Frequently Asked Questions
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Royal Mail 24 Tracked £4
Standard (not tracked) £2 – free for orders over £25
Tracked & Signed £8.45
United States, Australia and New Zealand
Standard (not tracked) £6.80 – free for orders over £25
Tracked & Signed £10.85
I offer a subsidised shipping rate for South African orders
Standard (not tracked) £3
International (rest of world)
Standard (not tracked) £6.80
All orders are sent with Royal Mail. I do not send by courier, so please provide a postal address.
For larger parcels (750g to 2kg), the shipping price will calculate at checkout.
How long will it take to arrive?
I pack all orders within 1–3 business days and you will get a notification email once it has been dispatched.
UK orders can be expected the next working day after dispatch. International orders to Europe take three to five working days, and up to seven working days for the rest of the world.
Sometimes orders can be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. Please email me if you are concerned about your order.
Please note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, postal services outside the UK are delayed, often up to 14 working days.
What if I need it faster?
Sure, that can be arranged! I deal with expedited shipping on a case by case basis. Please email me so we can chat about options.
What about missing or damaged goods?
I can't take responsibility for patterns or goods damaged in transit, but if the damaged goods were supplied by me, I will replace them for you.
All orders are sent in good faith via the postal system. Unfortunately, I cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen parcels.
Please note no returns or refunds.
What is my size?
All patterns released from 2019 are in my new size chart (A to J). All patterns released from 2014–2018 in sizes A to F are slowly being updated. Below is a list of patterns currently available in each size chart:
New size chart A to J: Pigeon tee, Amy skirt
Previous size chart A to F: Cali dress, Fern shorts, Lyra top, Sparrow wrap, Heron culottes, Cosmos bralette
[Last updated: 29 January 2020]
Bodies come in all shapes and sizes – sewing patterns are standardised by nature and cannot always account for our beautiful diversity! Afternoon uses an alphabetised sizing chart to encourage you to choose your size on your body measurements, rather than a preconceived idea of what size you are. To help you along, the approximate equivalent UK/US sizing is indicated alongside.
New size chart
Previous size chart
Do your patterns include seam allowance?
Yes! Unless otherwise stated in the instructions, all patterns include 15 mm (⅝") seam allowance and 30 mm (1 ¼") 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 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 below.
May I use your patterns to make items to sell?
Sadly, no. All parts of Afternoon patterns are for personal use only. The patterns may not be reproduced, distributed or shared. Items made from the patterns may not be sold.