Laminaria Swimsuit Pattern Testers

The most satisfying and inspiring part of any pattern release is seeing it made up by other women! It is so fun to see a collection of different women using different fabric and making different design decisions, all from the same pattern. I was fortunate to have an amazing, inspiring, creative assortment of women that tested the Laminaria Swimsuit and I’m honored to share some of their gorgeous creations and their thoughts on the pattern! (Because this pattern is a swimsuit there were quite a number of women that asked not to be included in this post – they know who they are and I am just as thankful to them for their help!) One thing to note – you may notice that the larger sizes show off more cleavage than the smaller sizes regardless of cup size. The final pattern was regraded across the top range of sizes to fix …

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Electron Layette Pattern Testers

As always, I have so much gratitude for the awesome ladies that help me release patterns by volunteering to be pattern testers. The batch of dedicated and talented folks who helped me with the Electron Layette are no exception! Here are most of their finished garments for your eye candy pleasure! (If you’re interested in helping me pattern test in the future, make sure to sign up here). Carolyn sewed the whole set (aside from hems and topstitching) on her serger. She comments that the “Tips for Sewing Knits” section in the instructions would be “especially helpful for people new to sewing, or just new to sewing knits.” (As a side note, I’m seriously crushing on that floral print for myself!) Maria (Blog & Instagram) used a stretchy knit for all of the pattern pieces for a slightly different look but it sure does look cute on her 2 year old …

Achatina Messenger Bag Testers

As I say with every pattern release, no pattern would be possible without the awesome help of my pattern testers, and of course my Achatina Messenger Bag is no exception. It’s always so inspiring to see testers’ lovely versions – I hope you find them inspiring as well! Dangerously Alice used an adorable camera-print Echino cotton with a quilting cotton for her lining. The star appliqué she used can be found in the Tattoo Appliqué Expansion pack. She suggested a bunch of fun ideas for customizing future bags including adding a key clip, adding pockets to the outside of the bag (under the flap), and making the strap adjustable. (Find Alice on her blog, instagram, or twitter) Carolyn made a super fun pirate themed bag out of a denim outer and a thrifted cotton sheet lining (seriously, how awesome is the pirate print!). She comments that the “pattern is well …

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Presidio Purse Re-Release Testers

The pattern for the Presidio Purse didn’t change with the re-release, but the instructions underwent an overhaul so I wanted a new set of pattern testers to look at them with fresh eyes. I only had a few testers, but these ladies sure didn’t disappoint with their gorgeous bags! I wanted to thank them publicly for their helpful help and show off their beautiful bags! Kyla used an upholstery fabric with a heavy weight lining so she got a lot of structure without needing to interface the body. Her boyfriend also suggested another use for the purse – when she said it would be great for traveling he said “yea, and then you can stuff it and it will double as a pillow”. Ha! (Find Kyla on her blog). Anne used a corduroy outer (with piping all around, thanks to the sewalong instructions) and an upholstery weight lining so she …

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Pattern Testers for the Nautilus Swimsuit

The most satisfying and inspiring part of any pattern release is seeing it made up by other women! It is so fun to see a collection of different women using different fabric and making different design decisions, all from the same pattern. I was fortunate to have an amazing, inspiring, creative assortment of women that tested the Nautilus Swimsuit and I’m honored to share some of their gorgeous creations (and to hand out completely arbitrary and useless awards to thank them!). (Because this pattern is a swimsuit there were quite a number of women that asked not to be included in this post – they know who they are and I am just as thankful to them for their help!) Mariah of Blackberry Jamble wins most classic for her cute black and white polka dot. (I made some of my initial samples in the same fabric!) She said after taking …

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Conifer Skirt Pattern Testers

Any time a new pattern is published from an indie designer, my favorite part is seeing the assortment of garments from pattern testers. It is so fun to see a collection of different women using different fabric and making different design decisions, all from the same pattern. I was fortunate to have an amazing, inspiring, creative assortment of women that tested my Conifer Skirt and I’m honored to share some of their gorgeous creations. Woolbothy wins my unofficial award for most romantic photos. Isn’t the setting of her daily life simply gorgeous! She made and started wearing the skirts while it was still quite chilly in her part of the world (Scotland), showing that these really can be year round skirts. She made them a bit shorter than maxi – “more ankle skimmer than mud trailer” – and remarks that, at 5’3″, she’s proof that you don’t have to be …