Wanted: Pattern Testers

pattern testers wanted at thisblogisnotforyou.comYes, you have read correctly: I am looking for some eager sewing nerds to test an upcoming pattern (made by moi, of course)!

***UPDATE: I have found quite a few fantastic pattern testers now. From now on I won’t be able to take on more. THANKS for the amazing feedback everyone!***

It will be the first of several PDF patterns you will be able to download from thisblogisnotforyou.com.

However, it is not yet clear whether all of these patterns will be completely free of charge. There will be freebies for sure (hiphiphurray!), but it depends a bit on how elaborate some of these patterns will be.

Either way, I want my instructions to be clear and my patterns to be as bug-free as possible. And therefore I need some of you guys to test them before I publish them here on le blog.

Sooooo….I am looking for some sewing enthusiasts would like to have a go at my first pattern – the hooded cape* I drafted a few weeks ago.

You should…

– have an eye for detail
– have some time to squeeze in one more sewing project in your busy schedule (you should be able to finish it in 3-4 weeks after receiving the pattern)
– be keen on following instructions
– have enough patience for printing, cutting and glueing a PDF pattern.


It doesn’t matter how experienced your sewing skills are as the pattern is quite easy. It also doesn’t matter whether you have worked with PDF patterns before or not.
It would be great if you have a blog where you could write about testing the pattern, but don’t worry if you don’t. Either way, I would like you to send me some pictures of your make (next to your feedback) which I will then feature on my blog.

So, if you think you would make a perfect pattern tester, please email me at hello[at]thisblogisnotforyou,com, subject ‘pattern tester’. Please include a few lines about yourself and how super cool you are and why you would love to test the pattern.

***UPDATE: I have found quite a few fantastic pattern testers now. From now on I won’t be able to take on more. THANKS for the amazing feedback everyone!***

Depending on the feedback I might have to pick a handful of testers, but there will be more than enough opportunities for testing patterns in the future.

Happy Sewing!

Stay in touch!

*FYI: The pattern does not have a particular size. Since it’s a cape with a loose hood, it will fit many different sizes. I drafted it as a size 36 (Eur)/S/10 (UK), but it will also fit smaller and larger sizes to a certain degree. The only pointers are the shoulder measurements which are 11 cm/5 inches. 

9 thoughts on “Wanted: Pattern Testers

  1. I would love, love, love to test your cape pattern! I’ve been looking for a good cape pattern. I made one for my daughter based on an Oliver+S pattern (that turned out pretty well even though I was totally paranoid about lengthening it). I don’t have a blog (but there’s no time like the present), but I am very detailed oriented. I’ve been a bench scientist, an now am on the computer side of data analysis (see, details!). I am always writing notes on patterns when I find errors or have ideas for improvements. I do keep a sewing journal, but haven’t digitized. Anyway, I could send some pix of my work, if you like 🙂

  2. Oh fabulous! I had earmarked your cape, but i have yet to learn how to self draft… would love to test the pattern ~ I’ll drop you an email now 🙂

  3. ooh I will be dropping you an email straight away. I love this pattern and would love to be involved in your testing crew 😀

    Can’t wait to see what else there is to come xxx

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