Vintage Sewing Pattern Company FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

Never miss out!  There are many re-sizing (sometimes called regrading) You-tube tutorials to choose from that will guide you every step of the way. We recommend the following site: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4368/making-sense-of-pattern-grading/page/all

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 - FREE

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

When will my order be shipped?

We endeavor to dispatch within 2-3 business days once payment has cleared. You can always contact us to request another shipment quote for the quickest delivery method and quote.

How will Covid impact on shipping delivery times?

Thankfully Covid is improving throughout the world and postal services have resumed their speedy services.

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

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

Do you offer instant PDF downloads?

We certainly do! We are constantly adding instant PDF downloads to our collections. You will find them on the menu header - 'Downloads'.

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!

Do you Provide a "Print Shop Copy"

Yes of course!  Just contact us and we will be happy to help. The price will the same as a standard instant download - no more!. Please note; instant downloable 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 that the Paper Pattern has been digitally reproduced from. If you choose to buy the original - you are buying a piece of history and also an investment.

What does 'Multiple Sizes' mean?

Multiple sizes mean that the Paper Pattern or the Instant 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.

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 last 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.