I had been planning to launch the dress extension to ballet top DELPY on July 1st, when I instead made decision to pause selling my patterns and update the sizing chart, along with my re-branding going on in the background. While I’d luckily not received any negative feedback from people who’d purchased the pattern (which had, of course, been tested before being launched), a couple of my dress extension testers had pointed out a few bits with the fit of the top that I thought could use a closer look - namely the amount of ease in the bust – and this seemed like the best time to make tweaks and updates.
The moments before taking the decision to simply pull the pattern and do a full re-test were so stressful. But once I took the decision I knew immediately it was the right one. I just felt so happy and excited to get started on making the changes. A lot of work went on in a short time behind the scenes to get it ready for testing, but it was also so energizing! A great group of testers responded right away, from all over the world. Having lived in a number of countries and traveled to even more, it was so fun to know I was working with an international group of women.
This group of testers has been so wonderful to work with. They started off with a bang, giving feedback right away on the nitty gritty, asking questions, helping each other out, sharing fit photos, etc. They taught me so much! For some reason, finalizing this pattern seemed to be a never-ending story. But it did end, and now it’s finally here and ready for the world! Guys, this already great pattern is now just wonderful…if I do say so myself.
In the final pattern, I’ve added a tad bit of the ease back (this is just one of those things that is different for everybody, and every BODY) dropped the bust dart a bit and finished with French Seams. This lovely cami is not just as gorgeous on the inside as on the outside!
Without further ado, I present to you, the testers:
Adriana Chua (instagram: @candlelightstitches)
Suzy Roberts (instagram: @SuzyRoberts4)
Ana Inês Barros of Ponto no i
Rita Tavares de Almeida
Crystal Dawson (instagram: @crystaldaws)
They all did such an amazing job, and I am absolutely overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you!
(All photos are property of the the individual testers, respectively.)