Kathryn Top & Dress Tester Call
TESTING CALL CLOSED
The testing call is now closed. Thank you so much for your support! The Kathryn Top & Dress is now available in the shop.
I have been working hard to create a top that would work with the Angelia Shorts pattern that was tested early, and it’s finally ready for testing! Not only that, I’ve also extended the top to create a dress.
I was going for something feminine without too frou-frou. There’s visual interest but is not too complicated to create. Even though it took many iterations, I am quite happy how it turned out.
Here are the specs of Kathryn Top & Dress:
- Wide, round neckline with six pleats
- Empire-waist seam to visually elongate your legs
- Shaped at natural waist to show your curves
- Extended shoulders covering your upper arms
- Lined upper front
- Options to make a dress or a top
- A-line flare skirt ends at knee
Body & Finished Garment Measurements
Primary fabric Light to medium light-weight knit fabric with 60% to 100% two-way or four-way stretch is ideal. Jersey, interlock and French terry are great choices. If you use fabric with less stretch, you may choose a larger size. Conversely, if you use fabric with more stretch, you may choose a smaller size.
The same fabric is used to line the top front. However, if your knit fabric is on the heavier side, you may choose to line the top front with a lighter-weight knit fabric. Jersey and tricot are great choices.
Facing Fabric A front neckline facing is used to support the pleats. This facing uses woven fabric. Quilting cotton, light-weight twill, muslin and light-weight broad cloth are great choices. Do not use knit fabric.
Interfacing Use light-weight woven or weft insertion fusible interfacing.
7-inch (18-cm) single fold bias tape
- Ball-point or stretch machine needles
- Walking foot for your sewing machine (optional)
- Serger machine (optional)
- Cover stitch machine to finish your hems (optional)
- Twin needles to finish your hems (optional)
- Wooly nylon threads to finish your hems (optional)
I plan to start testing Thursday, June 18th, and would like to receive your modeled photos with the skirt by Thursday, June 25th. But as always, if there’s any important change to the pattern, we’ll extend testing as needed.
The chosen testers will be invited to a private Facebook group where we can discuss the pattern, share pictures and discuss revisions. I will send the invite/link to the email that you provide. So please make sure you enter the correct email in the form below.
In return for your time, effort, professionalism, input and participation, upon completion of the testing, you will receive:
- A final copy of the pattern
- Feature you in a blog post that directs traffic to your blog/site/store/Etsy store
Please sign up below if you are interested. Testing is one of the most crucial steps for producing a quality pattern. I appreciate your applying!
Have you found enough testers? I’d love to help.
Hi Jenny, currently I don’t need more testers, but you are welcome to join my Facebook group. I always announce my testing calls there first. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ItchToStitchDesigns
I’d be happy to be a tester!
I’ve just discovered your patterns and am very excited as you cater for a variety cup sizes instead of the usual B!
I sew every single day and I’d sew at night if I could too!
I make most of mine and my kids’ clothes. As well as plenty for my kids’ dolls.
I love learning new techniques and mastering the ones that work the best for me.
It’s nice to hear that, Magali. I hope you enjoy the patterns. I’d love to release more “pick your cup size” patterns in the future. But even for patterns without that feature, I draft a B cup for the smaller sizes, a D cup for larger sizes, and blend the cup sizes in between. I hope my patterns fit you well.