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Frequently Asked Questions


How does shipping work?

Patterns are posted from South Africa, using the local mail service that delivers worldwide. Please note we do not send by courier, so please provide a postal address. We will send your pattern within 2-3 business days of your order. And we'll let you know when it's been sent! Delivery is likely to be 10 to 15 working days minimum. 

Orders can be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. If you are concerned about your order, please get in touch.

What about missing or damaged goods?

If your parcel does not arrive within 30 days of payment (unless in the case of extreme delays for whatever reason), we will send a replacement.

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

Please note no returns or refunds.

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 paper only. 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. Have a look at the example picture of the Amy skirt pattern layout below.