frequently asked questions

Digital Products

I just bought a digital pattern, but I can't download the file. Can you help?

Usually this is caused by an issue with your computer rather than a problem with the download link. Try these two suggestions to help start your download. One of them is sure to work for you.

I've tried printing the file I downloaded, but the test square is not printing to the correct scale. How do I fix this?

This issue occasionally occurs when someone prints from a PDF viewer other than Adobe Reader (for example, the built in PDF viewer provided with Apple products). If you run into this issue, printing the file with Adobe Reader will fix it. Download a free copy of Adobe Reader, install it on your computer, and then open the file from within the application. Your pattern should print correctly to scale now.

I've purchased digital patterns from you over the last few years. My hard drive just crashed, and I lost the files. Can you send me new copies of all of them?

So sorry about that. We hear from people in this situation more often than you would imagine. Because of the volume of orders for digital products we process and the support requests we receive, we have developed our digital product policy. Please review that to find an answer to your question.

Order Shipping

What are your shipping and handling charges?

We hate paying shipping and handling charges, too, so we do everything we can to keep these costs down. Unfortunately, shipping costs have skyrocketed in recent years, especially for international shipments.

Charges are based on the weight of the order and the location to which it is shipped. You can estimate the shipping charges on an order by clicking the "Estimate" link at the bottom your shopping bag.

How do you ship orders?

We ship orders with the United States Postal Service, UPS, and FedEx. In most cases we are able to give you the option of choosing the speed of delivery for your order. The particular shipping method used for each order is determined individually at the time the order is packed. Weight, destination, and the delivery time frame chosen are all taken into account, and the best shipping option is selected.

When will my order ship?

All orders are shipped within one business day. Orders placed Monday through Friday before 3:00 PM ET usually ship the same day. You will receive a shipping confirmation email after your order has shipped.

Will my order have a tracking number?

All orders shipping to US addresses will receive a tracking number. Orders shipping to addresses outside the US via USPS Priority Mail International and USPS Express Mail International will receive tracking numbers. Orders shipping outside the US via USPS First Class International or UPS Mail Innovations do not receive tracking numbers.

I live outside the United States. What do I need to know about orders shipping internationally?

Delivery time to your address can vary significantly depending on the shipping method you choose, how long your package takes to clear customs in your country, and the delivery performance of your country's postal service. As a result of all these factors, we're not able to guarantee delivery times for international orders.

We do find, though, that most orders shipped outside the United States arrive within the following time frames:

  1. USPS Express Mail International: 3-5 business days
  2. USPS Priority Mail International: 6-10 business days
  3. USPS First Class International: 1 1/2-2 weeks
  4. UPS Mail Innovations: 2-3 weeks

Occasionally an order takes longer than this to arrive. We do not consider an international package to be lost in transit until four weeks have passed from the date of shipping. International orders are almost never lost in delivery. But they can take some time to arrive.

Status tracking on international shipments is only available on orders that ship via USPS Priority Mail International and USPS Express Mail International.

All orders are shipped with a reported customs value showing the full retail price of the items in the order. Any discounts or coupon codes used are not reflected in the reported customs value. We are sorry, but we are unable to change this.

You are responsible for any customs and import duties imposed by your local customs service. Every country has different customs policies. If you have questions on this, please contact your local customs service.


What is your return policy?

If you bought an Oliver + S pattern from a retailer, please contact the store for its return policy.

Paper patterns purchased on our web site may be returned for a full refund of the purchase price (minus shipping charges) within 30 days if accompanied by the sales receipt and if the pattern has not been opened. Return costs are at your own expense. Please ship your return via a traceable delivery method for proof of shipment and delivery.

Please contact us prior to shipping your return to obtain a return authorization number and shipping instructions.

There are no refunds or exchanges on digital patterns.

Gift Certificates

I would like to purchase a gift certificate. How does that work?

Visit the gift certificate section of the Oliver + S shop to make your purchase. Add a gift certificate to your shopping bag and check out. Once your order is completed, you will be emailed a sales receipt which contains a gift certificate code. You may then provide that code to your receipient with one of the gift certificate templates we have on the site or by any other method of your choice. Please note that the website will not automatically notify your intended recipient that a gift certificate has been purchased. You must do that yourself.

I was given a gift certificate. I used a portion of the value on a previous order. Is there any way I can check the remaining balance?

Yes, there is. This page will allow you to do that. To check the balance, you must know the gift certificate code.

I was given a gift certificate, but I can't find the code now. Can you look it up for me?

Unfortunately, no. Since we do not maintain records of who receives gift certificates after they are purchased, we can't provide lost codes to gift certificate recipients. We can, though, assist the original purchaser of the gift certificate if a request for a code lookup comes from the same email address as was associated with the original order.

Website Security and Privacy

How do you treat my personal information?

Like we would want our own treated, of course. We never share the personal data you provide on our website.

Do you have a privacy policy?

Yes. If you're interested in the details, you may read it.

Domesticated Animals

Do you like dogs and cats?

Of course we do! We like sheep and goats too. But not as much as we like dogs and cats.

Company Name

Where did the name Oliver + S come from?

When she was younger, Liesl's daughter (whose nickname is S) had a playmate called Oliver. The brand was named after them.

Paper Dolls

Why paper dolls?

Who doesn't love paper dolls? We thought they would be an innovative yet traditional way to show the designs and to make the packaging fun, and the response to them has been amazing! We plan to release new dolls on a regular basis, so be sure to watch for them.

Who creates your paper dolls?

Our paper dolls are illustrated by Dan Andreasen, a wonderful artist who is represented by Shannon Associates.


Can I download images to display in my store or on my web site?

We are happy to share our images for promotional purposes. Please contact us for specific information and for high-resolution images, if desired.

Boutique Sewer Program

May I make and sell items from your patterns?

We are pleased to have launched the first program in the industry that allows boutique sewers to use our patterns for making and selling individual garments. Details of this innovative program are available in the boutique sewer program section of the website.