A few months ago I stumbled upon a blog post. The writer of the blog post was singing the praises of Lauren Dahl's Pattern Workshop. The course "Creating PDF Patterns: From Sketch to Sale" called out to the designer in me.
"What if I could start a pattern line? Could I really do it?"
It wasn't the first time that the idea and I had crossed paths. I had just never been handed the tools with which to make it happen.... and there they were right in front of me!
Not wanting to make a decision lightly and based solely on emotion, I looked into the course. I read some reviews and made the decision to just jump in and do it. From there there was no looking back.
I am so very glad that I did it! The course is fantastic! The people that I have met through it as well as Lauren herself have been wonderful and very helpful.
As any new adventure, it hasn't been with out its ups and downs. My first pattern was drafted 3 times before (hopefully) all the errors were eliminated. I have learned SO much about using vector drawing programs to draw and grade the patterns, about PDF patterns and how they are assembled, about using layout editing software, about the testing process, about how to market the finished pattern, and so much more that I can't even begin to tell you about.
The Facebook group that Lauren has set up for students of the course is truly wonderful. It is a community of people all learning together. We help each other when someone is stuck on something, we laugh together, we lift each other up when we are feeling unsure of ourselves, we rejoice in each other's successes and we support each other in making our designing dreams come true.
I really cannot say enough good things about Pattern Workshop! For me, it has all led up to this moment... my first pattern and my first call for testers! I am both excited and scared out of my wits!
The information to sign up to test is included below as well as in the "Be a Tester" tab at the top of the page. I would be honored if you would consider giving the pattern a test run and give me honest and helpful feedback so that together we can make this a great pattern.
If you would be interested in testing, please fill out the form by clicking the link below. I will contact you if you are chosen to become a tester.
I would classify this as a beginner's pattern. You will need to know how to sew curves and add buttonholes, but really, that is as complicated as this pattern gets. All of the seams end up enclosed, so there is no need to worry about needing a serger or knowing how to finish seams.
Sizes range from 3m-girls size 10. See the size chart below for measurements. The most important measurements for this dress are the chest measurement and the height measurement.
Thank you in advance to those of you who sign up!