Terms of Service


Thanks for popping in and looking around at CynicalGirl. This shop houses vintage and newer sewing patterns. I have a huge inventory and am constantly adding more patterns to my shop. Don't find what you are looking for? Please ask. I'm always happy to assist.


I accept PayPal and Credit Card payments. I will also accept a postal money order as payment. (contact me prior to your purchase if you choose this method) When received, I will ship the item. For items not paid for within a reasonable amount of time, I reserve the right to cancel the transaction and restock the item.


I ship patterns from my shop as a First Class Parcel. My patterns are placed in a resealable poly bag and shipped in an envelope with a cardboard backer to prevent bending. The shipping rates are slightly higher due to the rigid mailer. I do not ship my patterns as First Class Letter for safety reasons. I want to be sure that the pattern you purchase will arrive in the same condition that it left my shop. For larger orders and heavy fabrics, I will do my best to ship the most cost effective way without compromising the safety of your purchase. I will combine shipping on multiple purchases to save you money.

Once an item is paid in full it will be shipped via USPS Mail. My shipping charges are for USPS First Class postage but heavier items, such as fabric may be calculated using Parcel Post. International orders over 4 pounds will ship via USPS Priority Mail. Orders are shipped within 24 - 48 hours or the next business day. All items ship using the address you have provided when you check out. Please check your address for accuracy before completing your purchase.

International Buyers

Please note that shipping First Class International Mail may take up to 6 weeks or longer due to customs delays. If you need your order faster please send me a message to arrange for Priority shipping for an additional charge.

Import duties, VAT taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing.

I do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as "gifts" - US and International government regulations prohibit such behavior.
Refunds and Exchanges

All sales are considered final. I do not accept returns.

For orders that are returned for insufficient address or not claimed at customs, I will contact the customer and offer to reship the order with the customer paying for additional shipping costs. No refunds will be offered.

Once an order has shipped it can not be cancelled or refunded.

Cancelled orders that have not been shipped will be refunded.

Items lost in the mail and confirmed by USPS tracking will be refunded.

If you have any questions regarding my policies please contact me prior to making your purchase. My goal is to protect your purchase as best I can so that it is delivered safely and in a timely manner.

Additional Policies and FAQs

My patterns are the original vintage (or newer) patterns, not reproduction copies or PDFs. Photos are of the actual pattern you will receive. The first image is edited for clarity. Most of my patterns and fabrics are vintage and will have normal wear. Please keep this in mind when assessing the item's condition. I try to describe every item in detail, noting any irregularities so that you can make an informed decision and there are no surprises when my item arrives. As computer monitors differ, colors may also vary slightly. My home is smoke-free but because my patterns are collected from many sources, I cannot verify that they have never been exposed to cigarette smoke. I will, if detectable, mention any odors in my descriptions. Please contact me with any questions before purchasing items if you are unsure.

Smoke Free Environment.

To learn how to successfully enlarge a vintage pattern that is too small, download this free tutorial http://zipsanddarts.blogspot.com/p/altering-sewing-pattern.html

In the 40's, 50's and 60's the USDA published many informational fitting and tailoring booklets that, although not applicable to many of today's fashions, might be helpful for sewing with vintage patterns. If you are interested in viewing of these publications, please visit my blog http://zipsanddarts.blogspot.com