Testers wanted

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Important Update

We now have a page dedicated for applying to become a tester. Please click the become a tester button to read more!

Updated 1st Aug 2018

It’s all been a bit quiet here at PatternLab over the past couple of months, but don’t worry things have been ticking away behind the scenes. We’ve been working incredibly hard to make use of all your suggestions.

Anyway… We launched back in Feb 2017 with a selection of products that we wanted you guys to test and then give us your feedback. Guess what, you did…  in fact, hundreds of you gave us feedback!  It was a truly rewarding experience and helped us move into a new stage of development and we couldn’t have done it without you.  Finally, after months of tweaking, experimenting and working through your ideas, we’ve updated our product and added a few new ones.

We actually received an email from Samuel E (you know who you are!). He was actually our first ever customer. He thought we’d given up and sent us a really lovely email spurring us on and offering his support (he’s now part of our testing team). Thank you, Sam, you are wonderful!  It’s always inspiring to hear from people so excited by the lab.

Before we launch all our hard work, we need to do a final round of testing, just to ensure that we are giving you the best possible product, which is why we are now looking for a small set of enthusiastic testers to confirm we’ve got it right.

What does it involve?

If you would like first access to our new products (before anyone else) and help test them, simply email us at testing@patternlab.london. We’ll then send you your testing pack and instructions on how to take part. Fill out the new measurement chart with your up-to-date measurements, add your various pattern preference and send it back to us pronto. We’ll then send you your patterns ready for testing.

All we need from you is some notes on the fit of your basic block and a set of clear images taken from the front, back and side, to show us the fit of your basic block.

When all the testing is over and we’ve relaunched the new improved Lab, we’ll give you free access to all of our blocks and tutorials including new ones for free for three months!

Are you the right fit?

We normally get a lot of people interested in testing which is great! However, we are looking for a specific set of testers, with the right measurements. It’s great getting 50 people to sign up but if they are all a size 14 with a D cup then we’re not actually testing the full range of our new improvements.

Ideally, we are looking for a broad range of women all with unique measurements. So, if you fit into the below size ranges, then please get in touch. Once we have a better idea about how many women and what size ranges we have testers for, we can then put a final call out for the missing sizes.

So what does this actually mean? A woman that’s a UK6 with a C-cup would count as one test in the UK6 group. A woman that’s a UK6 with a B-cup would be another test in the UK6 group. We would need an A, B, C, D and DD in the UK6 group to complete testing within that group.

Test group 1 – UK4 – A, B, C, D, DD cup
Test group 2 – UK6 – A, B, C, D, DD cup
Test group 3 – UK8 – A, B, C, D, DD cup
Test group 4 – UK10 – A, B, C, D, DD cup
Test group 5 – UK12 – A, B, C, D, DD cup

Test group 6 – UK14 – A, B, C, D, DD cup
Test group 7 
– UK16 – A, B, C, D, DD cup
Test group 8
 – UK18 – A, B, C, D, DD cup
Test group 9 – UK20 – A, B, C, D, DD cup
Test group 10 – UK22 – A, B, C, D, DD cup

12 Comments

  1. magda

    The size chart caters only for regular shape it seems. Women often struggle to fit a in a box. I am a slight pear, between 14-16 size in your chart (even though size 12 in shops). I struggle to buy clothes because of the shape. Luckily I am seamstress and alter what I need. I also teach sewing and lot of people come because they have same problem. Would you add to your courses something that would help those women with irregular shapes? That would be very helpful.

    Reply
    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Magda.

      Thanks for your message!
      We do allow our users to draft basic blocks using our size charts, which have a number of standard UK and European sizes. This is for ease and speed when it comes to drafting blocks for use with our pattern cutting tutorials. Is this what you are referring to?

      If so, then you can solve this issue by creating a custom fitting block using your own unique measurements. Simply navigate to the profile page, watch our handy measurement tutorial, take your custom measurements and fill them into a profile. You can then select this profile when drafting your blocks. This does solve a lot of the issues when it comes to drafting different size variations.

      I hope that answers your question… Let me know if I can help further.

      Reply
  2. Jennie

    Hi Ralph
    Are you still looking for testers? I’m a UK 10 and I’m really curious about your software.
    ps. I recently finished your Roxy Dress

    Reply
    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Jennie.

      Thanks for the comment. We are still developing a range of block for final release, and do not need testers right now. We have kept this post open as it is always handy to have more participants once we are ready for the final stage of testing. If you would like to be involved… Please email us at testing@patternlab.london and we’ll put you on our short list.

      Thanks
      Ralph Pink!

      Reply
  3. Claire Mockler

    Is it too late to become a ‘Tester’?.
    I’m an older sewer who was a designer/pattern cutter/grader in the early 1970’s, all with paper and pencil. I would love to learn all the new pattern cutting techniques via using computers.
    My size is, on a good day 20 and on a really bad day a 22 depending upon which shop I’m in.

    Reply
    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Claire. Thanks for posting your comment. We are still in the testing phase and are getting quite close to completing. Therefore we are not looking for any more testers at this time. We will be testing more blocks in the future and would love you as part of the team. I’ll put you on our list for future testing. If you don’t mind that is?

      Reply
  4. Barbara Brown

    I was so excited bumping into your videos and thinking at last my needs might just be met. Hey Oh but no!

    I’m a uk 16 with 34/35 back with double GG bust I’m always having to tweet my garments.. I am a Amature sewer but a keen learner. I am desperate to find a way to get a block drawn to fit my unique shape.

    I see from your blog you are not reaching out to my sizes. Just yet but I would be interested in you giving you ideas how best to achieve building a personal perfect dress block.

    Regards

    Babz Uk

    Reply
  5. B Hamilton

    Sigh — I take it this is not available in the US? Best wishes for your success, and may you expand to the States!
    Brigid

    Reply
    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Brigid.

      Of course, it’s available in the US. We produce digital downloadable patterns, so it’s all done via email. Send us your standard US/ UK size and cup size and we’ll send your testing pack over.

      Reply
  6. Shelia

    Will you be making patterns available to plus size ladies?

    Reply
    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Shelia. Thank you for your comment!

      Essentially the lab drafts blocks using your own bespoke measurements. So, if you can’t find your size in the standard size charts, simply create a profile, take your measurements (using our measurement tutorial video) and use that bespoke profile to draft your blocks.

      I should point out though… At this point, the lab does not cater for larger cup sizes. Which is why We have been working very hard updating the lab to cater for Cup Sizes A – DD. We are at the final stage of testing before launching the new updated bodice and torso blocks. Not only that but we have also added a whole range of other changes that should create more accurately fitting blocks once we relaunch.

      I would recommend joining the testing team, so we can assess your measurements and hopefully create a block that will fit you accurately. At this time we are only testing for cup sizes A-DD, however, there is no reason why I can’t manually draft a block fro you, if you fall outside our testing range. We will eventually have to increase our cup size range once testing is complete, but it would be good to get a head start!

      I hope that helps answer your question 🙂
      Many Thanks!

      Reply

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