In the months between designing and releasing a pattern, there is a lot of work going on. Not just by me, but by a team of women that are incredibly talented and enormously patient. They are pattern testers. What is a pattern tester, you might ask? A pattern tester is essential to the process of pattern production. Long before a pattern emerges, these women check the pattern, fit and instruction. I send them a finished draft of the pattern and instructions and ask them to follow along to make the item. When you look at something that you have been drawing and writing for months, it's hard to see it objectively. Compound that with having dyslexia and you can imagine the gratitude I feel for them! They truly help me make my patterns the best that they can be. My sewing patterns would not be nearly as successful without the contribution of these incredible friends.
I want to highlight the work three of these friends did for the Aster Clutch Bag pattern. Perhaps it will inspire you to make your own. Their fabric choices and colors are such a treat!
This clutch was made by Patty, at MadebyPade, who is also a clinical psychologist by profession and makes gorgeous bags and accessories in her "off time". Look how she put that zipper in. Thats a pro job, there!
Nellie, made this bag with the stunning contrast piping, tie and lining. I love the tension of the muted pattern and the neon trim! Nellie also tested my Magnolia Tunic Pattern, the first pattern that I introduced this year. She is a brave and talented friend:)
This one is in a beautiful black suede. Suede! Missy was awfully brave to attempt this pattern draft on this gorgeous leather. That Schiaparelli pink with the black suede is really something to talk about. Speaking of Elsa Schiaparelli, she is the one who began to design using exposed zippers. Don't you love that fashion in the 1940's is so relevant today? I think the exposed chunky metal zippers almost feel like jewelry.
Thank you ladies for your time, work and effort. You really are the best at telling me where I need to clarify my instructions, pattern and technique.
Are you are up for the challenge of test-driving some of my upcoming patterns, if so, let me know! I have a few new patterns in the works.