sisterMAG Patterns is the sewing pattern shop and resource for DIY patterns from the sisterMAG team. A sustainable and conscious lifestyle says NO to Fast Fashion and YES to homemade, DIY, individual pieces created by yourself. You know the worth of your clothes when you've created every seam and detail.
For a long time handmade fashion meant jersey sweaters and untailored garments. We've grown up with the understanding that handmade clothes are not less fashionable than bought ones but exactly the opposite. Our mom Evi Neubauer studied Textile Engineering in Berlin/Germany in the 1970s and 80s. Because of her living in the GDR she was never able to pursue a career as a fashion designer but used her creativity at home for the most lavish garments and crazy ideas. This passion contributed to more than 60 issues of the online magazine sisterMAG by her daughters Toni & Thea with extravagant cover dresses and collections inspired by the newest runway trends.
We have gathered her wit and ideas for all-things DIY and have created @sistermagpatterns, an online shop and space for the elegant do-it-yourself aficionado who is looking for modern, interesting patterns that scream Paris Fashion Week rather than smalltown fabric shop.
If you want to follow along, please subscribe to our Social Media or have a look at the Online Magazine sisterMAG, that features all past patterns and ideas how to style our creations.
Who are our models?
As of now we have worked with hundreds of friends and non-models that we have asked to wear our clothes for shoots in our magazine sisterMAG and for collections on sisterMAG Patterns. Especially during the Corona pandemic we tried to keep team sizes small and often asked our teammates to "model" for us. Hence Sahra, one of our former working students, showed our loungewear collection or designer Ilaria from Italy wore our early autumn styles in 2020. Since day 1 of sisterMAG we have worked like this, thus we have many back stories and great women that sported our patterns throughout the years.
If you'd be interested in having professional photos taken by our team that is used to working for large brands in beauty and retail, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We love to get to know you and always love to organise a shoot. Our office is situated in Berlin/Germany.
A few words on size inclusivity
Sometimes it is harder to do your homework than other times. As soon as we started getting into grading our patterns – for a long time we only had one size of all the sewing patterns that were published in our magazine sisterMAG – we asked the professionals that help us in that area to go up sizes beyond 44/46 and to include the grading to 52 or beyond. We quickly learned that this - unfortunately - was a naive thinking. We were taught that we would have to design entirely new patterns for sizes 46-52 that flatter and fit women in the way we are striving to do.
As we are a super small team with limited resources we do not have the expertise in house - yet - to develop those patterns although we would really like to offer a more diverse range of sizes. As we don’t want to sell something that is ill-fitted and won’t work we are limited to the sizes that we can offer right now.
However, if you are an expert in this field and would like to help us in this area (part-time ;)), we are very open to working together and welcome experts in our team.
Thank you so much for reading.
The sisterMAG Patterns team
Without a team of amazing designers and experts we wouldn't have been able to start this shop – we thank our sisterMAG Patterns team with our internal team and new external experts!
All tutorials & translations:
Evi Neubauer, Anna Schmalfuß, Christianah Ajayi, Amie McCracken
Project Management & clothing technology:
Evi Neubauer, Thea Wittemann
Marie Darme & Ilaria Trombí & Ezbah Ali & Alina Tahir
Omotayo Adegeye, Sandy Sandoval, Rima Bajracharya, Mariia Galushka