How Does pattern testing work?

Pattern testing is a collaborative effort between designers and a group of individuals known as pattern testers. When a designer creates a new pattern for a garment or accessory, they enlist the help of pattern testers to ensure the accuracy, fit, and functionality of the design. Pattern testers receive the pattern and detailed instructions, and they follow them to create a prototype of the item. Throughout the testing phase, pattern testers provide valuable feedback to the designer, highlighting any issues, suggesting improvements, and assessing the overall user experience. This feedback helps the designer refine and perfect the pattern before its official release, ensuring that the final product meets the highest quality standards. Pattern testing not only ensures the success of the designer’s creation but also fosters a sense of community and collaboration within the creative industry.


Pattern testing is voluntary, although kindly note that printing, materials (fabric/ yarn) and notions are at the expense of the tester, but testing with inexpensive fabrics/yarns is very welcome too. In return for the feedback provided, you will receive both the finalised pattern and another pattern of choice (in a single format of choice) from the Sewillow collection free of charge. 

CURRENTLY BEING TESTED & coming soon to the shop

The Whispering Clouds Sweater – Knitting Pattern

Release date : Mid-December


A knitting pattern to make an ethereal top down cosy sweater.
The cloud designs are revealed across the body, shoulders, and sleeves using stranded knitting techniques with three strands of yarns. The two thinner strands of yarns adds a gradient colour effect and a soft brushed texture to recreate the dreamy sky backdrop behind the clouds, and the slit at the waist rib edge allows for an effortless ‘French Tuck’ technique when wearing. Designed in loving memory of my faithful companion, Chunk, who loved gazing at the skies on warm days. May this comforting sweater act as a gentle reminder of the comforting presence of those we’ve lost.