Earlier this year I was able to participate in a pattern test for the Chalk and Notch Marcel Dress and Tank pattern. It’s been a few months now so I am obviously behind in posting but life happens.
The Chalk and Notch Marcel Dress and Tank pattern is a woven pattern that has three lengths to choose from – a tank, a mini dress, and a midi dress. The pattern is fitted up top and then flares out to be loose and flowy. Each length has more tiers than the last making it flow more. For the purpose of the pattern test I made the tank length. I am 5’1″ but did not adjust the length at all.
How a Pattern Test Works
In case you don’t know how to a pattern test works I’ll give you an outline. It’s pretty straight forward. People are broken up into two or three groups and assigned a “view” or variation of the pattern to sew. The first group sews the pattern as presented by the designer then provides feedback. We are checking for how the garment fits but also looking for typos and clarity in the instructions.
After each group provides feedback to the pattern, the next group sews the garment with the updates. Each time the sewists are looking for any changes or updates needed to the fit and pattern. It is basically like an interactive focus group of sorts.
Just a quick side note – I had participated in a few pattern tests before the Chalk and Notch Marcel Dress and Tank but never with this company. Gabriela was an absolute dream to work with and the whole pattern test team was amazing. It was really great to work with such creative and supportive women.
Chalk and Notch Marcel Pattern Review
Here’s my review of this pattern: it really is great! I would rate this pattern as advanced beginner or possibly intermediate. It does have a lot of gathering depending on which length you choose but don’t let that scare you. It just takes a little patience if you haven’t done much gather before.
For more information about the Chalk and Notch Marcel Dress and Tank pattern click here. If you want to see more of the tester versions you can go here – seriously you need to go see the other testers pictures. If you want to purchase you pattern you can find it here.