Want to test sew a pattern?



Folks, I am happy to say that I am wrapping up work on the next line of patterns! When they are complete, one last step remains before going to print: they need to be tested by real sewists like yourselves.

I have my team of volunteer testers lined up, but a few spots remain open, so if you are interested, I would love to hear from you!

There are two patterns available for testing, so without giving away too much, I can tell you a little about them: They are intermediate. One is a short coat. The other is a bias-cut dress. Both are fully lined. Both are lovely (in fact, they are the two most-complimented pieces by the 20 or so people who have seen them!)

I’m looking for testers who have time right now, because the turnaround for these must be pretty fast: ten days of sewing time from when you receive it, but I will give you all the info you need to get your materials in advance.

Interested? Contact me and let me know, and I’ll send you more details!

Update: I’ve had lots of responses, so no more volunteers needed! Thanks everyone, and I’ll email each of those who’ve contacted me over the next day!

{image above: Scissors, Needles, Thread by petits détails on Flickr}

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. Her roles include communication, strategy, and creative direction. She also edits Seamwork magazine. She often thinks and writes about the way sewing impacts our lives – through body image, identity, and social awareness.

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Comments 9


Yes please! I just finished sewing your macaron dress for my birthday last week. I loved using the pattern. It was so easy to follow. I would love to help you out and get the chance to test sew one of your patterns.


Please tell me I’m in time for this one!

Twila Jean

dang am I too late? I would love to test sew, me and solanah could share and test it together :) we sew and blog a lot!


A bias-cut dress, fully lined! Thank you!!

I am looking forward to your short coat also, just have been thinking bias-cut dresses lately and wishing there were more patterns for such out there, especially designed for a C/D bust. How fabulous is this?

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I can’t wait until you release your latest patterns!

Alana q'teekorneronfacebook

I’d like to be a pattern tester it will give me more experience


If you are still looking for testers I would love to do this. I currently have a sewing business out of my home and have been sewing since I was a child sitting on my grandma’s lap as she ran the treadle.

Thanks loads for this opportunity if chosen.


I have just bought the wide pants pattern for beginners . Just wondering if you have any helpful YouTube clips for the zip in particular

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