Frequently asked questions & policies

Ordering Information

Are your patterns printed or PDF?

Both! Many of our patterns are available as either paper or PDF patterns. Check out our shop here.

Where do you ship?
We ship internationally to wherever you need us!

What are the shipping costs and how long will my order take to arrive?

PDF patterns are available immediately after purchase and shipping is free. PDF patterns will be available for download immediately after purchase on the confirmation page, and via a download link emailed after purchase. Please ensure that you save your pattern to your computer before you print it to save it for future use.

For printed patterns shipping costs vary depending on location, and can be calculated at checkout by entering your shipping address. 

Our patterns are stored in Australia and the USA. Australian orders are shipped via Australia Post and all other orders are shipped from the USA warehouse via USPS First Class mail or Fedex for Express International orders. For specific delivery times please visit our Shipping & Returns page for more information.

Please note that some countries levy import fees on products on arrival and we cannot control what these may be or be held responsible for customs charges you may incur. 

Please visit our Shipping & Returns page for more information.

How do PDF patterns work?
PDF patterns will be available for download immediately after purchase on the confirmation page, and via a download link emailed after purchase. Please ensure that you save your pattern to your computer before you print it to save it for future use. To access your pattern on your iOS phone or tablet, download the Megan Nielsen Patterns App.

What do I get when I buy a pattern?
PRINTED PATTERNS// Your pattern envelope includes the full size pattern (covering sizes XS to XL) and the instruction sheet with detailed directions to help you construct your garment, and free access to the Megan Nielsen Patterns App. Check listing images for size chart & fabric requirements.

PDF PATTERNS//  PDF patterns include a digital instruction booklet, full size pattern pieces in wide A0 format for printing at a copy shop, and tiled pattern pieces which can be printed at home on either letter or A4 size paper. PDF patterns will be available for download immediately after purchase on the confirmation page, and via a download link emailed after purchase. Please ensure that you save your pattern files to your computer before you print them to save it for future use. To access your pattern on your phone or table, download the Megan Nielsen Patterns App.

I can’t open my PDF pattern/download didn’t work/I have exceeded the download limit.

If you have any issues opening or downloading your PDF file feel free to email us at hello@megannielsen.com

What shops stock your patterns?
A list of our wonderful stockists can be found here. If we aren’t in your local shop, feel free to let them know about us!

Where are you located?
We’re based in Perth, Western Australia and all prices are listed in Australian dollars, however all orders ship from the USA. Please note that for Australian orders GST will be added at checkout. No sales tax will be levied on international orders.

I want a pattern that I’ve seen before but isn’t on your site. Will it come back?

It might do. We are constantly reviewing and updating our patterns and if there is demand for something that is out of stock, we’ll definitely look at bringing it back. Feel free to email hello@megannielsen.com if there’s a pattern you’re really passionate about. If you’d like to be notified when new patterns become available sign up for our newsletter here.

Do you have gift certificates?

We sure do, you can get them here.

Return policy 

SEWING PATTERNS// Due to the nature of sewing patterns, refunds and exchanges are not possible, and all sales are final. If you require a refund or replacement due to an error on our part, please contact us at hello@megannielsen.com within a week of receiving your goods. Please ensure that your shipping address is correct as we cannot be held responsible for undeliverable items that occur due to incorrect addresses.

APPAREL// We are not able to process exchanges, however you may return your item in new condition, unworn, with tags still attached and in its original packaging. You must notify us at hello@megannielsen.com of your desire to return an item within 7 days of receiving it. Shipping cost is at your own expense, and refunds cannot be processed until items are received at our warehouse and condition can be confirmed.

Pattern Information

How do the patterns fit?

Megan Nielsen patterns have a modern fit – which means that they have less wearers ease and more closely align to ready to wear sizing. All patterns are drafted for a B/C cup and our fit model is 5’9”. Please refer to individual patterns for information on their specific fit.

Measurements

For detailed information on how to find your size in Megan Nielsen Patterns, please visit our Sizing page. For extra tips on making sure you’re measuring yourself properly, see our blog entry here.

What is the seam allowance – is it included in the pattern?

Seam allowances are included in all patterns and are 5/8” (1.5cm) unless otherwise stated.For tips on making sure you’re measuring yourself properly, see our blog entry here.

What equipment do I need to start sewing your patterns (do I need an overlocker)?

You don’t need any fancy equipment to make our patterns, just a sewing machine, pins and scissors (ok, maybe a few more things but you get the idea). Overlockers are nice but not essential.

Where do you buy your fabric?
All over the place. There are lots of great local and online fabric shops. Check out this blog piece on Perth-based shops and keep an eye out on Facebook/Instagram for more great finds. Anything we’ve missed? Let us know at hello@megannielsen.com.

I need help altering my pattern.

We’ve got lots of hints and tips relating to our patterns here as well as additional tutorials for creating pattern variations so you can get the most value out of your pattern.

How do I construct my PDF pattern?
PDF patterns include all instructions and tiled pattern pieces, and can be printed at home on either letter or A4 size paper. Print out the pattern page that contains the calibration square first. Measure the 2” (5cm) calibration square to make sure the pattern was printed to the right size. If the calibration is off you may need to adjust your printer settings. Cut or fold around the border around the pattern tiles and tape or glue the pieces together using the makers on each edge as a guide.

Why aren’t all patterns available as PDFs?

Most of them are but we just haven’t had a chance to convert all of them yet. We’re working on it though so keep checking back. If there’s anything you’re desperate for, let us know at hello@megannielsen.com and if there’s enough demand we’ll look in to it. If you’d like to be notified when new patterns become available sign up for our newsletter here.

Do you sell patterns in different sizes?

All our patterns are for sizes XS-XL. Check listing images for size charts.

I like the designs but don’t want to make them myself. Do you sell them pre-made?
Not at the moment, sorry. We’re focusing on making top quality, gorgeous, fashion forward sewing patterns instead. Periodically we have sample sales, and if you’d like to be notified when these occur sign up to our mailing list here.

Joining the Megan Nielsen team

How do I become a pattern tester?

We’re so grateful for all the help we get from the sewing community testing patterns before they are released. There are no special requirements for pattern testing, you don’t need to be an expert seamstress, have a blog or jump through any hoops.  Just fill out the form to test women's patterns here. Pattern testers are chosen fairly randomly, using a cross-section of sizes and expertise for each pattern, but we do try to work our way through the list to make sure as many people get a turn as possible.

I’d like to become a wholesaler.
Great, we love working with wholesalers! Email hello@megannielsen.com for up to date pricing and ordering information, and to open your account.

Policies

Can I sell garments I make from your patterns?

All our patterns are copyright for personal use only and no part may be reproduced, transmitted or shared in any form. Items made from our patterns may not be produced for resale. When you purchase Megan Nielsen Patterns, you are agreeing to our terms of service. All designs, illustrations, images, text and all other aspects of patterns are copyright Megan Nielsen Patterns. All rights reserved.

Can I teach a class using your pattern?
We love to see more people starting sewing and finding a passion for creating their own fashion. If you want to use one of our patterns for your class, we just ask that you ensure all students buy their own copy of the patterns. For bulk orders, please contact us at hello@megannielsen.com.

Copyright policy

All patterns are made and designed by Megan Nielsen Patterns. They are all original and subject to copyright. They are for personal use only and may not be mass produced.

Can I use your images on my website?
Photos for your blog, webshop or press can be obtained from product pages or, if you need high resolution photos please contact us at hello@megannielsen.com. All images must be credited to Megan Nielsen Patterns and include a link back to the original source.