FAQ

Frequently asked questions

How will I receive my pattern?


Drape & Stitch patterns are available in digital format. You will not receive a paper pattern, garment of clothing, or printed copies of the digital files. Once you have purchased a pattern, it will be available for immediate download.

Patterns are delivered in digital PDF format. Patterns are also available by clicking on the link sent in your confirmation email, which is valid for 30 days. If the link has expired, contact Drape & Stitch to have it resent.

Your purchased files are available for download at any time from the ‘My Orders’ section of the website.




What is included with my pattern?


You will receive immediate access to your purchased digital pattern, and attachments, in the following formats:

  • A4 & US Letter: At-home printing

  • A0: Print Shop/ Copyshop printing

  • Projector file: For use on projectors

All patterns are available in layers, so you can simply select and print just your required size.

Each pattern comes with a full tutorial which includes:

  • Sewing Terms

  • Pattern Details:

    • Design & Fit

    • Size Range Conversions

    • Difficulty

    • Finished Garment Measurements

  • Fabric Selection

    • Fabric Recommendations

    • Fabric Requirements

    • Stretch Fabric

  • Supplies and Tools

  • Body Measurements

  • Size Charts

  • Pattern Printing Guide

  • Fabric Cutting Layout

  • Fabric Preparation

  • Adjustments

  • Sewing Instructions

  • Tester Photos

  • Helpful Tips

  • Pattern Hacks

  • …And more!

The Sewing Instructions are accompanied by detailed, easy to understand, step-by-step illustrations.

You will also find helpful pictorials for each sewing pattern by clicking here. This is a visual aid to accompany the detailed steps in your pattern.




How do I know what size I am?


Drape & Stitch patterns are available in AU 6 – 24. View the size charts by clicking here.

A size chart is also included with each pattern, as well as a guide on body measurements.

The most common measurements used for sizing selection are bust, waist and hips. Where a pattern requires another measurement (for example, neck or high bust), this is included in the size chart on the pattern product detail page.




I Need HELP!!


Drape & Stitch are available for all pattern queries, help, support, and feedback via the contact page here.

We highly recommend using the Facebook group, by joining here. This is a great resource where our lovely community share their knowledge, skills, and photos of garments they have made using Drape & Stitch patterns.

You can also view pattern pictorial guides here and join our mailing list here.




What if I don’t own an overlocker/ serger/ coverstitch machine?


You don’t need to worry here! All D & S patterns are designed for use with sewing machines. The pictorials shown on the website are all sewn with sewing machines, in order to be user-friendly for all our sewists (don’t forget- there was once a time where these didn’t exist!).

We provide stitch recommendations in all sewing instructions. So, whether you are using a sewing machine, serger or coverstitch machine, you will find you can sew a D & S pattern easily.




How do I know if I can sew a Drape & Stitch pattern?


All patterns are user-friendly, for all skill levels. There are lots of detailed instructions included with each pattern, so flex your sewing prowess and take it on! The pattern difficulty levels are on the cover page for each pattern, based on:

1. Beginner and Advanced Beginner: An understanding of basic sewing and finishing techniques for easier projects.

2. Intermediate: An understanding of finer techniques and details involved in sewing, such as zippers, bindings, darts etc. Can read/ alter and adjust patterns and garments if needed.

3. Advanced: A thorough understanding of more complex sewing construction. May be able to draft patterns, drape, work with tricky fabrics, and alter and adjust garments with complex techniques.

4. Expert: A thorough understanding of complex sewing techniques, as well as the design process. May be able to design patterns, sew couture, and do advanced fittings and garment adjustments.




How do I print my pattern?


A pattern printing guide is provided with each pattern, or by clicking here.




What is the transaction currency?


All transactions are processed in Australia Dollars (AUD) and include GST (Goods and Services Tax).

A currency converter is available from the top dropdown box, so you can view the pricing in the following currencies: US Dollar (USD), Canadian Dollar (CAD), Euro (EUR), British Pounds (GBP), and New Zealand Dollar (NZD).

Total costs for your order are displayed in the shopping cart, in your selected currency.

D & S does not guarantee the accuracy of the currency conversion, nor shall we be held liable for any discrepancies.




Do you sell gift certificates?


Aren’t you a lovely friend! 😊 Yes, Drape & Stitch gift certificates can be purchased here.




What fabric do you use for Drape & Stitch patterns?


The sample pieces displayed, as well as tester pieces, come from a vast array of fabric suppliers. Where possible, we will list the fabric used for the garment displayed and the place of purchase.

Due to the fast turnover nature of fabric, especially those that are seasonal, it may not always be possible to find the exact same fabric.

Do not despair! We have your back- considering every Drape & Stitch pattern is designed with versatility in mind, we are sure you will find a host of fabrics suitable for every pattern.




How do I adjust or alter my pattern?


We all come in a fabulous range of shapes and sizes! We try to cater to as many of these as possible. If you find that fabulous you needs to tweak a D & S pattern, there are guides for making adjustments in each pattern.

We also recommend simply grading between sizes if required, or if to suit your taste. For example, you may like to top cut at a size 10 bust but have it wider at the hips, so grade to a size 14.

Don’t feel restricted! Play around. Make a toile and test fit!




Can I copy, distribute, or re-sell my Drape & Stitch pattern?


We strive towards building our loving sewing community, and fully support at home sewists who use our patterns to re-sell as garments. Please fully reference Drape & Stitch in all communications that involve our patterns, so we can share the love!

D & S patterns may not be re-produced for commercial use or sale.

Please do not use the photos from the D & S website, or other forms of media, as your own work. We are more than happy for others to reference our patterns in posts, blogs, tutorials etc as long as it is fully credited and attributed to Drape & Stitch.

Under no circumstances are Drape & Stitch digital patterns to be made available for resale. No pattern, in part or whole, including supporting documentation such as instructions, are to be copied. These are created and owned by Drape & Stitch.

Drape & Stitch patterns are allowed for classroom use, provided they abide by the distribution and copying policies in the D & S policy, available here.




How do I become a pattern tester?


At Drape & Stitch, we aim to be all inclusive of our sewing community. We do not have a dedicated tester group. When a new pattern is in the testing phase, it will be posted on the Facebook group here. This post will contain a link to a tester form for that pattern.

Once numbers are filled, the form will close to new applicants. You will receive notification via email with instructions if you are selected for pattern testing.

Testing is open to sewists of all levels of experience.

You can also receive notifications of pattern testing by joining our mailing list here.




What is the refund/ returns policy?


Please choose carefully. Due to the digital nature of our products, we do not give refunds if you simply change your mind or make a wrong decision. You can choose between a refund or exchange where items are faulty, have been wrongly described, or are different from what you purchased on the website.




Do you have a customer service policy?


Drape & Stitch is committed to providing exceptional customer service. We endeavour to make sure that all items listed on our website are available, and that pricing is true and correct. Please contact us here with any queries or concerns.

The full Drape & Stitch policy and terms of use are available here.




What are the payment methods?


Payments are accepted by all major credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX, Diners, CUP, JCB and Maestro. PayPal is also available on checkout.





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