Pattern Review · Sewing

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Sorrel Dress Pattern Review

I whipped up this Sorrel dress a few weeks ago as my final tester version for Jen of Jennifer Lauren Handmade. She opened a Kickstarter on November 1st to fund the process of getting the Sorrel dress available as a printed pattern (rather than just a PDF like the rest of her patterns) and her initial goal was fully funded within 24 hours!! Wow! She has since added a stretch goal of getting another of her patterns printed too.

Pattern Testing

How to Be a Pattern Tester: It’s So Much More Than Just Getting Free Patterns

I love pattern testing. It is one of the most enjoyable experiences I have found since starting my blog way back when. At first I would read about other crafters doing pattern testing, but then I started itching to try it out for myself! It took me a while to figure out how to get into pattern testing pools, but once I did it seemed like I kept finding more and more!

In my experience, this is how pattern tests usually work out:

Pattern Review · Sewing

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Pippi Pinafore Dress Pattern Review

The Pippi Pinafore Dress by Jennifer Lauren Handmade is a sweet overall dress with pockets, side button closure, buckles, and a slightly flared skirt.

Overall/Pinafore style garments are some of my favorite. When I was younger I had a pair of bib shorts that I wore non-stop. It is a scheme of mine to figure out how to make a similar pair for myself now. But until that's sorted, I would have no problem making a dozen or so Pippi dresses to satisfy my pinafore dress addiction.