PPC14: The Testing Round


Now is the time that we generally share pictures of the samples that were made by our testers in the process of testing our pattern instructions.

And just so you know… I consider the testing round to be one of the most important parts of the run-up to a new pattern! I can’t even imagine trying to publishing a pattern without including testers in the process! That’s because I rely on our pattern testers to give me an honest assessment of our pattern, good and/or bad. They check the grammar, spelling, methodology and logic and in the process, they take the testing packages we send them and then create some of the prettiest bags ever! So, without further adieu, here are the amazing Festival Pocket Belts created by our testers for this, our fourteenth cycle of Purse Pattern Chronicles!

First up is this tone-on-tone beauty created by Beth Revere of Council Grove, KS–


Beth’s been a part of our testing team since the Cosmo Convertible.



And this bold & graphic Pocket Belt was created by Mary Larson of Rochester, MN–

Mary’s our newest tester, having joined us during the Triple Play cycle.

She has a great deal of sewing experience and has a particular knack for making great suggestions at just the right time!

And finally, this Pocket Belt was created by Shannon Maciejewski of Almont, MI–

Shannon’s been testing for us since the Wrapsody. I love the fabrications she chose for this Pocket Belt.

It kinda reminds me that Spring is just around the corner.



And there you have it!

It just so happened that our testing period fell smack dab in the middle of the Christmas holiday season this year and the timing just didn’t work out for 2 of our regulars, (Diane Rhodes and Lori Gates). We sure did miss ’em and hopefully we’ll get ’em back into the saddle again in the next cycle of “Purse Pattern Chronicles”, our 15th! (Can you believe it?)

So with that I’ll say once again that we’re fortunate to have the best set of pattern testers in the world, and because they love what they do and are so good at it, they not only make my job easier, but they pave the way for a positive experience for all of YOU!

So… how’s about leaving them a little love in the comments section below and if you have any comments, or questions for any or all of them, please feel free to leave them there too!

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2 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. All look well done, as usual. I think it’s interesting that each tester was drawn to using red.

  2. I really like the red and may make one for my daughter in red. However I am drawn to the black and silver and am anxiously awaiting my pattern as I have fabric.