns for women and children. She also has a number of hats in her collection. I am particularly fond of this crop top for my college-age daughters and love the little girls’ dresses too much to not mention them.
Patterns By Lara Dog and Cat Clothes PDF Sewing Patterns
Lara Boldyeva knows that folks love to keep their animal companions looking cool, warm, or just plain stylish. She offers more than 40 patterns for casual outfits and formalwear for cats and/or dogs of all sizes. Most patterns are sewn, but there is also a design for knitting a cozy dog sweater.
Tatyana’s shop has some adorable patterns for women, including dresses, jumpsuits, and tops. The size range is on the small side, and the patterns don’t come with sewing instructions, so you’ll need to have basic to intermediate sewing skills. Online reviews indicate that Tatyana, the designer, is responsive and helpful if you reach out with questions.
Natasha Zinenko from Zaporizhzhya Oblast, Ukraine, offers patterns for these cute gift bags and ever-popular scrunchies. The straightforward patterns are intended for beginners and for quick sewing. If you’re teaching kids or sewing novices, these patterns would be a good place to start.
Yulia’s patterns for women’s and children’s aprons are as cute as they are practical. With few seams, these designs are ideal for sewing in big, bold prints. And speaking of big and bold, take a look at the pockets—they are waiting to be filled with art tools, cooking implements, packets of seeds, or anything you need for your favorite messy hobby. The patterns get great reviews, and buying them is a chance to support a shop in Kyiv.
Oleksandra Derenovska designs and creates unique quilt block patterns, many featuring stylized images of wildlife, from insects to elephants. She also has a wonderful new design based on the Ukrainian flag, with a heart in blue and yellow. Instructions are easily followed, quick and fun to make, and beginner friendly. Show your love for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people by purchasing and sewing this symbol of solidarity.
In addition to embroidery designs to make cross-stitched Ukrainian protection amulet, Svetlana sells the pattern to sew this cute, scrappy fedora. There’s also a pattern for an upcycled denim cross-body bag.
The Magic Of Embroidery
With more than 250 machine embroidery patterns to choose from, you are sure to find something you like at Olena’s online shop. I’m a little bit Irish and a little bit Ukrainian—and a whole lot enamored with this pattern for St. Patrick’s Day.
Irina offers more than 450 unique machine quilt patterns—including some wonderful borders. Many designs are offered in multiple sizes and a wide range of machine formats.
I keep seeing macramé popping up in shops and at shows. Perhaps now is the time to take on a new craft. If you’re interested, Alina Bohdan’s designs come with full, illustrated instructions.
Have you made any of these patterns? If so, be sure to share pictures in our Readers Closet gallery or tag us on Instagram with #memadethreads. If you find any garment sewing patterns from Ukrainian companies, please drop us a line. We’d like to include them in this list.
The wonderful Teresa Hardy (desewtropia on Instragram) has a website with a growing list of Ukraine Etsy sellers https://teresahardy.com/ukraine/ She spoke on Sew Organised Style podcast about this website when she first developed it (https://seworganisedstylepodcast.com/2022/04/01/meet-teresa/). Teresa keeps it updated each week for sellers that may have been missed.