Call for pattern testers.

call for pattern testers from Bobbins and Buttons

I am currently looking for a few more pattern testers to test my sewing patterns before I release them for sale. My pattern range covers ladies, men’s and children’s patterns catering for the whole family with a reasonably large size range. My latest pattern is a child’s coat and I am working on a very tight deadline so would need you to be able to turn around making the pattern up within around 1 week from early next week.

What is pattern testing:

As a pattern designer I want to check the size and fit as well as how the instructions are worded before publishing my pattern for sale. Also if there are any glaring mistakes that for some reason I may not have spotted. This is where pattern testers come in. You can be a beginner or an experienced sewer everyone is welcome and both ends of the scale useful to hear from.

What it involves:

Testers will be sent the final draft of the pattern as a pdf and the instruction book also as a pdf along with a deadline. The tester will source their own materials and notions according to what the pattern requires. I will always ask if you want to test a pattern so there is no obligation to test every pattern, but I am looking for long term testers to join a group that regularly test for me.

There is no payment for testing patterns but of course you get to keep the pattern and what you’ve made. It can be a great way to build networks too if you like to share your sewing stories on social media, reaching new sewers and people that follow my pages.

After you have made the garment you will need to send your feedback via email along with any photos. Ideally I am looking for people who are happy for me to share the photos. Often I will write a blog post about the testing process and the findings. I also regularly contribute to collaborations and other opportunities where testers patterns are often featured. Photos on models always work best as it gives the best idea of how the garment looks when made.

Feedback can be as much or as little as is needed. Obviously any glaring mistakes are important to mention. After that notes on how you found the instructions and if there was anything important missing or that could be explained better. Followed by thoughts on fit, style and wearability.

Pattern size range:

The sizes for the current patterns are:

Kids patterns – 3 months to 14 years. Not all patterns are made in every size as not all styles are suitable for babies or appealing to tweens.

Ladies patterns – size 6 – size 22. I am looking to develop a new size chart to expand the size range but currently these are the sizes that all ladies patterns are made in.

Mens patterns – XS – XXL my current plans are to keep men’s patterns to general sizes as the styles going forward are all leisure styles at the moment.

How to apply:

If you would like to join the testing team or have any further questions please email me  please title your email Pattern testing.

If you could let me know a bit about your sewing history, how long you have been sewing, how experienced you are and why you would like to get involved etc.

Who you like to sew for and would be willing to sew for. For example are you looking to only make children’s clothes or ladies clothes or happy to make for everyone.

Can you work to fairly tight deadlines usually I try to offer at least 2 weeks to make and feedback however this particular deadline is a bit shorter.

I will do my best to respond to everyone who emails, however I know from past experience that this may not be possible. Even if you are not interested in testing the latest pattern I am looking for new regular testers so please feel free to get in touch.

call for pattern testers from Bobbins and Buttons

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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