LuLaRoe Copycats: My Pattern Picks

LuLaRoe has become a giant phenomenon, and I have friends and family that are huge fans, but for the most part I’ve looked at what they offer and thought “Man, I’m glad I can sew.”  Mostly because I often score RAD deals on knits and can actually save money sewing my own.

That said, I’ll admit I do own some pieces.  I’m definitely not begrudging the consultants that sell LLR; sewing is not for everyone.  Even as someone who does make her own clothes, sometimes there’s only time to buy ready to wear instead of DIYing.

That said, the beauty of sewing is you can make exactly what you want exactly how you want.  You can get the exact fit, fabrication, and colors or prints that YOU love (well, the latter if you can find ’em). And prints really are LLR’s shtick; the garments themselves are all quite simple.

Basically, I keep seeing sewing patterns and repeatedly thinking “That’s LLR *insert name here*!” so I thought it would be fun to share my pattern and fabric suggestions for some popular garments they offer.  Imitation is the purest form of flattery, amirite?

These are by no means the only options, but just the first or best (IMO) ones that have come to my mind.  In no particular order…

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Pattern:  Peg Legs by Patterns for Pirates


Bonus of this pattern is that it’s free.  Mama likes free. NAYY

Fabric:  Double brushed polyester spandex.  This is what LLR makes theirs from.  I’ve found some on and there are tons of custom fabric groups on Facebook where you can get some really rad prints. The downside of the latter is a custom printed yardage is pricey:  I’ve seen many print run $20/yd, while leggings straight from LLR are $25.  That said, with the negative press they’ve been getting lately, maybe it’s worth it still?

That said, polyester is sweaty in Summer; you can use any 2 way stretch knit with good recovery that has least 50% stretch in each direction (because:  dat ass).

DIY Differences or How to Hack:  There’s no elastic in the waistband.  You could pretty easily add it if you wanted by splitting the waistband horizontally (remember to add seam allowance) and sewing into the inside piece, but it’s not in the pattern as written.

My Makes: post here


Nicole or Ana



Pattern:  Lady Skater by Kitschy Coo


Sweetheart Dress by Patterns for Pirates looks like another good contender, but the info below is for the Lady Skater.

Fabric:  Mid weight knit with good recovery.  I’d definitely suggest a 2 way knit for comfort in the bodice and armscye/sleeves, but 1 way is fine for the skirt.  Of course, you want to stretch to go around the body in a 1 way stretch knit.

DIY Differences or How to Hack: Different sleeve lengths are offered; the sleeve on these LLR dresses is between the short and mid length sleeve (elbow length).  The bottom of the front bodice is curved.  As for skirt lengths, Lady Skater is generally shorter than both of these dresses.  For Nicole you may need to add a couple of inches to the skirt length (YMMV), for Ana you’ll likely need to add a couple of feet.

My Makes:  post here

Lady Skater

Lady Skater

Maxi or Azure



Pattern:  McCall’s 6966 views A (Azure) and C (Maxi)


Fabric:  Mid weight knit; 1 way stretch recommended so you don’t have a lot of vertical stretching out of the garment and bounce as you walk (unless you’re into that kinda thing, then by all means!)

DIY Differences or How to Hack: This one is pretty spot on!

My Makes:  I’ve made two of these in the hi-lo hem, but have blogged neither.  I made a third with a gathered overlay, but none really represent the spirit of the LLR garments anyway, so I won’t put a photo here.

Sarah or Joy



Pattern:  Simplicity 8377 views 1 (Sarah) and 2 (Joy)


This is a brand new Simplicity that pretty much triggered the writing of this post.

Fabric:  Light to medium weight sweater knits; a fine rib or hacci would probably be very close to the fabrics these are offered in.

DIY Differences or How to Hack:  Sarah:  View 1 is really close, just missing the pockets.  Pop some patch pockets on around hip level and you’re set to go!  Joy:  Use View 2 and create side seam slits to hip level and you’re golden.

My Makes:  None; this isn’t really my style, so I don’t own this pattern.



Pattern:  McCall’s 7561


Fabric:  See Nicole or Ana

DIY Differences or How to Hack:  The bodice of this pattern is an easy starting point for Amelia.  You COULD also use the same pattern as I suggested for Nicole/Ana, but I feel that the Amelias I’ve seen are more on par with the conservative neckline of this silhouette.  The neckline on this pattern is bound (or turned/hemmed) instead of a band like the LLR version.

The sleeves on Amelia are a bit shorter than her other dress friends, so I’d likely go with view A’s sleeves, maybe with a bit more length.  For the box pleated skirt, you would cut a rectangle about 3 times longer than your bodice waistline measurement (one for front, one for back) using the View A or B length and a starting guideline.  You’d want 6 box pleats on the front and 6 on the back, accounting for seam allowances on each side.

My Makes:  I’ve definitely considered sewing up this hack, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.



Pattern:  McCall’s 7348


Fabric:  Mid weight jersey knit.

DIY Differences or How to Hack:  Dude, View B.  I’m not certain this one is quite as flared/tented as LLR Carly, but damn close enough.

My Makes:  I’m really on the fence about Carly; I know quite a few women who love her dearly, which makes me wonder if I should give ‘er a try.



Pattern:  Pirate Pencil Skirt by Patterns for Pirates


Another P4P freebie!  Wheeee.

Fabric:  Mid to heavy weight jersey or double knit.  Ponte would be fabulous.

DIY Differences or How to Hack:  Another that’s pretty dang close as is!

My Makes:  We shall not speak of it, as it did not turn out well.  My advice:  even if your waist is a size bigger than your hips per the chart, make the waist of the skirt in the same size as your hips, don’t size up.



Pattern:  I have definitely seen Julias with both raglan and set in sleeves.

Raglan:  Simplicity 8174


Set in:  McCall’s 6886


Fabric:  Mid weight knit

DIY Differences or How to Hack:  Both:  lengthen the skirt (if that’s your thing; I feel like midi length is not really a great thing on…most people.  But that’s just my opinion.) and shorten the sleeve to elbow length.  Simplicity:  leave the kangaroo pocket off.  McCall’s:  Use view A or C, depending on the neckline you’d like (neckline finish on this is also different from the LLR version)..

My Makes:  Not sure I’ll attempt this one; it’s a little close cut for me.

As for the LuLaRoe tops, I can’t really say which patterns I’d use to make them, mostly because I’m not really interested in hacking them or haven’t seen patterns that make my brain go “DING!”.  Do you have any ideas for Irma (drop shoulder), Classic T (set in sleeve, body skimming) and Perfect T (trapeze) copycats?

And whew…there it all is.  I could go further, but I’m tuckered.

Go faux LuLaRoe!


15 thoughts on “LuLaRoe Copycats: My Pattern Picks”

  1. So interesting, I lived in the England and haven’t heard of them but I’m sure we have similar. I love looking at clothes and finding patterns that are the same/similar or hackable. It’s so wonderful that we can achieve the same look but that (usually) fits much better. We are awesome 😊😀👏

    1. Yes, so great being able to make things actually FIT!

      My general view of casual fashion in the U.S. vs. England (or Europe) is that we are kind of slobs compared to many parts of the world. LuLaRoe is all knits, and I feel like I see a lot more nicely fitted woven garments on folks outside of America!

  2. Love the list! I made that same McCalls pattern you have listed as a Carly copy and it gets mistaken for the real thing. I made the pattern as written and there is plenty of room!

    I found that New Look pattern S0179 view A is similar to Irma is you add a little length to the front and a lot to the back. It’s easy to adjust the back and make it rounded if you leave out the button closure and just cut on fold.

    There’s another McCalls pattern M7093 that is close to the Randy. I sewed view C and added a little length all the way around. Bonus, the McCalls pattern has optional pockets!

  3. I have been searching for a mae or scarlett pattern high and low my daughter loves them but I can’t bring myself to pay retail for them for a farm kid who constantly wears her nice clothes to the barn!

    1. For Scarlett, have you checked out Made for Mermaids Nina or Halla Patterns Sweet Agnes (hi-lo hem would be easy to draft in the latter)? I haven’t seen anything around quite like Mae, but I also just have a little boy so I’m rarely on the hunt for girls patterns.

  4. Thank you so much for this article. I have been wanting to get back into sewing and just make it all myself! I was super excited to find out that patterns on McCall’s website are on sale right now so I was able to order the patterns you’ve listed here for under $3 a piece.

    1. So, Shirley looks like she’s a waterfall cardigan with kimono sleeves. I feel like I’ve seen similar in some Indie patterns but didn’t take note of them at the time. You might find that New Look 6378 is a good starting point, though the center front is more straight than a waterfall.

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