Vintage Sewing Pattern Company FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to buy your PDF A0 full-size patterns but want to have them printed at a printing company to keep my shipping costs low.

PatternToPaper - based in the UK, Sandra, Dave and Mike will print your PDF sewing patterns onto their special sewing pattern paper and deliver them to you quickly and economically. Their paper is lightweight (22GSM), strong and translucent, making it easy to align with the features of your fabric.  The paper is up to 42 inches wide and can be cut to any length. for more information contact them via email at

Where to find your purchased PDF sewing patterns?

Upon purchase, you'll receive an email containing a link to a download page, or you may be directed straight to an instant download page. If you can't locate the email, check your spam folder first, as 98% of the time, the file ends up there. Another possibility is that the email associated with your account has changed, or you might be checking the wrong email account.

On the download page, you'll find all your purchases listed. Simply click on the digital purchase, which will lead you to the download page where you can click on "DOWNLOAD" to save the PDF to your computer. Once you log in, you'll have perpetual access to the files.

How many times can you download the pattern? Unlimited!

Saving PDF Sewing Patterns:

After downloading the pattern, it's essential to save it in a location where you can easily access it. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • A designated file on your computer
  • Other Cloud Storage services

What you'll need to download and print the PDF Sewing Pattern:

  • A PDF viewer (Adobe Acrobat is recommended and available for free download).
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Desktop computer or laptop

Printing the PDF Sewing Pattern:

Before printing, open the zip file and check it contains a printing instructions, sewing instructions and the file/files for the actual pattern.

  • All printers are different, so printer queues may vary.
  • All patterns will require printing at 'actual' size. Ensure that "fit to page" or "page scaling" options are turned off.
  • Check the paper size (American Letter or A4).
  • Look for a test square provided in the pattern. Print this page only to verify the correct printing size before proceeding to print the rest of the pattern pages.

Print Shop Copy A0 files:

If you have A0 files and don't have a large format printer, download them as usual and then email them to your local Print Shop for printing or see our Partners Page for a discount PatternToPaper 

I love the pattern but it’s the wrong size?

Never miss out!  There are many re-sizing (sometimes called regrading) YouTube tutorials to choose from that will guide you every step of the way and also written tutorials that also guide you every step of the way.  We recommend the following site:

I want to adjust my bust size

We recommend a really good YouTube channel on how to do a full bust adjustment with Fina Makes;

 How do I buy a Gift Card?

Type in Gift Card in the search bar. If unsure or you require a different amount contact us on our contact page.

Which shipping service do you use?

Royal Mail which is a key part of UK’s infrastructure. Royal Mail is and always has been the number one reliable shipping service for both the UK and overseas. Any questions please either message us or contact us on our contact page.

How much does shipping cost?

UK Shipping - £1.99 Tracked

International Shipping - We offer a very competitive FULLY TRACKED low shipping rate which is automatically adjusted in the cart at checkout. Shipping is calculated by the weight of the pattern(s). 

When will my order be shipped?

We endeavour to despatch within 1-3 business days once payment has cleared. You can always contact us to request another shipment quote for the quickest delivery method and quote.

Do you offer true to scale shipped printed paper patterns and full instructions?

Yes this is indicated as 'Paper Pattern' in the drop down menu. Sewing patterns, included with full instructions as standard, are printed on A0/A1 size white premium quality paper and full instructions, which are delivered to your door.  Any enquiries please contact us via our contact page.

Do you offer instant PDF downloads?

We certainly do! You will find them on the menu header - 'Downloads'. We are constantly adding instant true to scale PDF digital downloads to our collections and are available as US Letter/A4 size and also A0  Print Shop Copy. The patterns that are now available as Print Shop Copy are stated in the 'What you will receive' in the body of the item description. Instructions are included in all of our patterns as standard.  

How do I download a PDF pattern?

There is a link on every PDF pattern listing that you can click and it will take you to the 'How to' video. It's easy! 

How many times can I download the pattern?


My pattern won't download?

You cannot download on your mobile, you must download to a PC.

Do you provide a "Print Shop Copy"

We have now begun to include A0 Print Shop Copies with our most recent downloadable patterns. . Just contact us if you wish an A0 size if it isn't already included. Please note; instant downloadable PDF patterns are non-refundable. Contact us via our contact page if you would like to know more!

'Original Pattern' - What does it mean?

Original Pattern (in the drop down menu of the listing) means it is the original authentic sewing pattern from the 1920s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60's, 70's. tIf you choose to buy the original - you are buying a piece of history and also an investment.

'Paper Pattern'' - What does it mean?

Paper Pattern means it is the exact reproduction of the original pattern.

What does 'Multiple Sizes' mean?

Multiple sizes mean that the Paper Pattern or the Instant Digital Download is available in more than one individual size. The drop down menu within the listing indicates which sizes are available.

What does 'Multi-sized mean?

Multi-sized means that the pattern is a 'nest' of multi sizes (lots of sizes in one pattern). These are usually sewing patterns that have been re-sized to fit modern day figures.

How do I know if the pattern will fit?

We advise customers to compare their actual measurements to the pattern measurements themselves. We also advise to do a toil (mock-up) beforehand to ensure the correct fit. Any questions?  Please contact us.

Do you offer refunds?

Offers of a refund are only if we have made a mistake ourselves, but please contact us as we will be happy to resolve any problems. We pride ourselves on our 100% customer satisfaction as we want all of our customers to be 'happy sewers'.

Please note; refunds are not accepted on instant PDF downloads.

Do you offer returns?

We will offer a replacement if it was a mistake by ourselves at no extra cost. Returns are not accepted on digital PDF downloads.

I have given you the wrong address?

Don't worry. If we haven't already dispatched, we will amend your delivery address. Please contact us within 24 hours.

My pattern hasn't arrived.  What do I do?

First of all please check that it hasn’t been left at the door and you have missed it or check that your neighbour hasn’t taken it in for you - you may have missed the postman’s note. If your pattern is late there will be a clear explanation, so please check your emails. Please contact us and we will endeavour to help you.

Can I leave a Review? Receive a FREE PDF instant download!

We would absolutely love you to and it will only take you two minutes -'PROMISE! ' and it will really help our business to grow! In return we will reward you with a 'FREE' PDF instant download of your choice. We would love it, if you could kindly send us a photo of your finished garment and we will include it in our image gallery. (the image has to square, clear and preferably you or somebody else wearing the garment). On the bottom of every listing there is a 'write a review'.

Can I pattern test for you?

Of course!  We would love to hear from you.  Please contact us and we will send you the guidelines.

Where can I find recommended fabric companies?

We have a link to our 'Recommended Partners' in each description to help you choose your perfect fabric. 

Are you on Social Media?

Yes, we are on all Social Media platforms - please follow us.  The links are on the bottom of the first page of our website - just click the Social media logo.

Do you do collaborations?

We love collaborations, so please contact us! 

Could we advertise on your Vintage Sewing Pattern website?

We have a Recommended Partners tab on the main menu and as long as we feel it would be beneficial to our customers.

I missed the latest pattern release and special offer.  How can I prevent this for next time?

Simple! Subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of the main landing page for our latest releases and offers. 

Do you sell your patterns to wholesalers?

Yes, please email us for prices and we will be happy to help you.

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Have you a fab photo, Instagram reel, tik tok, YouTube or video?

If you have a fab photograph that would be suitable for our website, Etsy, Amazon and eBay, also social media, please email us:


The photo must be square, clear and high resolution, showing yourself (or a friend) from head to foot (e.g. if it is a dress, suit etc) or your top half if it's (e.g.; a top, blouse, jacket etc)  - basically so that we can see the finished garment at its best. Please - no distracting backgrounds and no phones in the photographs  please.

Instagram Reels, Tik Toks, YouTube - again please email us.

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