PPC16: Our Testers Speak

So….

It’s that time again! It’s time to show you what our testers created in the process of testing our pattern instructions! Many of you know that one of my favorite parts of the pattern development process is the testing round. I just LOVE seeing what our testers are inspired to create, especially since each one of our testers has their own individual style and several have a real flair for the dramatic! So with that intro…

Let’s see what our testers whipped up during this,
our 16th cycle of Purse Pattern Chronicles!

(presented in the order in which they were submitted to us)

Lori Gates is from West Henrietta, NY and has been testing for us since the Fall of 2008 when we introduced the Boho Baguette and that’s before we even started Purse Pattern Chronicles one! WOW! AND… besides being a great seamstress, Lori is an excellent grammatician (is that a word?) & proof-reader!

Another GREAT job as usual, Lori!

 

Diane Rhodes is from Monroeville, PA and started testing for us in 2012 in the 9th cycle of Purse Pattern Chronicles with the Uptown Saddlebag. I always look forward to the seeing the bags that Diane creates because of the intricate piecing that generally adorns the exterior, and as you can see, her Go-Go Compact sample did not disappoint!

This is a whole’nother level of piecing, right?

 

Mary Larson of Rochester, MN started testing for us in the 11th cycle of Purse Pattern Chronicles with the Triple Play. Like me, Mary loves working with graphic prints and enjoys pairing them with bold coordinates. Her Go-Go Compact was especially pretty!

The polka-dot trim is cute-as-a-button, no?

 


And Shannon Maciejewski of Almont, MI joined our testing team in the 9th cycle of Purse Pattern Chronicles with the Wrapsody. I always look forward to the unique exteriors Shannon creates for her bags. She gravitates toward unusual color combinations and sometimes, really cool piecework as was the case with her Go-Go Compact.

Shannon did a fantastic job creating this butterfly exterior but said that all the additional layering from all of those seams ultimately created some stitching problems. All’s well that ends well though. Her bag is awesome!

So that’s how the testing rounds played out for this our 16th cycle of Purse Pattern Chronicles and aren’t these bags fantastic? And hey— Didn’t our testers do an exceptional job?

And now it’s YOUR turn!

And here’s the deal… our testers perform a great service for us (and in turn for YOU) in the process of making their test bags. I can’t imagine publishing a new pattern without their input, and if you’d like to leave them some love in the “Comments” section” below I’m sure they’d appreciate it. And if you have any questions about the testing process in general or this new design in particular, I’ll do my best to answer them there also!

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2 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. They are all talented sewers with a great sense of style. But something about Lori’s green bag makes me want to throw it over my shoulder and Go-Go go!

    • Thank you Mary B! I have so much choosing and combining fabrics for Kat’s patterns. I love to see what “speaks to me” and then throw caution to the wind!