Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. There is also a wealth of information about our patterns available on the Helpful Hints pages. If you don’t find the answer to your question here or elsewhere on the site, we welcome you to contact us directly!
About the Patterns
In what format can I purchase your patterns?
Our patterns are printed on tissue, just like commercial patterns. We want you to be able to get right to work without having to trace it off; just cut out your size and get going! Each pattern comes with a thorough instruction book that includes fabrication, design and fitting information in addition to construction directions.
Do you sell downloadable patterns?
We have chosen not to make our patterns downloadable at this time, believing that tissue patterns are more accurate and convenient to use. We are investigating the possibility of offering some patterns as downloads in the future, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we have several small projects and gift items available to download for free.
How do I choose what size pattern to buy?
All of our patterns are multi-size patterns. Review the size charts for the jacket, knit and pants patterns to help you select the appropriate size group for the core pants (XXS-L or L-3XL) or jacket (XS-L or L-3XL). The core knit pattern and all variation and detail patterns include the full range of sizes.
How do I select what size to make?
We created our sizing system based on years of experience fitting women’s bodies. Refer to the size chart on the back of each core pattern to compare your measurements to the body measurements listed for each size. You can also assess the ease by comparing the finished garment measurements on the back of the pattern to measurements of garments you feel comfortable in.
All of our core patterns include fitting options to help you get a better fit from the get-go. Be sure to read the first section of the instruction book, which includes helpful information about selecting the appropriate size and fitting options for your body and preferences. Because we offer a full bust front and a flared side panel in the jacket and knit top, some women find that they wear a size smaller in our patterns than they expect to. For the Eureka! Pants pattern, the size chart on the last page of the direction booklet will help you choose the overall size (XXS-3XL) and derriere shape (Back 1, 2 or 3) to use for your mock-up.
We believe that all women are more than the numbers and letters that define their pattern sizes. Choose a good fit, not a number or letter.
Where can I find help with fitting the Tabula Rasa Jacket or knit top?
We provide links to several fitting resources on the Jacket Help and Knit Help pages. In particular, you will find links to our illustrated downloadable guides Common Fitting Adjustments for the Tabula Rasa Jacket and Common Fitting Adjustments for Tabula Rasa Knits. These documents will help you assess your mock-up and make the necessary pattern adjustments for an improved fit. There are also links to several videos in which we demonstrate step-by-step the process of making the most common TRJ pattern changes.
We do provide a complimentary fitting service for the Tabula Rasa Jacket in our booth at retail sewing shows. We also offer sewing retreats a few times a year where you can get more intensive personalized help with fitting Fit for Art patterns. Check our calendar of events for dates and locations of upcoming shows, retreats and other events.
Where can I find more help fitting the Eureka! Pants pattern?
If you have not found the answer to your fitting question in the instruction book, you will find several resources on the Pants Help page, including links to Eureka! Pants fitting videos, relevant sewing techniques and Rae’s online courses.
We teach introductory pant fitting classes at some retail sewing shows, where we also offer a pant-fitting service for a fee in our booth. At times, we host our own pants-fitting workshops and sewing retreats, where you can get more intensive personalized help with fitting Eureka! Pants. Occasionally, a local sewing organization or store hosts a pants-fitting workshop. Check our calendar of events for dates and locations of upcoming shows, retreats and other events.
Another option is to seek out one of our Eureka! Pants Professionals who are scattered across the U.S. These sewing professionals have completed a licensing course to use our pants patterns for fitting private clients and teaching classes. See a list of licensed Eureka! Pants Professionals to find one near you.
Our colleague Sarah Veblen, who developed the Eureka! Pants pattern with us, also offers an online pants-fitting class at Patternreview.com and individual consulting assistance through Sarah Veblen Clothing Originals.
Payment and Shipping
What payment options do you accept?
We accept most credit cards and PayPal in our online store. Please contact us if you would prefer to mail a check.
What shippers do you use?
We ship via the U.S. Postal Service, offering first class and priority mail shipping options. If you want to be able to track your package, choose the priority mail option. You have the chance to calculate and select your shipping method during checkout.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes, we are happy to ship our patterns internationally. We ship via the U.S. Postal Service, offering first class and priority mail shipping options. You have the opportunity to calculate and select your shipping method during checkout. We are able to track the package through the U.S. customs form.
Can I buy Fit for Art patterns in a local store?
There are several retail stores in the U.S. that offer our patterns. You can find a list of our retail partners here. If you don’t find a store in your geographic area on this list, we welcome your suggestions for and inquiries from sewing retailers.