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About Us

Pattern Emporium is all about sewing fashion at home.  You will find patterns you can download immediately and start sewing today, for yourself and your children or for your handmade business*.


Who am I?:

Hi, I'm Kate McAuley, the owner of Pattern Emporium. I've gathered together 20 plus years of experience in the fashion industry, including a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion, & combined it with my love for sewing for myself & my family, to bring handmade into your life.

You might not know this, because after all my years in the fashion industry it was a surprise to me, but the Handmade Community in Australia is massive. And it's not just in Australia, it's worldwide. And it's magnificent.


Learning Styles:

Pattern Emporium patterns are designed to cater to as many learning styles as possible. I'm not a traditionalist by any means. My aim with Pattern Emporium sewing patterns, is to enable you to sew fashionable pieces, quickly & easily, to create or compliment your wardrobe.

  • There are loads of photos, taking you step by step through each element of putting together a successful garment.
  • Sentences are short & to the point.
  • I have broken elements down into simple steps so that you can even learn to love adding a zip. Yep, you heard that right. 
  • There are also lots of tips, as you sew, to enable you to achieve a professional looking garment.


My Testing Team:

I have the most amazing, generous & thorough testing team. Whether we are testing ladies or kids designs, we not only test every size, we also make sure we include testers who cross over sizes (multi size) so that we can advise on tweaking fit for those of us who don't fit the standard measurements chart.

My fantastic testers also test every step of the sewing process outlined in each tutorial, so that we can make it as straight forward as possible for you to sew. We all love sewing so much, we want the same for you.

They are truly a blessing.


Sharing Group:

In our little handmade community I run on Facebook, the Pattern Emporium Sewing Circle.  It is all about supporting each other in this experience as we sew our PE projects. 

  • We have ladies who are relatively new to sewing, having discovered it after having their first child;
  • We have ladies who are just beginning their journey;
  • And we have ladies who have been sewing for years who, I'm very excited to say, have learned a few awesome shortcuts from my patterns.

In our massive handmade community, we call it handmade not homemade. We love it when people say "wow, where did you get that?!" which, I'm proud to say, happens often.

    I love sewing. I love clothing. I love teaching & I love that feeling of connecting & community. I want you to love it too. I want your sewing experiences to be positive & informed, in a language you can understand. 

    I'd love for you to take a look through my website. I hope you enjoy it and come back often as we add more patterns, more styling tips, more pattern hacks, and more tips & tricks. 

    Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!
    Kate x



    *Small home-based handmade businesses selling items on Facebook, Etsy or similar, may sell products made from my patterns, but must reference or tag Pattern Emporium in product descriptions, for example “This skirt was made using a Pattern Emporium pattern”. All patterns are not to be reproduced or shared in any way, including print or digital. Additional parties wishing to use this pattern/tutorial must purchase their own.

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