Pattern testing the new Rosie pattern.

On the lead up to launching my first sewing pattern, I was keen to check the instructions and pattern were easy to use and made complete sense especially to beginners which are the target audience for this first pattern. I posted a blog post asking for people to test the pattern and was overwhelmed with the response. It took some time reading the applications and then narrowing it down. In the end, I picked six, two ladies who I knew and trusted would give me honest feedback and four that wrote emails that inspired me.

Each tester was sent the pattern and a questionnaire, all did a really great job of both making lovely dresses and giving me great honest feedback. I have several photos of their makes that they have kindly let me share.

Emma made her little sister this adorable reversible version. She looks thoroughly chuffed with her new dress and clearly has a great future as a model…

Sunny bright florals on one side.

Soft vintage florals on the other. What a super star!

Abi made this gorgeous butterfly version of the dress and chose to add her own unique touches with contrast bias binding hem. She also chose to line the dress with standard dress lining another great idea and a perfect option for this pattern. What a gorgeous little beauty queen!

Debbie chose this lovely patchwork print for one side of the dress and a pretty orange floral for the other.

Worn here layered up with a t-shirt, perfect solution for our British weather!! I think there is a subtle thumbs up in this picture! Looking so pretty.

Shelia made a beautiful tonal blue reversible version for this little poppet.

Using plain on one side and print on the other works really well. It would be fun to dress it up with patterned leggings or top for cooler weather but it looks so fresh like this too.

Hannah made this fun tartan and elephant reversible dress, I like the choice of contrast buttons on the tartan side.

It has been great to see these different variations and interpretation of the pattern. I really appreciated the feedback from the pattern testers, they were all complimentary with a few comments that would improve the ease of use which I sorted out before going ahead with printing.

The final version is now printed and for sale. You can buy a copy here.

Thank you lovely ladies for your help.

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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. PondersUpon on May 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

    It was an absolute pleasure to test this pattern. I loved the versatility of it, and my little model Ellie adores her dress – I’ve got to make her little sister one now too!
    Thanks for this opportunity Julia, I’m looking forward to working with you again in the future!

    • Julia Claridge on May 22, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks so much Abi, she looks so lovely in her dress and really appreciate your comments. I will be in touch very soon with the next one 🙂

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