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The New Site – What you need to know..


You may have noticed that we’ve been hinting about major changes on the site and they are finally here.. oh yes we’ve got a new website and most exciting of all a pattern shop!

We have spent the last 6 months getting the site rebuilt as it’s three years old and it definitely needed a refresh. We also decided to open a sewing pattern shop because we’ve had lots of requests from you and indie designers to sell the sewing patterns we feature on the site. We now have hundreds of PAPER and PDF sewing patterns from lots of indie designers available to buy and will be adding new patterns each week. We’ll be talking more about this in our video on Saturday and also see the FAQs about this at the end of the post.

As the site is such a beast, we had to make some important decisions moving forward to ensure the site is manageable and with the help of our super star developer we have simplified it down so it is more user friendly for you.

Any worries, queries or missing reviews please email us on [email protected] and we will sort them out – we still have access to all your information on the old website.

Right shall we get started?!

What to do if you have an existing account with us

– Account Details if you have left a pattern review: we’re still importing the last 6 months of reviews, these will be in soon. If you’ve left a review on the old site do not worry, we’ve migrated these across to the new website. All you will need to do request a new password on the new website using the email address you originally signed up with. You’ll then be able to access all your reviews! Phew.

– Account Details if you haven’t left a pattern review: If you’ve not left a review you’ll need to sign up to the site again and set up a new account. This takes a couple of minutes and you’re all set!

Helpful videos

Changes / What we couldn’t save!

– Social side of the site:  Having looked at the number of people using the chatting functions of the site (eg. writing on other peoples profiles) it wasn’t really being used so we decided not to have this on the new site. You’ll still be able to comment on other peoples reviews and on blog posts as before.

– Forum: We have already announced that the forum is no longer active. We do have the most amazing engaged Facebook group so do come and join us there if you wish to chat.

– Projects:  Unfortunately these were the one thing we couldn’t save, our developer spent days trying to get these across and we had to admit defeat. They were set up in a different way to reviews and it wasn’t possible to import them. We sent out a message and social media posts about saving your project details but if you missed this you can email us and we can retrieve that information from the old archived site. We’re really sorry about this ?




Why do you now have a sewing ‘pattern shop and database’?

> We are still aiming to build a database of all dressmaking patterns from designers around the world. At the moment we have around 10,000 sewing patterns in the database. We want it to be a really useful resource for makers to browse all the dressmaking patterns in one place. We now sell some of the sewing patterns in the database from independent designers (and soon commercial designers too). These are labelled with their price and stock status. Don’t worry thought you can use our search tool to browse the entire database as you have always done.

Why aren’t all the sewing patterns in the database available to buy?

> Not all patterns are available to buy for a number of reasons, for example, they are out of print or we don’t yet stock the patterns from that designer. We are adding new patterns available to buy each week and hope to eventually sell every pattern in the database!  

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22 thoughts on “The New Site – What you need to know..

  1. Can I no longer keep track of the patterns I own?? That’s what I used this website for. It basically just lost ALL usefulness for me now. 🙁

    1. You could use that feature on patternreview.com as an alternative. Personally I use the Trello app/website to keep track of all t patterns and sewing projects.

      1. Hi Sasha. I’m intrigued by the idea of Trello. I’ve used it for work in the past, but how have you used it for organizing your sewing?

    2. You can still have a pattern Library and wishlist on the site, as many as you want – if you watch the wishlist video it will show you how to do it 🙂
      Also we can retrieve your wish list and library information from the old site. Please email us [email protected] and we can sort it out.

    3. Me too…sad about that one. Also I had already collected some patterns I was wanting. Is that list gone now?

      1. Hello DaintyDanes,
        As we mentioned above, none of this information has been lost. If you would like your reviews, library, wishlist etc. transferring from the old site all you need to do is email [email protected]
        You can now have as many libraries and wish lists and you want to on the new site.
        Hope this helps, Rachel.

  2. The site looks great! I was a bit disappointed by the shipping cost though 🙁 12 euros is MASSIVE and means I cannot shop from your site since my import limit is 35 EUR to Norway, including shipping, and I would have to order at least 5-6 patterns to make up for that shipping. How come Patternsy can offer shipping for patterns at like 1-2 EUR, whereas so many others have 12 or more?

    1. Hello, so glad to hear you like the site. Thanks for the feedback about the postage costs. We are looking into more cost effective alternatives and will update everyone on this. At the moment we are using Royal Mail to send all parcels as we’ve just started shipping, which is probably the same as other sewing businesses in the UK. We will do our best to find something better though that makes ordering one or two patterns more cost effective.

      1. Thanks, that would be great!

        1. Hello, just to let you know that we have been able to find an alternative delivery method for Europe and postage now costs £7.50.

    2. I agree. Simple Sew send their patterns for £2. It takes a few days before the envelope arrives in the Netherlands. But I don’t mind.
      £12 is a lot of money.

  3. Yay! New site. I’ve been watching and waiting for this revelation. When you stopped updated the new patterns list I knew we must getting close and now its HERE. Thank you wonderful ladies for such a beautiful resource. I may be on a no-buy right now, but I’m not on a no-look ;).

    I’d also like to point out for anybody wondering – you can change your username now without starting a new account! Which is a relief, now my Foldline and my Instagram match again!!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, so glad you are enjoying using the new look site. Yes the whole Account area is so much easier to use and edit, a relief for everyone I think!

  4. Loving the new website ladies, the wishlist feature is fab! Looking forward to seeing what pattern brands you add over the next few months… perhaps My Handmade Wardrobe Pattens…?!

    I’m going back in now for another mooch 🙂

    Happy Sewing!
    Sarah x

    1. Hello Sarah, thank you so much that’s great to hear! This has been an enormous project! Yes definitely, we want to stock lots more indie brands. We ordered most of the patterns quite a while ago so will now try catching up on all the new releases!

  5. Congratulations on the new venture! I just sent you an email – hadn’t seen this post – requesting two more options for the search engine. Plain “woven ” and “knits”. Many patterns can be made up in different types of fabrics – for instance, the gypsum skirt suggests silk noil, tencel and viscose. I made it successfully in a light cotton crepe. A knit and woven option would be logical and helpful.

  6. Hi,

    I love the look of the new site, but the best feature about the old site, was I could see all the patterns I have at a glance and the wish list doesn’t have the same easy of use. Another good feature that I liked was being able to add a pattern to my library by clicking on the book icon.

    1. Hi Cate – thanks for the feedback. You can still add patterns to your wishlist and library from the product pages as before and the new system means you can add a pattern to multiple lists. We’ll have a chat to our developer to see if we can change the format of the wishlist so it looks similar to the last one to make it better for you. Have a great weekend.

  7. Congratulations on the new site, looks fabulous! Would it be possible to buy gift cards? I’d love to treat my sewing friends with a pattern or two for Christmas.

    1. Hi Anni,
      Thanks for your message and great to hear you like the new site. Yes these will be coming very soon and in time for Christmas. We will make an announcement on social media and our newsletter.

      1. Oh super, thank you!

    2. Hello Anni, just a quick message to let you know that Gift Vouchers are now available! All the details are here: https://thefoldline.com/sewing-patterns/gift-voucher/

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