Frequently Asked Questions





Local shipping (within south africa)

Collection at the studio in Cape Town is free. When you have placed your order, please email me to arrange a collection time.

Orders over R250 are free.

Orders under R250 or parcels over 300g cost R60.


International shipping

Orders over R250 are free. For all orders under R250 or parcels over 300g, please see below.

Letter size up to 300 g – R90
Small parcel up to 500 g – R120
Medium parcel up to 1 kg – R240
Large parcel up to 2 kg – R500

Notes on local and international shipping:

  • The weight of your parcel is automatically calculated at check out.


How does shipping work?

South Africa

Local orders are sent via courier – you will receive a tracking number with your order. Please provide a physical address so that the courier can deliver directly to you.

Our couriers service all major centres including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, East London, Kimberley, Klerksdorp, Polokwane, Witbank and Nelspruit.


International orders are posted from Cape Town, South Africa, using the local mail service that delivers worldwide.

We do not send by courier internationally, so please provide a postal address. All orders are posted as registered mail and include a tracking number. 


When do you post orders?

We will send your pattern within 1–3 business days of your order. And we'll let you know when it's been sent!

We go to the post office for international orders on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9am. So, most weekday orders will be posted on Friday mornings, and weekend orders on Tuesday mornings. :)


How long will it take to arrive?

Local orders sent by courier take 3 to 5 days to deliver.

International orders are posted through the South African Post Office, which takes 7 to 14 working days to deliver. Sometimes orders can be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. If you need your order urgently, please email me to arrange expedited shipping via courier.



Sure, that can be arranged! We deal with expedited orders on a case by case basis. If you need it fast, please email me and we can chat.


What about missing or damaged goods?

We can't take responsibility for patterns damaged in transit, but if damaged goods are supplied by us, they will be replaced.

All orders are sent in good faith with a tracking number via the postal system, unfortunately we cannot be held liable for lost or stolen goods.

Please note no returns or refunds.


What’s my size?

Afternoon uses an alphabetised sizing chart to encourage you to choose your size on your body measurements, not preconceived notions of what size you are. To help you along, the approximate equivalent UK/US sizing is indicated alongside.

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Afternoon patterns are designed and graded using the metric system. The inch measurements given above are the closest conversions of the metric measurements.

We know that bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Sewing patterns are standardised by nature and cannot always account for our beautiful diversity! Unless otherwise stated, the pattern includes 15 mm (5/8") seam allowance and 30 mm (1 1/5") on the hem. 


PDF sewing patterns


What is a printable sewing pattern?

Printable sewing patterns are digital PDF documents that are immediately available for download and printing at home, which means more sewing and less waiting for the post! There are a few things to keep in mind about digital patterns, which you can read more about below.  


How will I receive my printable sewing pattern?

After you check out, you will receive a direct download of your pattern. That's it. You simply save the file, for printing at home, at the office (naughty!) or at the copy shop. 

If you have to navigate away from this page, or close it by mistake, never fear! You will also be emailed a download link for your sewing pattern purchase. So, when you're filling out your details, just make double-sure you type in the correct email address.

In the email you receive, click on the download link, which will open up your web browser to view your files. You will have three attempts to download the files, so if you plan to reprint later, make sure you save your pattern!


How do I use my printable sewing pattern?

Afternoon's sewing patterns are designed to print on A4 or Letter size paper. When you print, please select "actual size", "scale to 100%" or "turn off scaling". This is a very important step so that your sewing pattern is printed at the correct size. 

Once printed out, cut along the frames and assemble the pieces row by row, matching A1 to A1, A2 to A2 and so on, keeping in mind that A is the top row, B is the second, etc. Once they're all in order, tape the pieces together, snip the pattern out and you're ready to start stitching.