Pattern Testers Needed!

Hey, everyone! Want to be a volunteer pattern tester for Sewaholic Patterns? I’m looking for people that are interested in testing future pattern designs, before they go to print. You’ll get to try out new patterns before anyone else! Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have noticed the ‘Volunteer Pattern Tester‘ job posting appear on the wall, and several people have already signed up! Thank you! I was using an app to write up the job posting, and I didn’t know it would appear right away – but I’m glad it did now. It’s exciting to see so much interest in the new patterns!

You may have some questions, so I’ve done an imaginary Q&A with some answers!

Don’t you already test your patterns?

Yes! But I’d like to get more feedback and several fresh sets of eyes on the patterns before they go to print.

What if I’m not sure I will be able to actually test patterns when the time comes?

Don’t worry, you’re not committed if you sign up to the list! I’d like to get an idea of how many people are interested for future patterns. When a new pattern is ready for testing, I’ll send a note to the list. At that time, you’ll be able to say either Yes or No.

What skill level are you looking for?

All skill levels are welcome to sign up! When we have a new pattern, I’ll list the approximate level of difficulty of the pattern to be tested in the email,

Any more questions? Let me know in the comments below. I’m still figuring out the details of the testing process but I’m really excited to see so much interest in testing already.

If you’re interested, click here to sign up. Thanks so much!

UPDATE: Thanks SO much to everyone that signed up! I have a massive list of people who are interested now, and I’m really excited to see how the testing process goes the first time around. If I need more testers, I’ll be sure to post the link to the signup list again at that time. Thanks a million!

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46 Responses to Pattern Testers Needed!

  1. Jennifer August 30, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    I would LOVE to be a pattern tester! Sign me up!

  2. Susanne August 30, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    Wow, what an offer! I’d love to do that!

  3. Sewing Princess August 30, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Great idea! I’ve been testing patterns before and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. If on top of that my garment turns out so nicely as my Lonsdale dress…well, what more can I ask! thanks for this offer.

  4. Jennifer August 30, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Oh, how neat! I would LOVE to be a pattern tester. Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. Irene August 30, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    Tasia, I know that you design your patterns with a pear shaped figure in mind, so my question is, are you looking for testers with this kind of body? I ask because I’m not, but I’d love to test your patterns!

  6. House of Pinheiro August 30, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    wow, Count me in !

  7. Funnygrrl August 30, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    I’d love to get a chance to do this. I’m a beginner and I sew a size 14 in the Pendrell if you are looking for someone who sews on the “right” side of your size chart. :)

  8. VictoriaR August 30, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    Sounds like a great idea. I just signed up using your easy link. Thanks

  9. Catholic Bibliophagist August 30, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Sounds like fun. I just signed up.

  10. Frances August 30, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Wow! What an opportunity! I’m all signed up. I feel like a puppy at the animal shelter. Pick me! Pick me!

  11. Sara Noemi August 30, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    Would love to test this out. I really enjoyed making the Beignet skirt and I wonder what a sewaholic dress pattern would be like.

  12. Stephanie August 30, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    I saw this on your Facebook page and have already signed up. I can’t wait to see what you create next!!

  13. 1congn1to August 30, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I would love to sign up for the testing! The only thing is, I’m not sure if I can, because I live in Belgium. If that’s not a problem for you, then count me in! I’m not really a beginner but neither am I an experienced seamstress.

  14. Meghan August 30, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Lovely! I signed up and look forward to trying some patterns! :-)

  15. Manda August 30, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    I would love to but I think I should try sewing some sort of garment before I do! Maybe in the future though!

  16. Brandy Layton August 30, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    This is a fantastic opportunity! I have signed up and look forward to helping out!

  17. maremelade August 30, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    I would love to test one of your future patterns but as I live in France, I assume it is not really convenient.
    To bad! I will have to wait the official release of your coming patterns to order them

  18. Vicki Kate August 30, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Ooh, my dream job! Proof reading and sewing testing… I’m all signed up and hope I get the opportunity to help out!

  19. Becky August 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Seconding Irene’s question–this sounds like so much fun, but I’d have to FBA everything! Would that disqualify me from signing up?

  20. Tasia August 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    Thanks everyone!! Wow, I’m so glad you’re all excited to be pattern testers, this is great!!

    @Irene: Good question! If you’re interested, I’d sign up – I haven’t finalized the pattern testing requirements and I don’t want to eliminate anyone who’s interested in testing just yet. I’d hate to say ‘pear shapes only’ and not have enough testers when the time comes. It all depends on the pattern design too!

    @Becky: Same as Irene – if you’re interested, sign up! When it’s pattern testing time, I’ll send out a list of requirements, and if it doesn’t work for you, there’s no pressure to follow through. It depends on the style of the pattern as well – perhaps you’d be more suited to test bottoms than tops! :) Either way, sign yourself up now and then at least you can decide at the time whether you want to do it or not. If you want. :)

  21. Tasia August 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    @maremelade: You can sign up if you want! People have signed up all around the world, and since I have readers and customers all over, it wouldn’t be fair to exclude anyone at this point.

  22. Tasia August 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    @1congn1to: Yes! You can sign up too. Anyone who’s interested is encouraged to sign up, you’re not committed to be a tester but it does help me know how many people are interested!

  23. Ann August 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    I just signed up! I’m really a beginner and easily confused so I could represent the other “slow” ones out there! It sounds really fun, hope the chance to test something comes soon!

  24. Laurie Brown August 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Wow! I’d love to do this! I love your patterns, especially the Crescent skirt.

    Of late, I’ve done mostly vintage and costuming (and curtains and mending…. ), but I’m sort of an all round intermediate sewist.

  25. Nethwen August 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Wow! What an offer. I would love to do this. I’m in the under five-foot, pear-shaped, swayback category.

  26. Amanda August 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Hi Tasia!

    I’d love to be a part of your focus group! I just signed up on the link above. I’m definitely still a beginner sewer, but I can say that I’ve completed your Crescent skirt and the Lonsdale pattern is next in line. :) Please keep me posted on how I can help in any way!

    Take care,
    Amanda

  27. Renay August 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    Ohh sounds great. Count me in, I’d love to be a tester :-)

  28. Lucy August 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Count me in! I wasn’t going to express interest because I’m in New Zealand, but if you say it’s okay…

    I’m not a pear shape, but I’d imagine it would be actually be good for you to have a few non-pears, so you can see how everything goes for us as well. I know for a fact it’s not only pears that buy your patterns, so it stands to reason that there should be testers for them as well!

  29. Annabelle August 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Hi Tasia! I would love to help you out by being a pattern tester. This would be great fun.

  30. Debbie August 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    I would love to test your patterns! I have made all three of your patterns and love them all. I made a black and white Pendrell that has become a wardrobe staple and always gets good comments!

  31. Tina T. August 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    I would love to be a tester! Count me in!

  32. Esz August 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    I signed up! Fairly pear-shaped gal from Aussie :-D

  33. Beverly McCall August 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    How exciting. I signed up following the directions outlined in your attachment. Looking forward to a wonderful opportunity.

  34. 1congn1to August 31, 2011 at 2:19 am #

    @Tasia: Then I would love to sign up! :D

  35. Veronica August 31, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Never tested a pattern before, but looking forward to the opportunity.

  36. Ashlee August 31, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Sad to see I missed the boat for this opportunity! Would LOVE to be a tester in the future, if needed! :)

  37. Judy August 31, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    I would love to – I am a pear and I think it is so hard to find great patterns. Just fire me a note and I would help you test any time :)

  38. Nan York August 31, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    I’m blog catching up after installing my grandson in Fairbanks college! I would love to test patterns for you.

  39. Buffey September 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Just seeing this myself too…would love to be a tester if you decide to open up the list. Sounds fun (plus I have a great friend who is an awesome photographer that would probably take some pics too).

  40. Renata September 2, 2011 at 3:10 am #

    I would love too :)

  41. Renata September 2, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    I’m late:) I love your patterns and will be adding them to my sewing room. Also I enjoy your blog. I’ve been reading it for a few weeks now.

  42. Emily September 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    I would love to test too if you open it up again!! I made three Pendrells in quick succession, but no pics yet. I LOVE that pattern!

  43. LJHS September 7, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    OH – very disappointed to have just found your blog and this post and see that the offer of pattern tester has now closed. I would really love to have been a tester for you as I have been sewing for well over 30 years now. You never know a good ‘old fashioned’ opinion could add hidden depth.

  44. Tasia September 7, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Thanks so much for all of the offers to test! I received SO many people signing up, I knew that already it would be hard to choose from the hundreds (yes hundreds!) of people who volunteered their time. I had no idea so many people would be interested, it’s so encouraging to see!
    If it comes to testing time and suddenly, people are too busy to test, I’ll be sure to open up the sign-up list again. I really appreciate all of your offers!

  45. Claraines October 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Dear Tasia,

    Je suis très intéressée pour essayer votre patron, je fais du T38 en haut et T40 pour le bas !

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