I’m currently feeling somewhat swamped with lots of gorgeous patterns which I have just tested or am testing. Why pattern test?!
There are definitely some pro’s to pattern testing. I sign up when I think I will learn something from making the pattern, or because I feel a bond with the designer… not necessarily because I like the end product!
A big plus for me is the sense of community – making the same pattern with a group of virtual friends. The camaraderie and sharing on Facebook groups is lovely, and a great chance to ask if I get stuck (often due to skim reading the pattern #cough).
But the biggest reason personally has to be the chance to try my hand at something new. As a result of pattern testing I have read my sewing machine manual – and can now sew knit fabrics, yeah!!!
I’ve learnt how to sew a bag with a zip fastening in bags:)
And I’m currently working on my first ever quilt pattern… watch this space!!
Pattern testing for bag designers, upcyclers, quilters and dress designers brings a variety to my sewing which I would not have otherwise. Plus, of course, free patterns, which works if you like the item!
Fancy pattern testing yourself? I have recently joined a sewing, craft & creative bloggers group on facebook, and quite often there are shouts out from bloggers. I thoroughly recommend pattern testing as a way of developing yours kills, and building networks.
All I have to do is stop myself from putting myself forward as a tester for every opportunity – my bank balance doesn’t quite run to all that fabric!!
As usual I am off to check out fellow Handmade Harbour creative:)