“How do I become a P4P tester?” It’s a question we’ve heard a million times. We even wrote a blog post all about how to get noticed by the Pirate Crew.
But friends. Listen up. Because next week, we are bringing you a special opportunity that just might fast track you into our tester group. Allow me to announce:
That’s right! We are doing an open call for a FULL BLOWN pattern test for P4P, and you’re invited! Be sure to check the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group on Monday, because we will posting a tester call. And we are taking EVERYONE. It’s going to be a wild ride and I couldn’t be more excited!
Top Tester will be putting you through the ringer. You will be taking on a pattern test, and you’ll be doing all of the steps that we do for any of our normal tests. Which means we will have size assignments, fit pictures and feedback, final photos, tutorial feedback, and promoting of the pattern when it gets released.
#P4PNTT will result in two official winners: a Top Tester and the Runner Up. But first, let’s talk schedule.
Monday, September 18, 2017
I will post a “Tester Call” for the challenge in the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group. You’ll need to sign up with your size and information in the form we will be sharing with you. There area actually two unisex patterns, and we are looking for men, women, boy, and girl models. Everyone is welcome to join!
Measure, measure, measure!! Kids grow fast and weight/size fluctuates weekly. Make sure you have the most up-to-date measurements so you can make the appropriate sized garment. Knowing your actual measurements and not what you’d pick up in a store is SO IMPORTANT for testing. We want to put out a pattern that is drafted for the proper sizes. (Need help measuring? We’ve got a post HERE all about it!)
We aren’t telling what the pattern is until you’re in the group (since we’d like to keep it a surprise) but we didn’t want to leave you scrambling for fabric this week. Here are the fabric requirements, based upon 44″ wide WOVEN fabric.
Print, Sew & Fit Feedback + Tutorial Edits/Feedback
Tuesday, September 19 – Friday, September 22, 2017
All participants will be added to a private Top Tester group on Facebook. (Remember to check your emails on Tuesday for the invites!!)
Print, assemble and cut your pattern. Select your fabric. Sew up your garment.
This portion of the process, we ask that you make your assigned version first, and you make sure to only print the pattern right before you’re about to sew — since we can make several changes to the patterns during the process and we want people sewing the most recent update.
Show us “fit” pictures with feedback. This is a huge step in getting our patterns just right. These do not need to be professional pictures. They can be cell-phone shots or selfies, but we need to see how things are fitting in the size you signed up for! It helps us identify any fit issues throughout the testing process.
We will also be posting the tutorial for the pattern(s) for you to edit. The PDF will be located in the files within the Top Tester group and will have spelling mistakes, typos and maybe some construction errors. Put on your “editing eyes” and catch the problem areas and provide us with revisions.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Take your photos and load them into the Top Tester group. We prefer natural, outdoor photographs but understand completely that the weather doesn’t always cooperate. You will need to provide at least 5 pictures showing fit from all angles. Think front, back, side shots, close up on details, etc. You may style them as you like, but remember the focus of the picture should be the garment and it should make sense for the item you’ve sewn. **You do not need to have a fancy DSLR camera and photo editing software to produce clear, beautiful tester photos.**
All of these tasks must be completed by their respective deadlines in order to be in the running for Patterns for Pirates’ Top Tester title. Most of our testing periods last 4-7 days.
Winners will be announced on Monday, September 25, 2017! Here are the prize packages:
Top Tester- 1st Place
Guaranteed testing spot for next 3 patterns
3 P4P pattern pack of choice
Pattern of Choice from Cole’s Creations and Made for Mermaids
LFRB Fabric Bundle from Sly Fox Fabrics
Guaranteed testing spot for next pattern
3 P4P pattern pack of choice
LFRB Fabric Bundle from Surge Fabric Shop
*Note: while only 2 winners will be selected, depending on your performance and effort, you may be invited to join our testing group!!! Bring your A-Game, P4P Fans!
**Winners will be chosen by the Patterns for Pirates Team**
Are you ready to party?! Make sure to tune into the P4P Facebook Group on Monday, so you can join the tester call!!