Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sewing Stream: Pattern Testing for CINO

I have thought that it would be fun to be a pattern tester for while, but I never knew how people got those gigs! Back in April I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw that Craftiness is Not Optional was looking for pattern testers for her new Lulu Dress and Top pattern. Somehow I saw it shortly after she posted it, rather than days later, and was able to fill out the tester questionnaire in time to qualify! We had about 2 weeks to sew and submit our reviews, which was great! Except that we were moving in 3 weeks. Except I unexpectedly had my appendix out after signing up. I was mostly convinced that I'd need to fore-fit my spot. However, after a few days of laying on the couch, I was able to sit for short amounts of time at the table to cut out and sew my dress for Miss H.

This dress was a very quick and easy sew! The top is designed for knits, which is a fun switch. It would be a good project to learn knit sewing on if you are new to knits. I made a size 4 with cap sleeves and skirt pockets. I used some knit strawberry fabric (Heather Ross's Briar Rose) and some yarn dyed Essex. I was sure it would be too long for her, but she loves it because it makes her "look like Elsa." She is growing fast enough that I doubt the length will be an issue for long anyway. My dress was featured on CINO's Lulu Tester Pics blog. I am looking forward to making more dresses and tops with this pattern!


  1. this is so gorgeous! one of my faves, definitely. and you are amazing to power through to sew it up-wow!

  2. Looks so great on her - love your fabric combo!


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