Common Sense Patterns

Common Sense Patterns

This company offers a mixture of classic styles that are still worn today along with some vintage 1980s and 1990s styles. Several special pattern options make this collection worth a look, like a culotte jumper, simple silhouettes with tie-back waistlines, and an extended plus size range and nursing clothing patterns.


These patterns are done on 30 lb. paper which is very heavy and durable. Instructions are easy to follow as well. Excellent quality!

I love these patterns. They are my favorite modest patterns. They are right in line with Catholic Modesty Guidelines. They are easy to make and look lovely on. I'm waiting with enthusiam for the new patterns to be put up on the website.

Over two years now I've decided to dress modest. These have been my favorite patterns. Plenty of ease so not to be too tight on the body, easy to sew, and pretty and feminine in design. I've almost made everything here. And the new owner Melissia is so helpful. She has excellent customer service. Notice that most of these dresses can be dressed up and down for going out or for church or for a house dress. The blouses are long and modest. I like to wear mine over my skirt so as not to draw too much attention to my waist. None of the neck lines are too low. I follow the Roman Catholic guidelines to modest dress and this pattern shop has made it easy for me to follow. Only a few of the designs required me to lengthen the short sleeves to the elbow. Blessings.

The first comment was left by someone on staff at Common Sense Patterns. My understanding is that this company sources paper from Komar Alliance. The 30 lb. plotter paper Komar calls "bond" would be more accurately labeled "offset" according to its basis weight, since it is much lighter than the 20 lb. bond commonly used in most copiers and desktop printers (I have personally tested all the weights of Komar's plotter papers). The various rating systems for paper weight, or thickness, can be complicated to compare. Wikipedia offers an explanation of the different "basis weight" paper ratings with a chart showing how 30 lb. offset is a lighter weight, and therefore more translucent, than 20 lb. bond. For sewing pattern paper, this is actually a good thing, since the light weight and translucence allows fabric prints to be visible underneath and pattern markings to still be visible if the pattern must be flipped during cutting. A 30 lb. offset is still much more durable than the tissue used in most commercial patterns. See my post in the Fashion Belle forum on sewing pattern paper for more information.

I purchased Common Sense Patterns last year. Our staff consists of me and my husband. I am in charge of all aspects except printing. The plotter laughs when I approach! I buy heavy weight 30# paper from a supplier in Dallas. I like the thicker paper so that the patterns can be reused or saved.

I jumped at the opportunity to keep the patterns available for families like mine. I have 3 girls that I would like to see wear clothes that are feminine, comfortable and modest. I am working towards website modifications and adding new patterns.

I have enjoyed every minute of owning this company. I have met women who I find to be amazing! Thank you for allowing me to provide you with patterns. I look forward to what the future holds.

Hi Melissa, thanks for your personal note. You purchase from Komar's Dallas regional office, but the paper ships from converting facilities located in California. People interested in purchasing rolls of the same paper can read this paper review, also mentioned above: Sewing Pattern Paper.

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