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Need someone to test a pattern

gowngirl | Posted in General Discussion on

I am now developing a new pattern line of vintage and evening styles. I have my first style graded and printed with instructions (no illustrations). It’s been through a test run already, but I have this crazy idea that I need someone (unbiased) to give it a test run. All sizes are included, though my pattern sizing does not match the popular commercial patterns- They were developed for the retail market, so the numerical system is more similar to the size you would buy in the store, and runs in size 6-18 (bust size 34-45 in inches). The pattern and postage is free of course, but you provide your own fabric. All I ask is that you report your experience and make any necessary suggestions criticisms. A photo of the pattern style is included. Any takers??

Thanks in advance,


  1. user-51823 | | #1

    it's SO cute and i wish i had the time right now-
    congrats to the lucky person who gets to do this!
    lovely work!

    1. WandaJ | | #2

      I agree with your post, and would very much like to read the feed back from the testers. And, by all means please let us know whey your pattern line is launched if it is not already. Too, I really like the design that you shared.

      1. gowngirl | | #4

        Thanks Wanda. My goal is to be ready with at least a few patterns in time for Holiday sewing (Nov/Dec). My new website should be ready sometime this month using the name NostalgicPatterns.com. The pattern styles I will be offering are available to preview on my curent site: http://www.gownsbylaura.com. Suggestions on which styles to offer first are welcome!

        Thanks for your encouragement,


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          purduemom | | #7

          Laura,  LOVE the dresses on the website!  The vintage styling in the designs is what appeals to me the most.  The Pendleton pattern is my suggestion for one of the patterns to offer first!  In fact, I will be one of the first customers in line for that one!  Once I saw it, I immediately started a mental trip through my stash for the perfect fabric.  I will be looking forward to the launching of your new website.   



          1. gowngirl | | #8

            Hi Sue,
            Thanks for the suggestion! I will make it a priority to put that next in line. If you'll sign up on my gowns by laura website under "contact us", you'll receive a notification when the new site is up and ready for customers. I am curious, do you have the right fabric in your stash? Laura

  2. Tatsy | | #3

    The dress is very cute, and I would love to make it up if you don't have a short window of time before you need the feedback.  I'm thinking 4-6 weeks.  If that's too long a time, by all means, let someone test it who can do it right now.

    Good luck on your business! Are you planning to free lance design or take a position with a dress line?

    1. gowngirl | | #6

      Tatsy, Thanks so much! 4-6 weeks is perfectly okay. All input will be valuable to me. I don't really know how to rate difficulty, but I'd give this dress an average rating. The assembly isn't unusual, but for simplicity, the directions are written in a different order than may be expected.I have no plans to work for anyone. Right now it's just me footing the bill. I went to design school after many years of sewing because I was completely bored with the pattern styles being offered and wanted to sew clothes that were more interesting. I'm hoping there are others out there who feel the way I do and are happy to have something different on the market.By free lance, do you mean take specific design requests from individual clients, or do you mean offer my patterns to sell through the big commercial companies? I would consider the later, but I'm not expecting any offers soon. I LOVE design and in any capacity, that's what I want to do. Please send me your address and I will mail the pattern to you next week. Thanks again for your offer. Your insights will be very much appreciated! Laura

  3. jatman | | #5

    I would love to try this pattern.  It's very cute and I love the dresses on your website!  I'll e-mail you privately.

    Thank you!


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