Most frequent questions and answers
Garments: The seam allowance is 5/8″ (1.6cm), unless directly stated in the instructions.
Bras: The seam allowance is 1/4″ (0.64cm), unless directly stated in the instructions.
Quilting: The seam allowance is 1/4″ (0.64cm), unless directly stated in the instructions.
The seam allowance is already included in the pattern – you do not need to add the seam allowance to the pattern.
Yes, seam allowances are included on our patterns. There is no need to add anything extra.
Yes, all the sewing patterns use layers. This way you can hide the size (or sizes, if you are between) you are not making it even easier to cut our the right pattern. This was also intental for those sewists who have certain disabilities that make it difficult to distinguish between the different dotted lines. It is important that we help to make our patterns as accessible to everyone as we can.
Our patterns in several formats to make it easier for you. We have the print at home option (US Letter) which provides the pattern on regular printer paper in a “tiled format” that you can tape together. The second format is a copyshop file (A0), so you can send the file to a printer and have it printed on large format paper. Lastly, we offer projector friendly files, so you can go paperless.
We have sizes from 2-20 in Missy and 18-36 in Curvy (plus). All the bodice patterns have A through H cup bust options for every size. For a detailed look at the sizes and exact measurements, be sure to check out the size chart.
If you take a look at the size charts, you will notice that the Missy range have a 12″ difference between the waist and hips and the Curvy range has an 8″ difference between the waist and hips. So, depending on where your proportions fall there is overlap to allow for a more customized fit.
We did not chat about bust size, as we offer cups A through H in ALL sizes (not just a B cup in the Missy a D cup in the Curvy).
The Stitch Société is a community for fellow sewists and Makers can connect and learn through their journey of sewing. It is FREE to join and there is a lot of free patterns, courses and content. It is also where the courses for the paid sewing patterns and courses are (i.e. The Ivy Pinafore Skirt & The Lilianna Couture Skirt Making Course).
From your home printer to get the perfect 100% scale – make sure to always print your sewing pattern at 100% scale (or click ‘no scaling’)! To get fully accurate measurements, you must ensure that scaling is set properly and that the measured square on the pattern (1″) matches up with 1″ on your ruler.
There is a detailed video in the Stitch Société that walks you through it.
You have unlimited access to your PDF pattern in your Stitch Société course.
If for any reason it is not showing up for you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you access right away.
Top Tip: If you want to ensure you always have the patterns on hand, it is recommended to download the pattern to your computer either on your hard drive or the loud (i.e. Dropbox or Google Drive)
To get started sewing you will need a few basic supplies. You’ll need a sewing machine, appropriate fabric for the project you want to make, thread to match the fabric (polyester for most garment sewing, as it is stronger and cotton if you are quilting, as it shrinks and scrunches up the fabric when the quilt is washed), scissors (or rotary cutter and mat – our preference), a seam ripper, glass head pins (woven fabrics), clips (knit fabrics and quilt bindings), machine needles (in different types and sizes depending on the type of fabric and project), flexible tailor’s measuring tape (so you can measure you size), an iron, ironing board or pressing surface, marking tools such as tailor’s chalk or water soluble markers, pens/pencils for tracing pattern markings onto fabric pieces. Depending on your project there may be additional items needed; our patterns and courses provides a full materials list and our blog has helpful tutorials to answer questions about what other supplies might be required for specific projects. Additionally Sheer Stitchery offers classes that provide more in-depth guidance on what to bring when getting started sewing.
No. The sewing patterns come in a .PDF format so you are not able to edit them.
We draft our patterns for busts A through H cups for each size range.
For height, we draft for a 5′ 5″ individual.
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For physical products that need to be shipped, please allow for 1-2 business days for your order to be processed for shipping. AWe make every effort to fulfill your order as soon as possible.
Are you located near Stony Plain, Alberta? We offer local pick-up (by appointment only). Just select the “local pick up” selection when processing your order and send an email to email@example.com to book a time to pick your order up.
Shipping charges for your order will be calculated and displayed at checkout and offer standard and expedited options. Domestic (within Canada) orders over $100 receive FREE shipping.
We offer standard and expedited shipping to the US and offer FREE shipping on orders over $200.
We offer international shipping to the rest of the world, as calculated at checkout.
NOTE: Your order may be subject to import duties and taxes (including VAT), which are incurred once a shipment reaches your destination country. Sheer Stitchery is not responsible for these charges if they are applied and are your responsibility as the customer.
When your order has shipped, you will receive an email notification from us which will include a tracking number you can use to check its status. Please allow 48 hours for the tracking information to become available. If you selected standard shipping without a tracking option, you will not be able to track your order. We highly suggest you select the tracked or expedited options at checkout.
If you haven’t received your order within 30 days of receiving your shipping confirmation email, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and order number, and we will look into it for you.
Thanks for shopping at Sheer Stitchery. If you are not entirely satisfied with your purchase, we’re here to help.
You have 30 calendar days to return an item from the date you received it. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused, unopened and in the same condition that you received it. Your item must be in the original packaging. Your item needs to have the receipt or proof of purchase.
Returns do not apply to patterns, digital downloads, or custom made items.
Once we receive your item, we will inspect it and notify you that we have received your returned item. We will immediately notify you on the status of your refund after inspecting the item. If your return is approved, we will initiate a refund to your credit card (or original method of payment). You will receive the credit within a certain amount of days, depending on your card issuer’s policies.
You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are nonrefundable. If you receive a refund, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund.
In the event that your order arrives damaged in any way, please email us as soon as possible at email@example.com with your order number and a photo of the item’s condition. We address these on a case-by-case basis but will try our best to work towards a satisfactory solution.
Refunds do not apply to patterns, digital downloads, or custom made items.