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Leschi Tester Roundup

The tester roundup is everything when it comes to a pattern release, and the Leschi tester roundup is no different.  Sure I love sharing pictures of my versions of the pattern, but I would much rather share the ladies that helped make this pattern what it is.  Seeing the pattern on a variety of shapes and sizes helps all of you see just how great you are going to look in the pattern, because these ladies look stunning in their new Leschi blouses.

Bryant Tester Roundup

My post yesterday on how different the pattern fits depending on the fabric you choose, is even more evident today with the Bryant Tester Roundup.

These ladies sewed up a bunch of amazing tops and I can’t wait to share them with you.


Abigail really took the opportunity to show off the print in her top.  The bold blue and white stripe cut on the bias looks amazing! Sewn in jersey.

Terri of Blue House Joys colour blocked the back of her top.  And while it may have been done because she was short on fabric, I love the look. Sewn in cotton lycra.

View Ridge Tester Roundup

I am most definitely a broken record when it comes to the tester roundup for my patterns.  I am always so lucky to get such a great group of ladies helping me test my patterns.  So many of them keep coming back to help me so I guess that means I am doing something right.  I have made so many friends through this process and many of whom I can email with pattern questions because I know I can count on them to give me the feedback I need and want.

Wedgwood Tester Roundup

I pretty much start every tester roundup saying the same exact thing, I have the best bunch of pattern testers around.  This amazing group of ladies make every single pattern I create so much better and I love working with new to me sewists with each round of testing.  My favourite part of a pattern release is definitely this post, so without further ado I am sharing with you the Wedgwood tester roundup!  Make sure to click over to the shop and grab your copy of the skirt while it is still marked down.

Wedgwood Skirt Test Call from Straight Stitch Designs

Wedgwood Tester Call

It doesn’t get much better than pleats and pockets in a skirt, and the Wedgwood skirt has that and so much more.  Thanks to all the love and super helpful input on instagram from all you lovely ladies, the Wedgwood skirt is everything I thought it could be.  So happy to have it working out and looking great so I can put out the official Wedgwood tester call!

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Montlake Tester Roundup

My favourite part of releasing a new pattern is sharing with everyone what my testers sewed up, and the ladies that I worked with this round were amazing.  You know you have struck gold with testers when they are equal parts constructive and encouraging.  Testing is such a collaborative effort for me so I truly value all of them and the impact they have had on the final Montlake pattern.  Enjoy the Montlake Tester Roundup!

Heidi of Handmade Frenzy used a fabric that has been in her stash waiting for the perfect project.  I love the white with the subtle texture.  Read all about here version here.

Montlake Tester Call

Okay ladies I am going to stop taunting you with Instagram pictures and finally throw out some proper pictures of my newest pattern ready for testing.  Montlake is a relaxed fit tee with a very low scoop neck.  The pattern includes two neckband finishing options as well as 4 sleeve lengths.  As with my other patterns, this pattern is available in sizes 0-24 which accomidates a bust size of 32″ – 50.5″.  Montlake is sure to be the ultimate tee that’s a quick sew and very flattering for all body types with a slight swing to the bottom of the shirt.

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Laurelhurst Tester Round Up

I love my testers! After completing every test I just marvel at the luck I have with every test.  Many of these ladies keep coming back and I couldn’t be happier to be creating a core group of testers.  But bringing in new testers every pattern keeps things fresh and gives me new perspectives on things.

When releasing my newest pattern Laurelhurst, this group of ladies were the patterns biggest cheerleaders.  Which is why it is crazy it has taken me this long to get this post up to share the love of these testers.

Laurelhurst Tester Call

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My next pattern, Laurelhurst, is all ready for testing! (Wow, I am not sure that fabric could be more wrinkled)

Laurelhurst is a casual wrap available in sizes 0-24 that has both long and 3/4 sleeves and can made in a variety of knits.  Included in the pattern are two optional button placements to change up the look of the wrap.

Testing will begin Friday the 6th with photos and feedback due to me by Thursday the 12th.

This is also a great opportunity to do a little sewing for yourself next week during Selfish Sewing Week, and it’s a really quick sew, which is always great.

Bellevue Tester Roundup

The build up to pattern testing is stressful, I have no idea how the pattern is going to be received and whether the fit is going to be so off that it will take multiple versions to get right.  But every time I test a pattern regardless of how many versions it takes my testers are always so patient with me and the process.  I love having a fresh look at my patterns and take the time to hear what they have to say because I am by no means an expert, I really rely on their sewing knowledge for ever pattern.