How to be a good tester10:00 AM
Source: photobucket Does anyone else remember the "13 Testers Every Indie Pattern Designer Needs" post that Becca had on Free...
#1- When in doubt, ask the designer. They are the boss here. It is their job to answer all your questions about everything. So any time you have a question, ask it, even if it seems annoying and like a dumb question. They need to know.
#3- Assemble the pattern pieces carefully. Use any features that are available (like layers). If anything doesn't line up, stop immediately. Notify the designer. It may be your printer's fault or it may be theirs, but they need to know. Do not proceed until you hear back what they want you to do or whether other people are having the same problems. Assembling a pattern when the pieces don't match up means you are assembling an inaccurate pattern. That means your feedback won't match with the pattern pieces as drafted.
#4- Read the instructions from beginning to end. Sure, it may be a t-shirt but you want to be sure you follow any special instructions. Take notes of any areas that are unclear, photos that don't make sense, and any spelling/grammatical errors. Post those notes wherever the designer prefers to get those notes. While not everyone can be a great editor, everyone can stop and mention steps that are unclear. You may not catch that time they used to-vs-too, but you can catch when they skip a step, or the steps are out of logical order.
#5- Using your paper pattern pieces check to see if side seams and shoulder seams match up at the seam allowance line, NOT at the edge of the pattern piece. If all pieces match up, proceed to next step. If not stop and contact the designer. You may be able to proceed with the pattern as is and the pattern can be fixed by the designer. OR you may need to wait for a revision.
#6- If all is going well so far, you will use the fabric suggested by the pattern. If the pattern doesn't have a suggestion, ask the designer. Cut your fabric as described in the pattern. Keep track of how much fabric you used. Check that against the included chart DO NOT use your fancy, $25/yard fabric. This is your muslin step.
#7- Assemble pattern exactly according to the directions. Do not skip steps or do things out of order. If you think there is a better order or method, tell the designer. It is up to them to decide whether to use your suggestions.
#8- Once your muslin is fully assembled, try it on your model. Take quick fit pics of front, back and side seams. Take note of any areas that are too tight, too long, or don't look right.. Post to group. Tag designer, especially if there are problems.
#10- Be sure to fill out any form that the designer may have. Include any and all feedback that has not 100% been addressed yet.
Bonus things to consider:
-Remember you are there to help the designer. They may not take your suggestions. That is their right. There are many ways to do things and none of them are wrong. They may be different than how you learned, but if the garment can be completed as instructed, then it is a difference of choice of techniques.