Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sewing Pattern Testing

Well, these have been busy two weeks: I tested not one, not 2, but 4 different  sewing patterns for 4 different Independent (Indie) Sewing Pattern Designers.

How does pattern testing work?
From time to time, sewing pattern designers announce a "Tester Call" - search for sewist(s) to "test" out their new pattern, following instructions completely and submit relevant feedback, pertaining to size, fit, details, instructions and cutting layout, among the rest.
The "testers" are of different skill levels and sewing backgrounds are are able offer insight and information to the designer in return for a free finished pattern, advertising exposure and sometimes, payment.
This is a great way of  learning new sewein skills and techniques as well, as the tester support groups are full of helpful information from different members as well.

So, what have I tested recently? Some of the patterns have no release date, and I can show you sneak peeks and description, but not the whole garment (at least not yet!)

Girl Coat:

This was incredibly fun, albeit an involved garment to complete.
Some of the detailing:
  • double bound buttonholes
  • full bagged lining
  • hidden pockets
  • hidden belt guide 

Here is a sneak peek of the dramatic collar version
The fabric is discontinued PPR (Painting Red Rhinos) corduroy and coordinated fleece 

Slim Fit Girls' Raglan by Hey June Handmade

This pattern has not been released yet, and I love the details and options!
There are many raglan sewing patterns on the market, but none are tailored for girls like this one:
Slim fit with waist shaping throughout, long, short or elbow sleeve options, hooded or jewel-neck, with optional sleeve stripes, rounded hem or banded. Many possibilities.
Well loved and worn repeatedly!

A Sparkly Baby Ultimate Tee Pattern
(this is the only one released as of right now)

Tons and tons of options. As far as I can tell, if you sew for kids, this is the only basic Tee pattern you need. Versatile and Unisex for sizes Premiee-14.
I am also currently testing the Candy Pocket Twirl Dress version based on the Ultimate Tee pattern.

For this tee, I used Ultimate Tee pattern, Adult T-Shirt and charcoal cotton/lycra fabric for the neck band and bottom band. I cut the sleeves, using the original sleeve hem. Very easy and quick upsycle with no hemming!

And the fourth pattern I can not mention yet, because it's in pre-testing!
So, that's what I've been busy with.
Hoping to get back to my 2016 "resolution sewing" soon.

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