Call For Testers

Call For Testers

Posted by Helen | May 24, 2016 | Pattern News
Winslow Culottes Sewing Pattern by Helen's Closet

Would you like to pattern test for Helen’s Closet?  I am thrilled to be ready for testers of my first apparel pattern, I need your help making sure it is up to snuff!  Without further ado, I present to you the Winslow Culottes!  

Winslow Culottes Sewing Pattern by Helen's ClosetThe Winslow Culottes are the perfect addition to your spring and summer wardrobe.  They are easy to style, effortlessly chic, and can be made at any length. Instructions for shorts, just above the knee, midi-culottes, and palazzo pants are included, but you can choose any length you want and make them your own!   The Winslow Culottes have a fitted waist and a very loose fit around the hips and legs.  They close at the center back with an invisible zipper and feature inseam pockets and box pleats.   The Winslow Culottes present the illusion of a skirt at first glance, but are noticeably pants when you are on the move. As the owner of several pairs now, I can speak to their versatility & comfort.  I wear them to work as well as biking, shopping, and lounging on the weekends – the possibilities are endless!

UPDATE! Due to overwhelming (and overjoying) response to the call for testers, the application form is now closed.  If you would like to be alerted when the pattern is released, you can sign up for the newsletter below.  Thank you, everyone!

If you are interested in testing the Winslow Culottes, here is what you need to know:

  • The pattern comes in sizes 0-20
  • The pattern is a printable PDF (a4 and copy shop versions will be available)
  • The pattern will be provided to you free-of-charge before testing, and the final version will be provided once the pattern is released to the public.
  • The pattern will be sent out on June 1st, and the deadline for feedback and photos is June 15th (2 weeks).
  • You can make any version of the pattern you like.
  • A Facebook group will be created so you can share your progress on the test and get feedback from other testers!  This is the most fun part.

If you are able to meet the June 15th deadline and would like to test the Winslow Culottes, simply fill out the form below and I will be in touch.  Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a pattern tester for Helen’s Closet!  It means the world to me 🙂

UPDATE! Due to overwhelming (and overjoying) response to the call for testers, the application form is now closed.  If you would like to be alerted when the pattern is released, you can sign up for the newsletter below.  Thank you, everyone!

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Check out some photos of my test versions below

View A – Shorts

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View B – Above The Knee

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View C – Midi-Culottes

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View D – Palazzo Pant

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Blog Comments

Swoon- those midi culottes and the pants version… lovely! And how exciting- your first apparel pattern!!

Thank you, Meg! I am super excited (and a little nervous). This is gonna be fun! Thanks for applying 🙂

Love your drawing with different silhouettes! Great start.

Thank you so much!

Loved the pair you made for your trip to Mexico. All versions would be fun to wear. Congratulations!!!

Thank you, Rhonda!

Just entered! Let’s hope. I said on the survey that I only want to make the shorts version, but I really like the above the knee version as well 😉

Thank you! I am planningdoing a first come first serve system, so consider yourself included! I’m glad you are excited 🙂

These look incredible Helen! Would have loved to apply to pattern test them but got a very hectic June coming up! Best of luck with the pattern – hopefully I’ll get to try it when it’s released 🙂 x

Thank you, Shauni! Im sorry you can’t test, but hopefully you get a chance to make them once they are released!

I have been wanting to make some good culottes for quite a while now — ever since I saw the Megan Nielsen ones. I love the culottes that truly look like a skirt and really dislike the ones that don’t because they are too much like the ones my mom made me wear (and I hated) in the 80s. Yours look so good and I wear a US size 16 in RTW, so hopefully they will actually go up to my size!!!

I applied to be a tester, but there wasn’t a place to put other comments and I want to say that I don’t have much experience making pants, so I’m not sure if that would make be a better or worse candidate. 🙂

Thank you! They are really fun to wear because of the skirt illusion. I know what you mean about the 80’s vibe of some of the designs I’ve seen. The fullness added by the inverted pleats takes care of that, haha. Im glad to have testers of all sewing abilities and sizes, so I’m sure you will be perfect!

Helen! I love the look of this pattern — the pleats plus pockets are amazing! Can’t wait to see more versions and try it out myself.

Thank you! I’m glad you love it 🙂

I can’t wait to make these in every length! I just ordered some fabric, actually. I threw my name in the hat for testing. Lovely design!

Thank you, Meg!

Love these!! I really need to add pants to my wardrobe and these are perfect! What types of fabrics would you suggestion using? Hoping to test for you!

Thank you, Sara! This pattern is best suited to fabrics with quite a bit of drape such as rayon, crepe de chine, silk or tencel. I made the shorts version in cotton to try it out and at the shorter length the crisp-ness (is that a word?) really works. At the longer lengths you definitely want something that hangs well. In my examples above the shorts are cotton, the above the knee version is tencel twill, the midi-culottes are poly crepe de chine and the full length pants are viscose rayon. I also think a linen blend would be lovely, I am planning to test this with the midi-culottes. I’m excited to have you test!

These look so amazing! I bought some ready to wear shorts that look like a skirt and i totally love them, this pattern looks perfect because i totally wanted to add more to my wardrobe. I filled in the form, I’m wondering what types of fabric would work with the pattern? I may need to order some if what i already have isn’t suitable

Thank you, Grace! This pattern is best suited to fabrics with quite a bit of drape such as rayon, crepe de chine, silk or tencel. I made the shorts version in cotton to try it out and at the shorter length the crisp-ness (is that a word?) really works. At the longer lengths you definitely want something that hangs well. In my examples above the shorts are cotton, the above the knee version is tencel twill, the midi-culottes are poly crepe de chine and the full length pants are viscose rayon.

Helen! Love those palazzo pants!

I can’t make the deadline, so I won’t apply to test, but I guarantee that when you release them, I will buy them! Those are exactly what I’m hoping to make for my summer holiday. So excited!

I totally got to the testing application too late, but these look awesome!! I especially love the midi version. I look forward to the release!

Thank you, Heather! Im sorry you missed it too, I wish I could have left it open longer, but I wanted to do first come, first serve to give anyone who wanted to try testing a chance 🙂 I’d be thrilled to see you make them eventually!

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OMG just discovered you through two posts for Indie Pattern Month at The Monthly Stitch and I cannot wait for this pattern to release!!! I’m completely smitten.

Thanks, Abbey!

Can’t wait to the release! Hope the testing is going well

Thanks, Deb! The testers are having a ton of fun with this pattern, I am so looking forward to sharing their makes with you!

Thanks to Meg at Cookin’ and Craftin’ I discovered this pattern. I cannot wait for the release and will order it right away. The midi length could be my new summer uniform.

Thanks Rebecca! Im so glad you are excited, I am rocking the midi-culottes several times a week at this point, they are so comfy!

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[…] For the fabric, I used a 100% polyester box weave blouse weight woven challis from FabricMart. While it is “blouse weight” and a little see-through if you hold it up to the light, the pleats seem to do a good job of hiding what needs to be hidden. I love the drape and how comfortable these culottes are. While I went for the more fluid look, structured fabrics can actually be used for the View A shorts as well. Check out all of Helen’s beautiful versions here. […]

I love this! Especially the palazzo pants. Can’t wait to get my hands on this pattern!

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