Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get in touch with you?

The best way is via email, for our contact details and contact form click here.

What sizes do Style Arc patterns come in?

Our sizing is closest to Australian ready-to-wear sizing which may be different to the sizing you are used to. Please use our size chart and guide (click here) to choose the size that best works for you! If you have any concerns about sizing please get in touch and let us know your measurements and the style, or styles, you're interested in and we'll do our best to help.

How do I know which size to get?

Please check your body measurements against our size chart and guide (click here). If you have any concerns about sizing, just get in touch with your body measurements and the style (or styles) you're interested in and we'll do our best to help.

What if I get stuck on a sewing problem?

For general sewing problems, your best bet is to check out sewing blogs or head to our tutorials section on our site. If you are not able to find what you are looking for there, contact us for a specific to Style ARC patterns sewing question.

I'm just starting sewing. Can you recommend an easy sewing pattern for beginners?

We have many simple patterns suitable for beginners in our range. All our styles are rated from "Easy" to "Experienced sewer" on the product description page. Keep an eye out for patterns classified, "Easy". Simple styles for beginners have no zippers, no fasteners, no lining, no fusing and definitely no button holes! Check out the Harper Jacket, Ollie Tunic, Cruise Club Kim Dress, Peta Pant and Fay Skirt.

Is seam allowance included in your patterns or do I have to add it myself?

Yes. We include seam allowance in our patterns. The seam is marked with a dashed line on the pattern.

I have a strange body shape; which size should I choose?

Part of the fun with making your own clothes is creating garments that finally fit you well. It's the reason why a lot of our customers make their own clothes. Please use our size chart and guide (click here) to choose the size that best works for you. Just check your body measurements against the size chart and choose the best size for you. If you have any concerns about sizing please get in touch with your measurements and the style, or styles, you're interested in and we'll do our best to help.

Can I sell products that I made with Style Arc Patterns?

Purchasing a Style Arc sewing pattern allows you to make garments for yourself or as gifts, not to sell to others. Use of Style Arc patterns for commercial purposes is prohibited. To enquire about the commercial use of Style Arc patterns, please contact us.

The garment I made is not exactly the same at the picture on your website. Why?

While every effort is made to provide the best possible information, sketches or pictures of clothing on our website are indicative only. Your results may vary based on a number of factors including the fabric, equipment and skill used by you in connection with the relevant pattern.

I own a shop. Can I sell your patterns?

If you own a shop, please get in touch to discuss wholesale opportunities. We would love for you to sell Style Arc patterns to your customers.

I run a sewing class or sell sewing tutorials. Can I use your patterns?

If you run a sewing class or present sewing tutorials you are welcome to use Style Arc patterns. Each student will have to buy their own copy of the pattern as Style Arc patterns are licensed for individual use only. Please make sure you credit the pattern to Style Arc and double check that you're using the correct pattern name in the class or tutorial description and materials.
For large classes we might be able to offer a discount code for your customers. Please get in touch if you would like to enquire about this.

Can I use pictures and reproduce information from your website?

Unless otherwise indicated, copyright in the information on this website is owned by Style Arc. All rights reserved. Except for the purpose of a bona fide use of this site or as otherwise permitted by the Cth. Copyright Act 1968, this site or any portion of this site may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, re-sold or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose that is not expressly permitted by Style Arc.

Do I have to pay taxes when I order?

Where applicable, Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST) is applied to your order.

Do you sell your patterns on Amazon?

Yes. We sell multi-size printed patterns on Amazon in the US and UK. European customers can buy from the UK Amazon store. Buying through Amazon gives you access to cheap and fast shipping. If you are an Amazon Prime member your usual benefits apply too!

Do you have any coupon codes? I want a discount!

We offer discount codes from time to time. They are advertised to our mailing list via email. Sign up now and don't miss out on our special offers!

Do you sell downloadable patterns?

Yes. We sell downloadable patterns in PDF format. They are available on our site for you to buy right now. Check the product listing to make sure you are looking at a PDF pattern – the product name will have PDF at the end of it and the “pattern format" will be listed as “DOWNLOAD". For further information on downloadable patterns click here.

How do I know which fabric to use?

We include fabric suggestions in the description section for each product. Fabric suggestions are also included on the construction guide when you receive your pattern. Did you know Style Arc also sells fabric? Many of our styles are drafted with our very own Style Arc fabric in mind. Check out the fabric section of our site for more details.

How do I know how much fabric to buy?

We include fabric estimates in the measurements section for each product. Fabric estimates are also included on the construction guide when you receive your pattern.

What should I do if I find an error on a pattern?

We do our best to carefully check all of our patterns before release. We also work through a comprehensive sampling process as part of our quality control process. It is rare, but unfortunately minor errors sometimes happen. We're only human after all. If you think you have found an error, please get in touch to let us know! We might even send you something to say thank you.

What do I get when I buy a paper pattern from Style Arc?

You receive a professional pattern on quality paper with construction notes and other instructions in a pattern envelope. The Style Arc team has decades of fashion industry experience. We're proud of the fit of our garments. We're always looking for the latest trends and design up-to-the-minute styles for you to sew at home.
We have two types of hard copy paper patterns: single-size and multi-size. Most of Style Arc's recent patterns come in multi-size. For multi-size patterns a number of different sizes (for example sizes 4 - 16, 10-22 and 18-30) are nested in a single pattern. Each size is printed in a different colour.

I bought a paper pattern but I haven't received it yet. When is it going to arrive?

We aim to dispatch orders within three working days. We send deliveries by Australia Post to Australian customers. If you purchase 8 or more patterns, your order will be shipped via UPS for International customers and Australia Post Express. All patterns are printed to order in Melbourne Australia - during periods of high volume (usually at the start of the month or when new products are released) dispatch times can be between three to seven working days. Factoring in printing, processing and delivery, Australian customers should receive their goodies within 12 business days. Most international customers should receive their orders within 20 business days. Unfortunately due to Covid, sometimes international deliveries can take up to 8 weeks, depending on how busy your local postal service is and the discretion of the local customs officers.

Thank you for your patience!

I bought a digital pattern but I haven't received it yet. When is it going to arrive?

Digital patterns should be emailed to you immediately. If you haven't received your patterns within 60 minutes, please check your SPAM or JUNK folder. Sometimes emails from unexpected addresses can be filtered out by your mail system. If you still can't find your pattern files, please contact us with your order number and we'll look into it.

How do I know if a sewing pattern is suitable for my skill level?

All of our styles are rated from "Easy" to "Experienced sewer" on the product description page.

How often do you release new styles?

We add new styles to our site every few weeks. You can find out when new styles are released by signing up to our email newsletter or following us on Facebook or Instagram.

Are your sewing patterns exclusive?

Our patterns are styled and drafted by our design department especially for you. We work hard to come up with exclusive new styles every few weeks from our studio in Melbourne, Australia.

How do I fuse pattern pieces?

The preferred way to fuse pattern pieces is as follows. Iron the fusing to the wrong side of a piece of fabric. Make sure the piece of fabric is large enough for all the pattern pieces requiring fusing. Then lay the pattern pieces down on the fused fabric and cut them out.

How deep should I cut into the matching notches?

Always cut the notches less than the seam allowance. For example, on a woven pattern where the seam allowances are 1 cm (3/8") notch the fabric 5 mm (1/4").

I have purchased a PDF but am not able to remove layers. Can you help me?

Our multi-size pdfs patterns do not have the option to remove layers for sizes.