Become a tester

We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team of pattern testers. Sounds like something you might be interested in? Here's all that you need to know about the program.

(J006 made by The Wardrobe Project)


One of the most important benefits of testing is to look at the garment on different sizes and morphology. This will help us greatly into improving the fit of our patterns so that it suits a wider audience. Another benefit of testing is to have the sewing instructions revised by participants of different skill levels. This feedback will help us to create instructions that can be understood by everyone.

(BRUGES made by Eve Samon)


First, please note that participants will receive the initial and final pattern for free – the program does not involve any monetary transactions. However, to receive the final pattern, the participant must complete the test. This means that feedback and photos are sent by the deadline and follow the requirements.

Once part of the program, you will receive an e-mail each time a test is proposed. The e-mail will include a brief description of the garment, a photo of the sample and a technical sketch, all the material and trims needed, the difficulty level and deadlines. No style is imposed, every participant choose when and what they wish to test. Once the proposal sent, there is a waiting period of 3-5 days so you can consider the proposal.

When a pattern is high in demand, the applications may be shortlisted. Because of that, we ask that all participants to wait until they get a confirmation from us before buying any material. Once the waiting period is over, you’ll receive the initial pattern and a link to an online form. It’s with this form that you will provide your feedback and photos.

The testing period may last from 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the complexity of the style. This means that participants need to provide their comments and pictures by the end of the testing period.

(HARRY made by Tipstitched)


The first pattern is always tested in-house before it’s proposed to the testers. However, we recommend that the participants sew first a muslin in a cheaper fabric to check if any corrections are needed to suit their morphology. Also, our patterns are adjusted according to a height of 163cm (5ft4)  and participants that are taller or shorter than this standard should lengthen or shorten the garment to preserve the proportions of the garment.

It’s important that testers follow the sewing instructions and do not alter the style of the garment. Once the testing period over, the final copy will be given to the participants and only then they will be able to modify the style as desired.

To help with the adjustments, the tester must provide photos of the garment worn by a live model. Photos with a dress form are not acceptable because they are not accurate enough. As you probably noticed, we love to feature the testers on our social media! This is not mandatory and you will be asked at the end of each test if you allow us to use your photos. If they are used, you will be credited according to the handle (or website) provided in the questionnaire (if you don't have a social media account, only your name will be published).

Finally, as we will be working with new styles, we kindly ask testers to share pictures and/or blog articles only once the pattern is in store!

That is all! To join our group of pattern tester, just write us an email at with a short bio along with photos of your work. We welcome all levels, from beginners to experts.

(SW602 made by Anna Zoe Sewing)