We are a small, independent pattern company inspired by ready-to-wear apparel from designer and specialty shops.
Great Copy Patterns are current, classic in design and emphasize easy sewing techniques. All our garment patterns are multi-sized from ex-small to ex-large with some extending to 2X and 3X. We also include a “check your size” box to help determine size selection. Most patterns have the option to be cut but some need to be traced. We pride ourselves on well-illustrated, easy to understand instructions that accompany each pattern.
We got our start in 1986 when Ruthann Spiegelhoff, the original owner, designed a complete line of “Units” patterns. Following the success of “Units”, Ruthann began copying ready-to-wear designs from upscale boutiques and specialty stores and made patterns called “Just another Great Copy” which is where Great Copy Patterns got their name.
She continued designing patterns and in 1994 published her first book, “Polarfleece Pizzazz” and two years later, “More Polarfleece Pizzazz.” Both are best sellers for outerwear and accessory design and along with Ultimate Polarfleece Pizzazz have nearly 100,000 in print.
Ruthann retired in 2000 selling the store and pattern company. Great Copy Patterns became available again and was purchased in October 2004 by Pattie Otto, who had worked for the Spiegelhoff’s since 1986. She continues the line by selecting classic styles with a great fit that are quick and easy to sew using ready-to-wear shortcuts.
About Pattie Otto
Drawing from a lifetime of sewing, Pattie started an alterations business in 1982 but soon realized a passion for teaching others to sew. She has taught extensively over the years, with her favorite classes being machine embroidery, heirloom work and silk ribbon embroidery by machine.
Her enthusiasm for fabric, texture, pattern design and construction is evident in all aspects of her sewing and design. You will see the impact of this enthusiasm when you visit our website or our booth at the various expos and events we attend across the country.
After living in Southeast Wisconsin most of her life, Pattie and her husband Rick moved to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia to be closer to their two grandsons.