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Date: 4/18/12 7:33 AM

Has anyone used Arc patterns from Australia? They
are beautifully sketched but I would like to know how
they sew out before I order and pay extra postage>
Thanks in advance. Carolbee

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Date: 4/18/12 7:43 AM

I believe you are referring to StyleArc patterns.

Check the reviews, there are a full 8 pages of reviews for that company, just filter for the company name.

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Date: 4/18/12 7:44 AM

Oh yes!! and with good results for the majority of the patterns. There are reviews and several threads...look under StyleArc here...
.StyleArc reviews

Hope this is the company you mean..I don't think there would be two pattern companies so closely named...

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Date: 4/18/12 10:54 AM

If it is indeed Style Arc you are looking for, there are also lots of discussions on the topic. Try doing a search using Style Arc (with the space) here is one to start you off.
Style Arc
By the way, I love the patterns I have- specifically the Lynda pant and the Kate top

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Date: 4/18/12 9:30 PM

Thanks so much for your help. I am reading all reviews and
so excited to find such positive ones! Will definitely order now!

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Date: 4/18/12 9:40 PM

Thanks so much for your reply. I am reading the reviews now
and am anxious to order a couple of their patterns.

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Date: 4/19/12 10:02 AM

I would love to try a number of these patterns. I started to place an order for 3 patterns, which totalled $41.82 AUD. The shipping was $20.90 AUD. After converting the Australian dollar to the US dollar, the grand total was $64.87. That shipping is a killer! I didn't end up placing the order. Is there any US source for purchasing these patterns?

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Date: 4/19/12 12:16 PM

It appears that StyleArc patterns are only available directly from the Australian company. However, if you consider that you'll actually get 4 patterns (3+ the free pattern of the month) for $64.87, each pattern will only cost about $16 including postage. That's considerably less than the cost of patterns and postage from independent pattern companies in the U.S.

These patterns seem to be well liked by so many people. Include me as one avid fan who thinks they're well worth the cost. Hope you like them too.

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Date: 4/19/12 1:21 PM

Sometimes, you have to play around with the patterns and shipping..substitute a smaller pattern and leave the more detailed, heavier one to the next order.

I generally order once a month and order one or two patterns plus the free one. That lowers my monthly costs and I can tell myself, it's what I would pay for an Independent pattern company pattern...The upside is that I know that these patterns will fit me.

There is no longer an option for USPS. on my first order I was given that choice..the USPS postage was $71 for two patterns..Australian post was $12..it has since gone up, but not to the US postage standards.

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2010-115.5
2011-80.25+30+donated
2012 86.3 yds..
2013 21.0
Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987

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Date: 4/20/12 4:15 AM

If it is any consolation it costs me US$15 for 1-3 patterns, or US$25 for 4-7 patterns sent to Australia from BMV. And 99c sales are unheard of in Australia so buying locally is expensive anyway.

A significant portion of the postage cost to the USA from Australia is actually extra costs associated with additional security checks required by the USA. This is the extract from the Australia Post website about postage to the USA:

Air mail, ECI and EPI parcels

Due to heightened border protection and increased aviation security measures introduced by the US Government applying to inbound freight, there is likely to be delays of around 48 hours to parcels being sent to the US. These new security measures have increased cost implications associated with screening and transport, and as a result a $9 surcharge will be imposed on all parcels over 500g (16 ounces) destined for the US.

This surcharge has been introduced solely to cover the costs of the revised security arrangements required by the United States, and Australia Post does not profit from the surcharge.


While this does not make the high postage costs any easier to bear it does go some way to explaining why the cost is so high.

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