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Date: 10/18/13 5:46 AM

Hello all! I am an Aussie recently returned home after living in Europe for 6 years, and I am a bit stumped as to where I can buy patterns online. With a toddler at home and no car, it's not easy for me to get to Lincraft or Spotlight, so I was hoping to order patterns online as I used to in the UK and Germany, however there doesn't seem to be much available - Lincraft only lists Simplicity and Vogue patterns on their site, and all of my searches re-direct me to the US Big 4 sites which have a pretty steep postage charge! Have I missed something?

I would love to hear of any sites PR members use, including independent designers. I do know about StyleArc and plan to order from them, but there's a McCall's pattern I'd really like so I'm trying to find a source for them too. Many thanks in advance!

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Date: 10/18/13 6:07 AM

I don't know of any local ones for the Big 4. The US sites do regular sales and when you combine this with buying several patterns at once the price per pattern including postage works out more reasonable. Personally I just wait for Spotlight's sales, but it's hard if you can't get there.

We do have local sellers for independent patterns. e.g. SewSquirrel,IndieStitches and there are others too.

Hope that helps.

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Date: 10/18/13 6:12 AM

Hi Anelie, welcome back. Given the price difference for patterns between here and the US I find it cheaper to buy McCalls, Vogue and Butterick directly from the company. They have a 'membership' program for $10 a year which gives bigger discounts off the patterns. You can get 3-5 sent for about $25, combined with the sale prices of about $3-$5 it is still cheaper than to buy instore here.
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Not sure about Simplicity or Burda, but both spotties and lincraft have online ordering, but the selection is very limited. HTH

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Date: 10/18/13 6:50 AM

Welcome back Downunder, Anelie. I agree with most of what Red Dragon said about buying Vogue, Butterick and McCalls on line, from the Vogue website. They have sales very regularly, almost monthly, and Vogues are usually $A4.99. Postage is $A15 for three patterns, more than three and the price goes up to $20+. It can take up to two weeks for them to arrive but if you pick current patterns you get them months before they are available here. I don't know that I would recommend joining the BMV, but that is a matter for you. Joining means you get the patterns for about an extra dollar or so cheaper, joining is about $10 for 12 months, so you would have to buy at least ten patterns to get your money's worth.

We have a PR Sewing Downunder chat group. Please join us over there, we will keep you informed when there are specials on in local stores or on-line, as well as sewing and general chatting.
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Date: 10/18/13 6:58 AM

You can phone any Lincraft store and order items to be posted. I know it works for fabric, I assume they'll post patterns too. Clegs in Melbourne may also be worth calling.
I often find new patterns on Ebay - postage for a single pattern is usually less than $2.
Perpetual Patterns carries some independant designers - postage is reasonable and fast.

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Date: 10/18/13 7:54 AM

I would imagine that a decent fabric shop would post patterns out to you - many of them do mail requests for swatches and will post fabric. I'm pretty sure The Cloth Shop (Ivanhoe, Melbourne) would do that but you may be able to find one more local so that you can easily ring them to order. I have bought patterns from Knitwit, but I can't remember which lines they carry.

The downside is that the patterns are likely to be full priced, whereas the overseas sites have much better discounts available - if you want several the overseas price may be better, even when adding postage.

edited to add: I see everyone else has responded while I was away from my PC, I didn't check back, just posted. But I remembered that Spotlight also has a mail order service, you should be able to find the details on their website.
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Date: 10/18/13 8:08 AM

Welcome home Anelie

SewingPatterns.com stock just about every pattern and have weekly sales.
McCalls are on sale for US$2.99 until Oct 22nd.
Todays Paypal rate US$1 = .92 cents AU

Postage is $8 something for the first pattern and then less for additional patterns. Sometimes there is a hick up with delivery, be sure to keep a copy of your order. Paypal can be used too.

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Date: 10/19/13 1:36 AM

Oh this is wonderful info, thanks kindly everyone! I take your point re waiting for sales on the BMV site and combining patterns for postage - that would really be fine as I'm never in a huge rush to sew (alas! ;-)).

Thanks also for the welcome home! It is exciting to be back, and I'm really looking forward to getting to know the sewing scene around Melbourne (I did a quick tour through Clegs a few weeks ago while my son was sleeping in his pram, Liberty lawns, wow! Clearly the place to go for a special project).

Thanks again :-)

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Date: 11/8/13 4:55 AM

Hi Anelie, I see you have been to Clegs. If you watch their Facebook page and sign up for their email list, you can find out when they have pattern sales on.

They have half-price patterns a couple of times a year.

Their website is AWFUL but if you phone them or email them and ask for the patterns you want they will post them out. The staff are helpful.

I live 1.5 hours outside Melbourne and although I can get to Lincraft/Spotlight I find shopping for patterns there a bit difficult. Given the lack of staff on the floor, I can't imagine phoning them would be much better!

Welcome to Melbourne, by the way!
Sarah :-)

P.S. I have bought indie patterns from SewSquirrel and can recommend them.

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Date: 11/8/13 7:45 AM

G'day Sarah!

I did not know about Clegs' e-mail list - will join at once. Completely concur on the sad state of their website! It would certainly be an advantage to have patterns posted locally in terms of the wait - I have bought 4 patterns from sewingpatterns.com, however it took about 2 1/2 weeks for them to arrive, and one was sent in error (M6606 for M6506, an easy mistake to make and they have promised to send out the right one ASAP). I have bookmarked SewSquirrel and look forward to giving some indie patterns a go, probably post-Christmas at the rate I'm going..! ;-)

Thanks so much for the welcome - I think Melbourne's ace :-D

Anelie

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