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.
Thank you all for such a great response yesterday to my newest pattern, Greenwood, I was seriously blown away. For those of you who entered the giveaway on the Betties blog, the winner has been chosen so if it wasn’t you click over to the shop and get your copy of the pattern before the price goes back up on Monday.
Today I am excited to share with you the many amazing testers that helped me with this pattern, they made this pattern even better that where it started. Seriously they were amazing! Seeing a pattern on all shapes and sizes helps you realize this pattern really is for almost everyone.
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.
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.
Last week I introduced you to my first pattern, Ravenna, and I couldn’t be more excited for the response it got. You are all so great!
The real people to thank for this pattern are my amazing testers who stuck through MANY revisions and helped me to refine the pattern in a way I never could have done on my own. When you look at a pattern for weeks you stop noticing the details. The steps all make sense to you because they make perfect sense in your head, you forget that every person who makes the pattern isn’t going to be in your head.