The largest companies that make sewing patterns are The McCall Pattern Company and Simplicity. There are dozens of independent sewing pattern manufacturers, including Sew Liberated, Colette Patterns, Favorite Things, Hot Patterns and Fit Me Patterns.
For decades, the four best-known pattern brands were Simplicity, Vogue, Butterick and McCall's. The McCall Pattern Company now produces Vogue and Butterick patterns in addition to the McCall's brand and Kwik Sew Patterns. Simplicity Creative Group currently produces patterns under the Simplicy, New Look and Burda Style brands, as of 2015.
The home sewing pattern industry began in 1860, when most patterns were on unprinted paper and available only in one size. Printed patterns, illustrated pattern envelopes and instruction sheets came along in the 1900s. While Ebenezer Butterick and James McCall were creating patterns as early as the 1870s, Simplicity patterns did not arrive on the scene until 1927. By focusing on ease-of-use and lower prices, Simplicity grew rapidly, and its patterns are now sold in over 60 countries, as of 2015.
Partnerships have been a key factor in growth and success of the pattern industry. A partnership with Conde Nast publishing brought the Vogue Pattern brand to life. The Advance company started making patterns in 1933. In 2007, the fashion design reality show "Project Runway" signed a licensing agreement with Simplicity for its sewing patterns.