Frequently Asked Questions


Where are you located? 

This is an online store only. Based in Albury, a regional town located on the border of NSW and Victoria, Australia.

What currency do you use?

Australian Dollars (AUD). To browse using US dollars, Canadian Dollars, Euros or British Pounds, click on the tiny flag icon at the top of the home page.

How do I choose the right size for my pattern? The sizes seem to vary so much... 

Please do NOT search using your "ready to wear" clothing size, as sizes vary across decades, pattern companies and different countries.

Choose the correct size pattern, by looking at the size information on the reverse side scan of the pattern. For women, measure your bust (for tops and dresses), or your waist (for pants and skirts). Choose one size larger if your measurement falls between two sizes. To narrow down your choices, use the search bar on the home page. Start by using as few key words as possible, for example: search "maxi dress bust 36", then you can add more keywords to narrow down your search. 

I'm new to sewing. How do I find an easy pattern to begin with?

Try searching "easy" or "beginner" in the search menu. Look for patterns without zips or buttons. Elastic waisted skirts and pants are good for beginners; Raglan-type sleeves are easier than set-in sleeves.

What's the difference between "printed" and "unprinted" patterns?

In past decades, home sewing patterns were produced in an "unprinted" format. Patterns made before the mid 1960's (in Australia), or earlier (USA), are usually unprinted. This means the tissue pieces were pre-cut in the factory, and had perforated symbols to denote grain lines, darts, fold lines, etc, rather than lines and symbols printed on the tissue.

"Printed" patterns, as they are manufactured today, have printed markings, lines and seam allowances printed on the tissue pieces. The pieces are usually printed with several pieces arranged on large sheets, which require cutting out before use.

Are the patterns all checked complete?

Each pattern is checked for completeness. The description should be read fully before purchasing, as any faults or small missing pieces will be detailed. Instructions for patterns are always included, unless specifically stated otherwise.

How should I store and care for my patterns?

Patterns are sent in an acid free, clear cello resealable packet. Please store the pattern in its cello packet, out of direct sunlight, away from moisture. If you are purchasing a very old, rare or precious pattern, it's a good idea to trace a copy of the pattern pieces (tissue paper or thin, cheap interfacing is ideal). This preserves the original by reducing handling. 

Do you ship worldwide?

Yes. For more detailed information on shipping, please see the shipping link on the home page. Unfortunately, I can no longer ship to the United Kingdom, post Brexit.

What payment methods do you accept?

Payment providers are listed at the very bottom of the home page. For Australian customers, direct bank deposit is also available.