I’m down with a bad head cold that refuses to leave my body. So, the tutorial I had planned for this week is on hold until this wretched affliction leaves my body. Instead, I am going to review an independent pattern company.
Have you heard of StyleArc Patterns, yet? They are an independent pattern company out of Australia. Lately, their patterns keep showing up on sewing blogs. So, I’ve been
stalking looking into different pattern reviews to see what the buzz is all about.
I have to say, most of what I’ve read has been very positive. Everyone seems to agree that they are the best fitting patterns around. That’s a pretty big deal, if you think about it. Have you ever sewn a pattern from one of the Big 4 pattern companies and had it fit really well? Me either.
Here’s where it gets interesting ~because StyleArc is a small, independent company, they don’t have drawers full of multi-sized patterns. Nope, you take a few measurements to determine your size according to their sizing chart and order your pattern accordingly. If you have a few questions about your particular size, you can send them an email and they will promptly respond and help you determine which pattern size works best for you.
One of the things that first attracted me to StyleArc was their current and timeless pattern styles. A few months back I signed up to receive email updates. Sure enough, every month they have new patterns that reflect what is on trend. Not that I’m particularly trendy ~ but it’s nice to know that I could be trendy if I felt it necessary.
Because I am pretty much useless until this cold leaves my body, I took the time to read through every single StyleArc pattern review on the Pattern Review website. Almost every review praised the fit and cut of these patterns. Over and over reviewers said customer service and communication was excellent. This gives me confidence to try one of these patterns.
So, the not-so-good news about StyleArc is their location: they are in Australia and the shipping can be steep. I read some reviews that mentioned prices over $15 for shipping. Yikes! That makes your pattern cost around $30. If you’re used to paying $1 for a Simplicity on sale at Joann’s, these prices can really elevate blood pressure.
To offset this sticker shock, StyleArc now offers a free pattern each month. Now it’s two patterns for the price of one. That’s what I’m talking about when I say they have impeccable customer service.
StyleArc patterns are not for new sewists ~ not by a long shot, according to the reviews. There are no detailed step-by-step directions that walk you through the sewing process. These patterns assume that you are advanced enough to know how to lay out a pattern and follow simple directions. That said, any reviewer that ran into a problem usually had a comment stating how quickly the designer, Chloe, responded to their question. Again, excellent customer service.
I went in an did a mock purchase of the adorable Anita Peasant Blouse and here’s what it looks like. One thing to note – be sure to change the currency to USD (or your local currency).
Here’s what my mock purchase looks like. Notice that I’ve changed my currency to USD and the shipping is $17.78 ~ however, divided between two patterns (remember, you get one free!), that makes the shipping only $8.89 per pattern. I could almost live with that.
I’m pretty put off by the shipping charges, but if I hold out until there is a ‘freebie’ pattern that I really want, then the cost per pattern would be around $15 ~ which is a comparable cost compared to other independent pattern companies. That certainly makes the shipping costs now palatable.
So, overall, I think StyleArc is worth considering for future pattern purchases. I hope that one day they will be able to jump on the digital pattern bandwagon making it easy for all of us to get their patterns.
Now, I’m going to blow my nose and go to bed. See you in a few days.