It’s so cool that you are interested in learning more about pattern testing. I would really appreciate it if you read through everything, just to know we are on the same page.
What is pattern testing?
In a nutshell: pattern testing is when someone tests a sewing pattern and provides feedback to the sewing pattern designer.
When I make a new pattern I will create it in one size. When I am happy with the pattern and fit I send it to get graded professionally. When I get it back I have all the sizes I need. However, I do not know how it will look and fit on different people in each size. So I need testers to test all the sizes in a pattern, check the sewing instructions so make sure its all clear and understandable and just to iron out any other issues before the pattern is released.
How does it work?
When I have completed a pattern and its ready for testing I will send out an email with all the info needed for the pattern testing. I will send out some photos of the garment, the fabric and notions needed as well as a timeline. The timeline will usually consist of a muslin test and a final product, you can choose to only do one of the tests but I would prefer if you could do both. I will also include a size chart as well as all the info I need from you if you are interested.
The muslin test is a test where you preferably use cheap fabrics, because there might be some issues with the fit. It is important however to keep this fabric as close to the final fabric as possible. I usually get my muslins on sale, and I have a variety of different fabrics for different types of garments.
If you are interested, reply to the email with your measurements and size. If there are different options on the product, you need to write which version you want to make as well. Include some photos of your sewing creations.
Unfortunately, I cannot choose everyone if I get a lot of people wanting to do the same size. If you are chosen you will be invited to join the pattern testing group on Facebook, and everything will take place in there. So yes, this means you must have a Facebook profile to become a pattern tester. The patterns and instructions are shared in a Google Drive folder.
Whats in it for you?
You will get the final pattern for free. I will also have the option to join my affiliate program (currently only open for testers). An affiliate program is where you get a unique link to share and for anyone who purchases with your link you get 10% of the sales (not including shipping and taxes). I am woking on different ideas for prizes as well.
Fit vs final photos
If you are just sharing a photo of the fit, it is important to share good photos, but they dont have to be staged. You can do this inside with good lighting, or even a mirror selfie but the important thing is that I can clearly see the garment.
Final photos are photos that will be used on my website to help give a good idea of what the pattern looks like in different sizes. The photos will also be included in the “Inspiration” part of the instructions. These photos will likely have different sizes, so its important to have some air around the photo and not send something tightly cropped, also dont crop of your head. I prefer the photo is taken outside, but the most important it to have good lightning (I know its not always possible to be outside).
- Keep to the deadlines (I understand life may happen, so if you are unable to complete please let me know as soon as possible!)
- Share fit photos and a comment on the fit
- Share final photos
- Share your creation in my facebook group after launching: Lavender Sewing Patterns Group
- Send Patterns in A4/letter size, in a layered document
- English instructions complete with instructions and photos
- Norwegian instructions complete with instructions and photos