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.
My testers knock my socks off this week! The best part of testing is seeing the pictures start to roll in, even a bathroom selfie gets a huge smile from me. I am just so excited to see another persons interpretation of my pattern.
My newest pattern, Bellevue, will be releasing next week but I wanted to give you a little taste of the great shirts I have been seeing during testing. I will have a full tester round up late next week with all the details. Today it is all about the eye candy 🙂
It feels strange to be back here with a tester call. I worked so long and hard on my last pattern, Capitol Hill, back in October that I knew I needed a little break from patterns to enjoy the holiday season. We did just that and then managed to be sick for the next two months! We are finally all healthy in the house and I feel like myself again which means I could finally sit down and draft this pattern that has been on my mind for many months.
Growing up with 2 sisters all I ever knew was girls. When I got pregnant with Sophie I knew without a doubt that I was having a girl. I just always pictured myself with girls, at least 2 but maybe even 4. Clearly that was the no kids person talking, because reality is 2 kids is enough 🙂
When I got pregnant with Benny I knew without a doubt that it was a boy. Before we found out the sex I tried to convince myself that it was a girl but knew deep down that wasn’t the case. Don’t get me wrong I was so excited but still surprised I was actually having a boy.
When Mandalynn of Striped Swallow Designs hinted during the testing for the girls coachella shorts that she would be releasing a women’s version I was sold. The girls shorts were an easy sew and since I used knit for Sophie’s shorts I already had fabric ideas swirling. Lucky for me Mandalynn picked me to test the women’s version.
My original plan was to make a version out of the same pony fabric I made Sophie’s out of but then while walking the aisles of Joann’s looking for something else I came across this double sided black and white knit and knew it had to be a pair of Coachella’s for me.
Caila of Caila Made just released a new pattern, the Desert Rose Dress and Tunic, and I was one of the lucky ones that got to test it. Listen to me when I say this pattern is amazing and so easy to sew up. You have to head over to her shop right now and get this pattern.
Don’t worry, I will wait…
Okay now that you have the pattern let’s talk about what I like to call the Tale of Two Tunics and a Dress.
Lets just file this blog post under photos taken 3 months ago and never blogged about, and it was a pattern test to boot. Those are my favourite things to blog about so I am kicking myself that I never did this one.
Lately it is a very rare opportunity that I actually sew or blog about something I made for Benny, something I hope to change in the coming months. But in the meantime here is a fun pair of pants that I made for Benny that not only I adore but both Benny and Sophie love. Ben asks for his man pants to go with his man shirt all the time.
If there is one thing I have learned since I started sewing clothes for my kiddos it’s that you should never force a photoshoot. Not only will you end up with force smiles but you will probably have tears at some point. And really, is a pattern testing deadline or blog post really worth forcing your child to stand still and smile just for some photos.
When Mandalynn of Striped Swallow Designs posted a picture of her first pattern, Coachella Shorts, I jumped at the chance to test them. They are seriously cute and I was excited about supporting a fellow Pattern Workshop student.
Since I do my best sewing while the kids are napping I decided to see if I could get the pattern completed from start to finish while the kids were down. You know what it was easy peasy to get done and I even had time to spare.
As any stay at home parent can attest, when you are sick you rarely get time off. A few weeks ago we were going to go on a last minute trip up to Vancouver to see my brother and sister in law. The night before we left, which was about 5 hours after we decided to go I came down with a nasty cold. The kind of cold where all you want to do is lay on the couch and watch tv.