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Date: 4/4/12 12:44 PM

I have been reading some review lately for patterns from Style Arc. I found the sight and found serveral patterns that I liked and wanted to purchase. The price of $15 per pattern was a little steep considering I usually get my patterns for 99 cents at JoAnn but I figured that if I really liked the patterns and they are different enough, then why not pay the rpice. However, when I went to check out the shipping was a killer. That I couldn't justifty. However, I love these tops:






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Date: 4/4/12 12:57 PM

Mary, as I understand it, purchasing from Australia is the only option at this point. On another thread, someone mentioned that the company prints each pattern to order. They are small and fairly new, and are not in a position to print lots of stock to send on spec overseas.

The shipping is steep! So far, it has been keeping me from jumping in. However, Style Arc has been throwing in a free pattern with every purchase (without increasing shipping), and the first one you listed is, I believe, the free pattern this month. So, if you were to order just one pattern, and get that top thrown in for free, you might consider that your shipping costs really purchase the 2nd pattern.

There's also some sort of club you can join that has benefits, but I don't know the details. Maybe someone else will elaborate on that.

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Date: 4/4/12 5:38 PM

Purchasing from Style Arc directly is currently the only option for all the reasons stated. I've seen it mentioned from those in the US that they find the shipping most economical when purchasing is groups of three.

You can also put any number of patterns in your cart, check the shipping then remove or add patterns until you find the best shipping. And no, shipping between our countries is not cheap, but these patterns are so worth it!

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Date: 4/4/12 7:23 PM

Be sure to change the currency to USD while shopping on the StyleArc website. I took a quick look, and three of the patterns you mentioned appear to be $12.85 and one is $11.56, and the first one you mentioned (Anita Peasant Blouse - priced at $12.34) is actually offered for free during the month of April with any purchase. Shipping usually runs me about $5.00 per pattern, with no extra shipping cost for the free pattern.

Here's how I like to think of it: five patterns for the cost of four (~$50) + the shipping cost of four (~$20) comes to $70 or an average cost of $14 per pattern for each of the five patterns, including shipping. That's actually less expensive than the cost of independent patterns manufactured and shipped in the U.S.

A bit of rationalizing works here because, IMHO, these patterns are worth every penny - including shipping. The patterns and customer service are great. If you decide to join the StyleArc wave, I hope you enjoy them too!

Edited to add that I didn't notice at first that Marjoriekh had already mentioned the monthly freebie. I also failed to mention that I did buy a StyleArc membership, and that came with a free pattern of my choice, a 10% discount on all patterns purchased, and a free piece of bengaline fabric (that we can't buy in the U.S.). Oh yes, and a tiny Koala bear! I don't yet know whether there's anything else to come, but suspect that the membership benefits change each year. I've found the membership to be worthwhile - as well as fun. I also thought it was a great way to send a message of support to this great new pattern company.


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Date: 4/4/12 7:42 PM

I'm curious how these work for folks who aren't thin? I'm about a size 14-16 in US ready to wear, and don't like my clothes to fit tightly. I'm having a heck of a time finding a knit top pattern that fits. I keep running into sleeves that are too tight, and/or when the pattern is scaled to a larger size, the shoulders hang off towards the arm. Hard to explain but I'm not skilled enough at pattern alteration yet, so my attempts at trimming the armscye aren't working out too well.

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Date: 4/4/12 7:42 PM

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Here's how I like to think of it: five patterns for the cost of four (~$50) + the shipping cost of four (~$20) comes to $70 or an average cost of $14 per pattern for each of the five patterns, including shipping. That's actually less expensive than the cost of independent patterns manufactured and shipped in the U.S.




I just ordered my first Style Arc pattern yesterday after reading so many good reviews. I came to the same conclusion that the total price (factoring in the free pattern) was actually less than some of the independent patterns I have been buying in the US. If I am as happy with the pattern as I expect to be, I will be buying a membership as well. I cannot wait to try these!

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Date: 4/4/12 7:52 PM

Cindy, if you read the Style Arc pattern reviews there are several positive reviews by plus size ladies.

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Date: 4/4/12 9:44 PM

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If I am as happy with the pattern as I expect to be, I will be buying a membership as well. I cannot wait to try these!

I strongly believe in supporting the independent pattern and fabric companies, so I am willing to pay a little bit more to further the sisterhood of sewing. For as much as we complain about Joann's, why do we further their sales??? We are so spoiled!!!

Perhaps they could cut a deal on shipping if PR would do something crazy like place one order for multiple patterns a month to one shipping address, then we could ship it out from the states. Just a crazy thought...

What is this 'membership' that you are talking about?

Love Tessuti too, maybe they could bundle into one box for me???

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Date: 4/4/12 10:57 PM

Just abit of informatiion, Stylearc are in the process of upgrading all their patterns to size 30 to fit us chunky ladies :)

Chloe has advised and she knows I sharing the information, that if you see a pattern and it not in your size, just put a note in the note area of the size you want and they will upgrade the pattern for you. She has done this twice for me now!

Yes the prices of the patterns are atad dear but they are a very good fit and each month they have a free pattern special. They elected what this pattern is so you can get two patterns for the price of one.

Postage is a killer from Australia to USA or anywhere else unfortunately but sometimes, if you can get a decent pattern that works really well, its worth it..

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Date: 4/4/12 11:55 PM

I'd like to add that the customer service is superb as you can tell by the offer to grade to a size needed by 1 person! I am in between sizes and a PR member suggested I email Chloe with my measurements. That notion was pretty surprising. I described my body to Chloe so the measurements made sense with my proportions and said I am comfortable doing a FBA. She looked at the numbers closely and got other opinions before replying. I asked about the the Pleated Pia fit. The tucks look angled as if there's some dart fit tucked in there and Chloe said yes. On another occasion I asked what is Vilene used in some of their patterns and what a US equivalent is. I've also asked her to hold a small order and compile a package for the better shipping rate. All of this personalized conversation is educational and invaluable to me.

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