After the wonderful response to our first stand-alone paper pattern, the Swing Skirt, The School of Making launched the 2018 Build a Wardrobe patterns (Panel Tank, Palazzo Pant, Frances Dress, and soon-to-be-released Ezra Coat) as digital PDF downloads and printed paper versions. We’re expanding our offerings with the launch of the paper version of all four 2017 Build a Wardrobe patterns.

Only offered in digital formats previously, the Factory Dress, Drawstring Pant, Wrap Dress, and Car Coat patterns can now be purchased à la carte and added to your home design studio.

Packed in a sturdy, eco-friendly paper envelope, each nested pattern comes in sizes XS to XXL, and includes instructions for fabric selection, cutting, and garment construction.

For in-depth sewing, appliqué, alteration, and embellishment instructions pair any of the patterns with our School of Making Book Series. Be sure to visit our Maker Supplies and Maker Supplies + Stencils page for bead mixes, fabric, Mylar stencils, and all the notions you will need to create your newest garments.

To find these paper patterns, simply select the “physical” option in the drop-down menu of the pattern of your choice on the Studio Books + Patterns page:


Factory Dress


Car Coat


Drawstring Pant


Wrap Dress

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P.S.: If you are a store owner and are interested in carrying our paper patterns please contact Bonnie, Wholesale Coordinator for The School of Making, at workshops (at)


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  1. joanne shima

    Thank you! I’ve ordered a few digital patterns and have not been able to print them out in the proper scale. I’m so happy to see these 2 patterns available in print.

    1. Alabama

      We are working on the 2016 Build a Wardrobe patterns for a future release. Keep an eye out for them in the coming months.

  2. Linda Stutterheim

    This makes me so happy! I love to have the paper patterns from you, makes sewing life so much easier. More beautiful styles to add to my AC wardrobe! Thank you, AC!

  3. Gayl Harner

    I am so happy to have the option of paper patterns!

    Could you please explain the difference between the Factory Dress and the Tank Dress from the 2nd and 4th books? Is it just the neckline?

    And is there a sleeve available?

    Thank you for any help you can give!! Gayl

    1. Alabama

      Thank you for your comment, Gayl. You are correct in that the neckline is different between the two. The Tank Dress fits a little tighter down through the bust and waist, while the Factory Dress is more fitted in just the bust and has more room at the waist. The shape and fit are very similar, though. The Tank Dress does not have a sleeve, but the Factory Dress does! You can find the Factory Dress Sleeve on our Journal at the link below: