SIZING: Can’t choose between two sizes? No problem! All patterns are available in multi sizes as we find very few ladies measure exactly to a size chart, so you can choose the best sizing for YOU and will have an excellent starting point to create a perfect garment.
DIGITAL PDF PATTERNS: New to PDF’s? The beauty of Digital or PDF patterns is that they are instant! They are designed to be printed at home on standard quality computer paper A4 or US letter paper – so much stronger than tissue paper, which ensures durable and long-lasting patterns. Our most recent patterns also include an A0 files for printing at a copy shop. I want you to be able to remake your favourite garments, again and again, revisiting your pattern archive like an old friend. I recommend sticking them together with scotch ‘magic’ tape, it doesn’t yellow over time and you can get a pin through it! NO NEED TO PRINT EVERYTHING…to save ink and paper view your maker instructions on-screen and just print the pattern. READ the instructions first, they’ll tell you which pages to print. Print the page with the test square first. It MUST measure to size or your pattern will not fit. Having a problem? Take a look at our printing tutorial.
PAPER PATTERNS: Our paper patterns have been printed on 70gsm weight paper, they include a fully illustrated Maker Instruction Booklet and a sturdy boxed wallet for to store your pattern in.
SEAM ALLOWANCES ARE INCLUDED IN THE PATTERN: Be careful to take the correct seam allowances, they are listed on the pattern and in the instructions.
TOILE FIRST!: Make a TOILE: I highly recommend making a toile first. A toile is just a quick mock-up of your pattern to check the fit for you. Any old fabric will do. It needs to be of a similar weight and drape to your lovely fabric of choice. Just run up a quick sample, no need to bother with pockets or neatening of seams, you are just making sure the length and fit are going to be OK, and give yourself a chance to do any necessary pattern adjustments before you cut into the decent stuff. If you need to do any pattern adjustments, KEEP A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL PATTERN, trace off (or be able to print off another original) in case things don’t go according to plan and then do the alterations. There is a multitude of books and online tutorials dedicated to altering and fitting patterns. Toile again to be sure you are happy. Taking the time up front to individualise your pattern may seem tedious, but once you have done this, you can churn out as many garments as you want with confidence!
•Wash and press your fabric
•fold the fabric and layout pattern pieces according to the cutting diagrams.
•pin in place (pin in the seam allowance for accuracy when cutting and no pin damage to your garment)
•PAY ATTENTION TO THE GRAINLINE
•cut out, leaving pattern pinned to each piece so you know what it is later
The boring but necessary bit…
Due to the new E.U VAT laws on digital downloads making life complicated for small business’, patterns can currently only be purchased through Etsy.
PAYMENT: Payment is secure and can be made through Etsy using debit or credit cards or PayPal.
I’m sure you will be delighted with your purchase; however, if you are unhappy in any way please contact Mrs Maven at firstname.lastname@example.org
DIGITAL PATTERNS: refunds will not be given for digital products once they have been downloaded.
PRINTED PATTERNS: We hope you are delighted with your pattern. Should you wish to return a physical product please contact us within 7 days before doing so. Goods must be in their original condition – undamaged, unopened and unused. Cut patterns cannot be returned for any reason. Refunds on physical products will be issued to the original method of payment once we have received the item. We do not refund the original postage costs for returned goods, unless a fault or error on our part. You are responsible for postage & other return costs, the goods are also your responsibility until they have been received by us. We recommend using a recorded delivery/tracked postal service. Postal charges will only be reimbursed to you by us in the case of faulty or incorrectly supplied goods. Should a refund be agreed for any reason, the item must be returned to seller within 14 days of receiving the item. You are also fully responsible for the payment of any international taxes levied for a return package, e.g customs duty and/or VAT. To avoid this charge, please clearly mark your parcel RETURNED MERCHANDISE.
ERRORS: Spotted an error? Our patterns are tested and retested for fit, accuracy and ease of use, but we are only human! If you spot a mistake let us know and we will correct it.