Call out for sewing pattern testers.

I am on the search for a couple of new sewing pattern testers. Over the last couple of years I have been busy designing and publishing some of my designs as sewing patterns. I work with a lovely team of testers most of which have tested all my patterns from the very first one.

However I have plans to expand the range more quickly and offer styles for all the family including men! Though I am very happy with the team I have, I fully appreciate that some of the styles I produce may not be what they want or have time to test. To get a well rounded view of different sizes and opinion on instructions I try to work with five pattern testers on each style.

All the styles to date have been for children. There are more patterns for children in the pipeline. Both girls and boys styles and styles that are unisex. Along with styles for ladies and men.

There are styles for jersey and styles for woven fabrics. Lots of styles work together in a wardrobe building way.

The way it works as a sewing pattern tester is I will send a copy of the first draft of the finished pattern. I usually send the instructions via email as a pdf file. Working to an agreed date ( I try to allow 2-3 weeks) you make the pattern up in your chosen fabric. There are fabric recommendations in the pattern. Once you have completed the garment there is a short questionnaire to submit. It’s also great to have a few photos taken modeled or just with the garment laid flat. These photos I use when I write a blog post about the trial run after the pattern launch. You can see an example of this type of post here. There is no payment for pattern testing but of course you get to keep the pattern.

If this sounds good to you and you would be interested in testing my patterns please email me or add a comment below. I don’t mind what level of sewer you are as long as you are happy to follow the instructions and comment honestly at the end of testing the pattern. Please let me know what sewing experience you have and if you would be interested in testing ladies, kids or mens patterns or all three.

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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...


  1. irene on January 15, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Julia,
    I am not an experienced sewer but I am able to follow pattern instructions and I have successfully made clothes for myself and my children. I would be happy (and keen) to be a pattern tester for bobbinsnbuttons for any

    Kind Regards
    Irene Cooper

    • Julia Claridge on January 30, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Hi Irene, sorry for the slow reply, I did have a big response. I have taken on a few new testers but I will keep a note of your interest, things change all the time
      so I may be in touch. Thanks again Julia

  2. Natasha Mckenzie-Kelly on January 15, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I have been sewing on and off for 20 years and would be happy to pattern test for you.

    • Julia Claridge on January 30, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Hi Natasha, sorry for slow reply I was overwhelmed with emails. I do have a few new testers now however I have kept a note of your interest
      and may be in touch. Thanks again Julia

  3. Amy Christer on January 15, 2019 at 4:27 pm


    I’m a beginner sewist, really got into it last year. I’ve made about 5 dress and 5 tops for myself. So far I’ve not tried making anything for my five year old or my eighteen month old. I have also promised my husband a shirt at some point! I’d love to be a pattern tester for you.



    • Julia Claridge on January 30, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Hi Amy, Sorry for late reply. I had a lot of emails. I do have a few new testers, however I do quite a few children’s styles and as your children are young this
      would be very useful. I will keep a note of your interest and may be in touch. Thanks again Julia

  4. Kate Burden on January 17, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Hi Julia,

    I’m not experienced but have made several items of clothes and a lot of handbags. Happy to test any patterns for you as we have a family of 6 so I’m sure someone could wear what’s made!

    Kind regards


    • Julia Claridge on January 30, 2019 at 11:03 am

      Hi Kate, sorry for slow reply, you sound like you have a great range of models to hand. I have a few new testers however things change all the time so i am keeping a list of everyone who had applied and will be in touch if needed. Thanks again Julia

  5. Carrie Reed on April 25, 2019 at 11:24 am

    I know I’m very slow with this reply, your request being posted in January! But I would still love to go on the pattern tester list.
    I think I am an intermediate sewer, I have been sewing on and off since I was a child. I would be interested in testing any of your patterns.

    Best wishes
    Carrie x

    • Julia Claridge on April 30, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Carrie, thanks for your message. I have got quite a few pattern testers at the moment but things change so I will let you know.

      • Georgina on August 10, 2019 at 10:32 am

        Hi Julia. I know this isn’t a recent post but I’d be interested in testing your fantastic patterns should you find you need testers in future. There’s myself, 2yo daughter and hubby so I’m able to test ladies, toddler/child and mens patterns.

        • Julia Claridge on August 12, 2019 at 11:08 am

          Hi Georgina, thanks for your message, testers come and go so stay tuned I will post out on here and social media next time I need tester.

  6. Kavita Deepchand on August 19, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Hi Julia. I would love to be a pattern tester for you. Although my children are now adults I used to sew most of their clothes and still sew for myself and my daughter. I have sewn clothes for boys but not men but would be happy to test patterns for women, children and men.

    • Julia Claridge on September 2, 2019 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks for your message from time to time I do look for new testers keep an eye on social media or my blog for details.

  7. Mrs s Thomson on August 2, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Do you still need testers I’ve been making clothes on and off for the last 50yrs . I would love to help

    • Julia Claridge on August 3, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I’m not looking at the moment thank you for offering.

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