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Pattern Tester Call!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


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It's time to update my Tester Database! I have several new patterns in various stages of development that will be ready for testing soon, but I also have one that is ready for testing right now :)

So, if you've ever wanted to test sewing patterns, then now's the time to sign up and find out what it's all about. Please take a moment to read the Tester FAQ's below first though, so that you know what you're getting into before you sign up...


1) Do I get paid to pattern test?
Unfortunately no, but you do get a (hopefully) cute pattern! Once all feedback is collated and any changes are made, I'll also send you a final copy of the updated digital pattern as a thank you.

2) How do you pick who get's to test?
Once I have the next pattern ready, I'll email the entire database to let you know. From there, testers will be chosen on a first in per size email basis. If the first 10 people signing up are all a size 14, obviously I need a range of sizes to test for me, and sending the pattern to a large group who are all sewing up the same size isn't going to give me a good idea of how the pattern works across all sizes. So in that instance, the first few in that size group will get to test.

3) What do I have to do?
Once you've received my email with a description of what the next pattern is, if you want to test it, all you have to do is let me know. If I receive your email before the testing group is full, I'll email you the pattern with a list of questions I'd like you to answer.

After you've made the pattern, you'll need to email me back with the answers to my questions and any other comments you think might be useful for me to put into the pattern (whether it's fit, typos, missing information, instructions that are hard to understand etc). This usually needs to happen with a 2-3 week turn around.

4) What if I'm too busy to test a pattern with a 2 week turn around?
I'll always let you know what you're in for before you commit to testing a pattern. If you think there's no way you'll be able to provide feed back in that time then I'd appreciate it if you'd pass on testing that time and let someone else do it.

Don't worry, just because you pass this time, doesn't mean you get a black mark next to your name for next time :)

5) Is the pattern going to be in pdf? Do I need a printer? I hate pdf's by the way...
At this stage, all tester patterns will be delivered to you in digital pdf format. You won't necessarily need your own printer though as you will receive both the A0 Print Shop file and the A4/Letter Print-at-Home file. 

I do understand the difficulties of working with pdf patterns, however, if you're yet to try one of my PDF patterns, I hope I'll curb some of that dislike. My pdf's are laid out in a way that you don't end up needing to rearrange your entire living room to tape together one big blob of paper. You get to print out only the version you want to make, and you'll save a bunch of paper and time doing it my way :)

6) What if I don't like the style of the pattern on me?
I'll hopefully describe the pattern to you as best I can without actually showing everyone what the pattern looks like (cause that'd be giving it away!). Based on that information, you'll need to decide if you think it's something you'd like to make, and then fingers crossed you like it.

If you end up hating the style, I'd still need your feedback but I guess you'll just need to look at the pattern objectively (rather than emotionally) so you can let me know any issues with it.

7) What if I'm a beginner seamstress?
Great! I release a range of different patterns that suit all levels of sewing experience. If I've stated in an email that a pattern is intermediate or advanced but it sounds like something you'd like to have a go at making, then please feel free to sign up. You never know, while I think it's an advanced pattern, you might think it's super easy, which would then mean I'd need to re-think my classification of the pattern anyway.

8) If I sign up and give you my email address, will you use it for other spammy 
purposes, or give it to spammy people who will send me spam?
No way! Your email address will specifically go onto my testers database, and you'll only ever get an email from me if it's about pattern testing (unless you'd like other emails of course! You can sign up to my actual newsletter here). And I'll never give your email address to spammy people either, don't you worry.



Sign ups will close at the end of the week (NZDT).

xx
J
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Introducing Paper Patterns!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Hot on the heels of last week's Sorrel Dress release comes the release of 4 more paper patterns!

During my Kickstarter Campaign last year, we surpassed my initial goal so quickly that adding on additional patterns was just a no-brainer. I didn't have any more 'new' patterns ready for release at that time, but I knew that there were firm favourites that everyone had been asking about having paper available for for such a long time.

So, I decided to do an initial run of paper patterns for The Pippi Pinafore, The Gable Top, The Juniper Cardigan and The Ivy Pinafore. You can purchase all of these, as well as Sorrel, in both Digital and Paper format from my shop or from my lovely Stockists.







If your favourite local retailer isn't listed, you can either ask them to get in touch with me, or I can get in touch with them for you — just email jen at jenniferlaurenhandmade dot com and I'll get right onto it.

And just for a bit of fun, which patterns would you like to see in paper next?

xx
J
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