Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Looking for Pattern Testers!

I'm currently looking to add about 10 new testers to my pattern tester team! Please read below to see if this is something you're interested in.

What is a pattern tester and how do we work?

A pattern tester is someone who is involved in thoroughly reading, lightly editing, and sewing up a bag before the pattern is released. A pattern is not ready to be released until after they are tested by a number of sewists/bag makers. Pattern testers are an incredibly important part of the pattern writing process. As a group my awesome pattern testers are able to give the me a unique perspective on the pattern, catch any errors and can generate helpful feedback! You also get to sew my new releases before anyone else ;)

We work through my Facebook testing group to which you will get an invite to if accepted, I post when I have a new pattern in need of testing, a post with photos, description of the bag, the skills needed and what's needed to complete it along with a deadline for the test and photography of the bag. 
And then you just comment on the post if you wish to test that particular pattern, easy peasy! 

Are you interested in being a pattern tester, please ask yourself the following before submitting an application:

* Do you have the time? 
You will be given a specific time frame to for testing (usually 2-3 weeks). Many patterns are being released on a deadline, so it is important to be sure that you have the time to commit before you agree to test. You absolutely don't have to test each and everyone of my patterns if you become a pattern tester, however, participating in a couple of tests/year is requested.

* Do you have the ability to sew something less than perfect? 
This is important because, believe it or not, even experienced designers can mess up the numbers, write the wrong one or otherwise mess stuff up. And like when in this case, the pattern designer sometimes is very blonde, it's bound to happen. ;) 
 It is important to sit down and take a look at some numbers to make sure that they make sense before you start. Remember, the pattern hasn’t been published yet for a reason!

* Do you have a willingness to read slowly and very carefully as you go through the pattern to look for typos, grammatical errors, and inconsistencies in wording? 
As English isn't my first language, help with readability, understanding, grammar, spelling and wording is extra important for me. And for my Swedish pattern testers, as I work in English most of the time the the languages does get mixed up for me so help with, grammar, wording and spelling in Swedish is much needed too. Nitpicking is something I very much appreciate I love grammar police in my testers!

* Do you have some way to make notes as you work? 
And an ability to share those notes – whether you send the information in an email body, as comments in the PDF document, as an word document, or a scanned/photographed image of your neatly written notes on the printed pattern.

* Do you have the time to neatly photograph your bag after finishing? 
And are you willing to let me use such photos on my website, blog posts, social media and promotional material, always with full credit of course! 

You will receive 2 of my finished patterns as a thank you for each test you make.

Does this sound like it's for You?
Please fill in the following form before 7th of July:  

Thank you all for considering! ❤️

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