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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pattern Testing the Bronte Shirt


       Hi guys! I've got yet another sewing project to share with you today. Can you believe how much I've been sewing lately? I'll attribute it to a lot more free time now that I switched jobs as well as being asked to test out a few new patterns. Which brings me to this particular project, which is the Bronte shirt, a brand-new pattern from Jennifer Lauren.



    As you can see, this is a knit top with a little shoulder detail, which you could either leave plain or add some buttons or other embellishment. I chose to add a couple of pink vintage buttons to mine. I really like that this is something I could wear anytime with jeans. I have to admit that my handmade wardrobe is lacking in "practical" pieces like this and I'm certainly planning on making a few more.


    This particular project was exciting for me because it was the very first knit project I've sewn! I was so happy with how this one turned out that I went ahead and made the Moneta dress I'd had sitting in my sewing room but was still slightly nervous about trying to sew. And then I made two more! Don't you love when you finally try something new and it works?

   I think that my experience shows that this is a great beginner pattern for sewing with knits. It's pretty simple and it also sews up pretty quickly- it only took me about 2 hours from cutting to finishing (and I'm a pretty slow sewer, to be honest). There are lots of variations you could make by changing the length of the sleeves, adding or not adding buttons, and using contrasting colors for the binding. I did make a couple of changes from the pattern for this version. First, I lengthened the hem by about 6 inches. I don't know about you, but I prefer my shirts on the longer side when wearing them with jeans to prevent any "exposure" issues when bending down or sitting. I also decided to shorten the long sleeves to a 3/4 length. I feel like when I wear long sleeves I always end up pushing them up, so I prefer 3/4 length.


Pattern: Bronte by Jennifer Lauren
Fabric: cotton/polyester jersey knit from Jo-Ann fabrics
Size:14
Alterations: Shortened long sleeves by 8 inches
Added 6 inches to length

Thanks Jen for letting me test out your fabulous pattern and get over my fear of knits!

Just as a little side note, I've noticed some talk around the web about pattern testing and whether it seems sort of inauthentic and if readers begin to get tired of seeing these types of posts. I can't speak for anyone else, but here's my take on the subject: 

       In my case I've only recently been asked to test a few patterns, and I've always been glad to do it. I enjoy taking on a new sewing challenge while helping out a fellow online sewing community member and an entrepreneur who is trying to make a living (or at least a little extra money) following their passion for sewing and creating. I would love to do the same one day! 

      In general, I don't think that pattern testers usually get paid for their work, but they do receive a free copy of the pattern they test (naturally) which is a nice reward in itself. I personally don't mind seeing pattern testing posts on other bloggers sites, especially if it is one that I'm considering buying, because I like to see it made up in different ways and on people of different shapes and sizes. I always give my honest opinion about the pattern to the designer and on my own blog and hopefully this will help everyone when creating their garments and deciding if a pattern is right for them.

     Anyway, that's my opinion. What's your take on it?

16 comments:

  1. Looks lovely on you!
    I too like to see a pattern on lots of different shapes and in different fabrics before I buy it, and that goes for the Big4 patterns as well as independent. There's nothing that makes me want to make something more than seeing it on someone with a similar figure or taste in print/pattern to me!

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    1. Yes, I totally agree! Sometimes I'm not interested in a pattern until I see someone's version that I really like, or I see it on a body shape similar to mine looking flattering!

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  2. I feel really weird saying this to another woman, but you have a beautiful figure :)

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    1. Thanks! But I won't pretend I wasn't sucking in my stomach for these pictures!

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  3. I love the pattern testing I've been seeing! I think the Indie companies are really trying hard to get all sorts of bloggers to try these to and that is so good to see.

    Now if only a) this pattern came in a bigger size than 20 or b) I had the skills to grade it up! It looks fantastic on you, and I could see a lot of these tees being made for dressing up or down. Well done n your first knit project too! I am currently addicted since I discovered that is was actually quite easy!

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  4. I just started doing pattern testing for a couple smaller designers. I think it's fun and challenging. I like that it gives me tangibles goals, which in itself is an excuse to sew. I'm also trying to foster relationships in the online sewing community and the testing helps that. It's also incredible to be sewing th same thing as women spread across the world. That all being said, it can be frustrating when beloved blogs seem to be doing more advertising than sewing.

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    1. Yes! Sometimes I need that deadline to motivate me to finish something and pattern testing challenges me to pay attention to all of the details and think critically. I also love the sense of being a part of the larger sewing community. I guess it's just a matter of finding the balance between sponsored content and your authentic voice- which I think is an issue with almost every kind of blogging.

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  5. I love seeing posts on from pattern testers! Helps me decide whether I want to buy the pattern or not!

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  6. Yours is my favorite from the blog tour. I LOVE that yellow.

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  7. To me, pattern testing is the same as a review. I want as much information as possible on a pattern and how it was to make it. Secondly, it's your blog! Post what makes you happy.

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  8. Love your version! I really like this pattern as it's simple yet there are some very interesting details! Well done!

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  9. I love this top! Definitely going to check out this pattern. I just recently ordered a striped jersey that will be perfect for this.

    I also just recently got into pattern testing. I had three different labels I was testing for. One didn't work out, so I opted out of the tour, but will most likely share my make in the future anyway.

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  10. cute and simple, love the simple button detail on the overlap!

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  11. This is a lovely version of the top. I'm about to sew this pattern, so it's reassuring to hear how easy it was to make and to see how flattering it is on you! Great job! x

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    1. Yes, it really was very easy to make! Please post your version when you finish it :)

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  12. It was great to meet you Saturday too! It's nice to know there are a few of us Central Coast sewists :)
    Also I love this top! This is the first time I've seen it, and I'm really glad I did, so it's great for me that you tested it!

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