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  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Purchasing & uploading pattern files

    Why can’t I see my pattern file download link?

    I have my email receipts & no pattern links?
    Download links are not visible on iPhone or iPad or mobile phones. You cannot open the files on these devices.

    Open your laptop or Desk top computer to open your Swim Style email receipt which will include the link to download your pattern.

    You can only open the pattern files / links  on lap tops or desktop computers.

    I purchased a Swim Style pdf pattern, I have no receipts of links to download my pattern. Where is it?
    Do you have more than 1 email address? Check all of your email accounts. Your pattern will be sent to your email address that you filled in on your Swim Style account.
    It could also be in your junk email folder.

    What patterns are not available in the Swim Style Etsy shop?
    Some of the pattern bundles & all of the free pattern hacks are not available on the Etsy Swim Style patterns Shop.

    Payment methods such as e-cheques

    take at least 1 to 2 weeks to process, once the e-cheque is cleared, you will receive an auto email from paypal .You will be able to access your download link of your pattern.

    Where can I purchase Swim Style patterns?

    Swim Style patterns are sold in only 2 outlets,

    This website swimstyle.com.au              https://swimstyle.com.au

    & The Etsy Swim Style patterns shop.https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/Swimstylepatterns?ref=seller-platform-mcnav

    I am buying a pdf pattern digital download , Why do I have to fill in my postal address at check out ,when purchasing?
    Even though you are purchasing a digital pattern, it is standard website procedure requirement, to fill in the postal address. Your postal address is not used for any purposes by Swim Style. Your pdf pattern will be sent to your email address.

    What is included in a Swim Style pdf pattern digital download file?

    Each Swim style pattern file will include,

    -Step by step Clear  Sewing instructions & illustrations

    -Instructions how to print & assemble pattern tiles + pattern tile map.

    -Fabric layout – Fabric required

    -Complete set of pattern tiles.

    Most of the patterns will include more than 1 file,depending on the file size.

    Tip -You can often print out just the pattern tiles &  read the instructions on your computer to save paper wastage.

    Who do I contact for assistance ?

    If your question is not answered on this page please contact Sharon swimstyle@bigpond.com
    If you have questions about files, patterns ,printing or sewing the patterns, etc. Please email Sharon on the link above.

    The website is checked at least twice a day on business days, & once a day on weekends.

    I have a small swimwear/fashion brand, can I use your patterns for my business:

    Yes! We love to support small swimwear and fashion labels and are more than happy for you to use our patterns. However, we do not support mass producing our patterns on a global scale. Please reach out over email if you have any questions on this. Email: swimstyle@bigpond.com

    Sewing Questions

    • Are the patterns multi size patterns? Yes
    • What sizes are included in Swim Style patterns?
    • Most of the Swim Style patterns include size XS to 3XL.

    The pattern I have bought displays the pattern sizes in a size range of 8 to 20, What do these sizes equal?
    Some of the earlier patterns sizes are displayed in size range of 8 to 20.
    To avoid confusion & add a simpler size chart , we now use the XS to 3XL sizing.
    Size 8 = XS
    Size 10 = S
    Size 12 = M
    Size 14 = L
    Size 16 = XL
    Size 18 = 2XL
    Size 20 = 3XL

    Do your sewing instructions include Metric (cm ) or Imperial ( inches )?
    Swim Style Sewing instructions include Metric & Imperial measurements.
    Do the patterns include a seam allowance?
    If so ,What is the seam allowances used on your patterns?

    Yes all of the Swim Style patterns include seam allowances of 1cm or /3/8 of inch.
    Can I use a basic sewing machine to sew the patterns?
    Yes, All of the patterns can be sewn on a basic sewing machine using a zig zag stitch.
    What stitch would I use to sew the patterns on my basic sewing machine?
    A medium size zig zag stitch on a short stitch length. ( This will allow the stitching to stretch with the garment)
    What type of needle should I have in the sewing machine?
    A ball point or stretch needle is essential for stretch fabric sewing. This stretch /ball point needle will prevent the needle from snagging & catching the fabric fibres.

    The illustrations show stitches in straight lines, why is it not drawn as a zig-zag stitch?
    The Illustrations contain drawings of stitches as straight stitch lines to demonstrate each step. It is not possible to draw zig-zag stitch or stretch stitch. Always use a stretch stitch unless otherwise instructed.

    Sewing skill level required? Our pattern range from beginner to advanced sewing levels.

    I would advise you to have some experience in sewing stretch fabrics before sewing your first swimwear pattern.

    Sewing swimwear requires a basic knowledge of stretch wear sewing.

    Stitching a knit top / T- shirt pattern or dress in a stretch fabric provides good experience before sewing swimwear.

    Fabric shops  Swimwear fabrics

    Recommended fabric shops in Australia include ( I have shopped at all of the Sites below. I have found these sites to have wonderful service & quality fabrics.

    Pitt trading ( Sydney ) Wonderful extensive range of Swimwear fabrics, Stunning prints , Outstanding quality fabrics at great prices. The range includes famous swimwear designer prints.

    Exceptional service always adding new products.

    Pitt trading also sell gorgeous swimwear stretch trims.

    The Remnant Warehouse  ( Sydney) Very extensive range of Swimwear Lycras /prints & plains. Very competitive prices & well recommended. Superb quality prints from top Australian swimwear labels. Great service & fast shipping.
    Recommended fabric shops in the United States include
    Spandex House Huge array of Swimwear lycras, the largest selection of Lycras, prints, plains & many more.

    Tessuti ( Sydney ) Beautiful & Luxurious range of fabrics. High-end fabrics to spoil your self with! You will find a small but very classy collection of lycra prints.


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