I've been ogling 5 out of 4's sporty-style patterns for some time now, and was fortunate enough to be accepting into their most recent pattern testing of the Escapade Bra (Bikini), Tankini, and Dress Pattern
Jessica's testing is pretty intense, but in a good way. You are expected to work, provide your feedback, create your muslin (fake clothing article to ensure proper fit and so you don't cry if the sizing is off on your good fabric), and create several versions of the final product to ensure:
a) everyone understands the pattern
b) any incoherent instructions are clarified and revised as required
c) she can see how the pattern fits on different sized bodies
d) you don't sew up the muslin pattern one or two nights BEFORE the final is due
We look through each version of the written pattern for:
b) confusing pictures
c) steps in the wrong order
And so on.
She puts forth what her expectations are, and in turn, it's polite to ensure you can realistically meet her expectations.
Seriously - her patterns are reminiscent of my old favourite "Lulu" clothing, but SO much better and custom made! I love being part of the "how they made that" part of clothing construction, and being able to say, "Boo Yah!" to the fact that I learnt a few more awesome clothing hacks and skills during this round of testing
I like it, as I enjoy being meticulous, am a stellar proofreader, and love the challenge of whipping up 4-5 pieces of clothing in a short period of time. For seriousness. My drive comes from high workloads - both at work and play. I'm just built that way.
For Version 1, I created a tankini (top?) with Small bust to Medium Waist through Hips based on the sizing chart. I also added a band to the bottom, as I prefer tunic length tops. Being 5'-2", this means a lot of the patterns (generally written for 5\-6" to 5'-8" height) are awesome for me!
|I LOVE the criss cross back!|
|Tardis tank & altered tardis leggings (thank you, China)|
|Had to pose with my Tardis in the parrot room jungle!|
Grab your patterns from 5 out of 4 today! You won't be disappointed!
|Love the shorts AND top - it's perfect!|
|This turned out amazing!|