This month we have the pleasure of featuring Deirdre Moenk.
How would you define being a pattern tester? Being a pattern tester means you’re someone the designers rely on to work out the kinks in their patterns before they are ready to sell them to customers.
How long have you been pattern testing and what do you enjoy the most? I’ve been testing for a little more than a year. The best thing about testing is the opportunity to learn so much from the designers and my fellow testers. I also really love making new sewing friends from all over the world.
If you could describe pattern testing in ONE word. What would it be and why? Exciting.
Testing is full of unknowns. Will you get chosen for the test? Will the garment fit right the first time? Will your photos come out as you hope? What new techniques will you learn and master? Who will you network with? All these things excite me. It’s also exciting to have the looming deadline. As a SAHM I sometimes miss having the structure of deadlines and meetings and pattern testing fulfills that for me. Seeing the final garment modeled and being able to share the photos in the sewing community is also a big part of the excitement of testing. I really enjoy the experience especially when I can develop a relationship with the designer and with the other testers.
What’s the most gratifying memory of your pattern testing journey? It is really hard to pick just one. I have had the pleasure of working with quite a few talented designers and testers. I think, in general, seeing the final photos of the garments in any test is very gratifying. Having my photo chosen for a listing is a really great feeling.
Who/what/where inspires you? My daughter inspires me. She is the reason I taught myself
how to sew.
Tell us something people might not know about you. I have a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters degree in neuroscience, but I still don’t know what I want to be when I “grow up”.
If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be? Albus Dumbledore
Thank’s so much for telling us a little about yourself, Deirdre!