Call for Pattern Testers!

About a month ago, I sort of impulse-bought some gorgeous striped linen-look rayon from D&H Fabrics and Co. and needed a pattern for the “perfect” top I had pictured in my mind for it. Of course, I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I set about drafting a pattern for myself!

After posting the finished look to instagram, several people reached out in my comments and DMs to ask for the pattern. And I had to give the most unsatisfactory reply that there was no pattern! But that has changed!

When I first started sewing clothing, I was quickly hooked and thought I might develop a few accessories patterns and maybe clothing patterns once I built my sewing skills a bit. I’ve been sewing and hacking patterns so much lately (and now, drafting more of my own pieces) that the time has come, sooner rather than later, to release my first pattern!

I’m pleased to present the Fern Top, a boxy, modern peplum top meant for mid- to light-weight woven fabrics.

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I’m really proud of this one, but also a little nervous! It’s fairly straightforward, but the task of fitting multiple bodies feels daunting. And this is why I need your help!

I’m looking for volunteers to test the pattern and let me know if the instructions are clear and if the pattern fits comfortably, in exchange for a free pattern (and a final, updated pattern after the testing phase is complete).

This pattern is ideal for the adventurous beginner or experienced sewist who likes playing with details (multi-directional stripes, pattern matching and color blocking? Yes, please!).

I’ve worked with a pro on the grading and will be offering this pattern in sizes 0-28 along with pattern options for Full Bust Adjustments for C or D cups. Advanced (but totally approachable) techniques in the pattern include pleats and understitched facings (and darts if you need the Full Bust Adjustment). The pattern will also include two options: a pleated peplum style with cuffed sleeves and a more boxy style with narrow-hemmed sleeves and straight skirt panel. And I am looking for a wide range of tester sizes to give this pattern the full review!

If you are interested in testing the pattern and providing feedback and photographs of your finished piece, please fill out the form below! And if you have any friends that might be interested, please send them here as well!

The application will be available until Sunday, May 19th, and the selected testers will be notified via email on Monday, May 20th.

I am hoping to wrap up testing within two weeks and launch the pattern the first week of June.

Please do not be shy about applying! I may not be able to accept all applicants for testing depending on how many people sign up, but I might be in touch for future pattern tests.