Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Have I told you I love testing?

Well, I do. I just love testing patterns, embroidery files, samples at Sam's Club.... whatever.

I've been so lucky in the testing department, which comes in really handy when you're on a budget. I get to test things I would never have the means to buy!

So, thank you, thank you, thank you to all the wonderful pattern designers and digitizers who let me try out their stuff!

That being said.
Here is the latest pattern I had the honor to test. It's called the Mod Tie Shirt by Jessica at Happy Together.

This shirt is really different from anything I've seen before. The body of the shirt is made with cotton and the sleeves and band are out of knit. I used an old halter dress from Wal-Mart for the sleeves (and thank goodness- it was a size 18 months and Boo's kept trying to put it on.... )and some really cool fabric I got from Mom for the body of the shirt and the applique on the sleeve.

I don't know why Boo's was closing her eyes.... shrug.
Here is a shot of the back.

This shirt will probably go to Hailey- you guys know I can't get my girls in anything but a dress or t-shirt. ahhahahahhahahha

About testing patterns:

When I first started testing patterns, I have to tell you, I didn't really get the whole pdf pattern thing. I have always used commercial patterns- you know- Butterick, McCall's, Simplicity, New Look. I still love those, but there is a real benefit to these PDF and ebook patterns.

First- the pictures, which are great for beginners but also come in handy for us seasoned seamstresses. You hardly ever have to read the instructions twice and I have to admit, I have never called my Mom to help me understand what to do on one of those. I have a million times for commercial patterns.

Mom: blah, blah, blah...."Does that make sense"
Me: "No... I have no idea what you're talking about"

You know the conversation. You just wish you could 'see' her do it.
That is what these e books do! It's awesome.

Except how much they cost to print- that is the downfall. I just have Mr.Cole print them at work... shhhhhh..... but also...on the upside-
the pattern pieces are always there. You can trace them off, print them off, lose them, let the kids color on them, cats eat them... whatever. Just print a new one off your computer when you need it. Pretty cool.

So... if you haven't tried one of these- I suggest you do. You'll love them.
I get asked all the time what my favorite patterns are- here are some of my favorite pdf patterns.
I don't get kick backs from any of these people I just like these patterns.

Some of my favorites:
*Easy Fit Pants by Carla C
*Simply Sweet tops and dresses by Carla C
*Recycled T-shirt Halter Dress by lil blue boo
*Recycled Sienna T-shirt dress by lil blue boo
*Three Basic Bibs- Strawberry Truffle
*Ruffled Diaper Cover- by Tie Dye Diva and Monkeysbug Tees
*Any of the Bit of Whimsy Dolls patterns- I have several!... one of those I need to make soon!


jellaan said...

I love the top!! I bet you could lengthen the top to a dress length the next time you make it so your girls will wear it.

Susan said...

I love this pattern and your top. I agree, I could see this made into a dress. I love what you said about the pdf and ebook patterns because that is all I have purchased so far (not that I have attempted to create anything yet, not sure what I am waiting for). I have never used a pattern just some free tuturials, for aprons and such. So I am still a little intimidated by the whole thing. You and your creations are so inspiring, thanks

Julia said...

The top is adorable on Boos.

Cole's Corner said...

Oh man... what a good idea to make it into a dress. Then she will LOVE it!

Happy Together said...

She was such a cute model! Thank you so much again for all of your help! I'm glad you had fun with it :)

BConky said...

It's so unusual for a child's top. Creative pattern. I thought you were going to make a purse with that fabric? Slept in my own be last night. Still got the nerves. Miss Sophie and Megan.

Terri Bowden said...

I love love love that fabric. It's way adorable!!

Terri Bowden said...

I love love love that fabric. It's way adorable!!

Amber said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and have fun reading it along with the your post about testing patterns. I was curious how you got started testing things. I would love to do this but have no idea how to find or let people know that I would love to test there patterns!