Conquering Fear And Finally A Call For Pattern Testers

by admin on March 3, 2014

Serendipity Collection

Friends, today has been a long time coming.  Over three  years ago I decided to take this sewing/design skill serious and turn some of my ideas into sewing patterns.  I bought some slopers, played around a bit and came up with my first design which was this shirt.  I loved it and thought at that time it was ready to go.  It was from that point I began to learn quite a bit about myself :).

Turns out, I wasn’t ready.

Every time I thought about “putting it out there” something in me said no.  No, it needed a little more tweaking.  No, you don’t have enough time. No, you need more pieces to release with it. No, it’s really not good enough, and on and on…

Turns out I am the world’s best inventor of excuses, and really good at listening to that little voice in my head that never has your best interests in mind.  I have my own theory about that little voice, but really it boils down to fear, and whether or not your ready to face it.

I wrote this post on why I thought it was important for mamas to dream big one month after I had made that first pattern.  I read it again this morning for a little pep talk to get this post up today.

I have had the photos edited and ready to go for a week…just waiting for the time I felt ready.

But I know as good as anyone, you’re never ready.  So here it goes…I need some pattern testers :)

Catch me after the jump for all the details!

I was going to put this call up on a different group board, but decided since it was here on TMH where my sewing journey really began, and it has been you that has supported me through the years, I wanted to put it here first.  Friends, I have some patterns I think you’re going to love.  Let me introduce you to:

The Serendipity Collection

I chose Serendipity for the name of this collection, because all the events that led me to this point have been serendipity at its finest.  It won’t be my last collection, but it will always be my favorite I think!


First, the Serendipity Blouse.  Isn’t she cute?  I made some changes from the first design and love how tailored it looks, yet still playful.  The sleeves are 3/4 length with a slight bell shape.

Button Shoulder

Like the original design there is a shoulder button closure for easy on and off.

Trouser Pants

Then there are the Serendipity Trousers and Capris.  I LOVE these pants!  They have a flat front yoke detail, with the perfect amount of gathering in the leg that falls straight from the hip. They are very flattering, and super comfy with an elastic back.

Capri trouser

Here they are in capris.  The cuffs hit below the knee, and have the same details as the trousers. Isn’t it crazy how just a few alterations can completely change the look?


Then there’s the Serendipity Swing Coat.  Fully reversible…

Jacket Sleeve

adorable gathered raglan sleeves,

Jacket Top

and a sweet front yoke detail.  She is so fun to sew up!


And to top it all off a sweet little beret.  Friends, this one about killed me.  Turns out even the slightest adjustment to so many little pieces results in the biggest headaches!  But now that the sizing is all finalized it’s a cinch to sew up. It too is reversible!

As you can see all the pieces go perfectly together, and have been designed that way.  I have always loved buying my kids clothes in sets, and loved the idea of putting out collections that you can sew to compliment each other – a whole ensemble if you will :).

I have so much more I want to share with you…like the name of the new company, and the logo, and so many other exciting things that one comes up with when she waits three years to actually put it out there. 

Seriously, if there is one benefit to waiting (resisting), it’s that I have really thought through the why of all of this, and how I can offer a unique angle to the industry. Just finally getting this up makes me even more excited!

Here comes the best part, I would love for you to be a part of it! I plan on building a “testing family” of sorts.  We’ll have our own secret facebook group where we can share everything to make it fun and easy.  There are a lot of pieces to this collection and I will not have everyone sew every piece for fear of overwhelming you.

Each pattern comes in sizes 2-12 with the exception of the trouser pants that go to a 14. I will need testers for each size – so you can imagine, it’s going to be a big family :).

To apply please send 3-4 photos of your favorite work and photography to –  Include your sewing experience (you don’t have to be a pro!), if you have tested before, the sizes you can test, and if you can supply photos of the child wearing it.

A few things to note:

  • We will be testing over the next two weeks and you would need to be available during this time
  • You can be testing for other designers, but not actually working for them
  • I will need 3-4 photos of the finished piece modeled to be released for use on the web and print

Okay, I guess that about does it.  I look forward to sharing this journey with some of you!

Lastly, I wanted to say thank you for all your support over the years.  It has been your enthusiasm that has helped bring me to this day, and I will forever be grateful. Stay tuned over the next couple weeks.  I will be posting the new site, a video, and new blog too!


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