Scroop Patterns

Scroop Patterns + Virgil’s Fine Goods Call for Testers

UPDATE: Applications are now closed.

Amber and I have a fabulous new 18th century pattern almost finished, so we need testers to help us make it as fabulous as possible! 

We’ve already asked a number of testers with specialised skills, so we’re only looking for a few extra testers. If you’d like to be one of them, keep reading to learn more, and how to apply…

The Pattern:

A fashionable jacket suitable for 1775-1795, with two skirt options, two sleeve options, and two front options, all of which can be mixed and matched!


This is an advanced pattern, and we’re looking for testers with prior historical sewing experience. 

Testers MUST have the correct undergarments already. As part of the application you’ll need to have a photo of yourself in 1775-1795 suitable stays that you can send us a link to.

To be a tester you will need to:

  • Be able to print patterns in A4, A0, US Letter or US full sized Copyshop paper sizes
  • Have the time to sew up the item. You’ll have one week to sew a toile and check the initial fit, and a further three weeks to make a finished jacket, photograph it, and provide feedback (for reference, Leimomi was able to sew View A by hand in 16 hours)
  • Be able to photograph your make being worn, and be willing for us to share your photos on this blog and instagram.
  • Provide clear feedback
  • Agree to a confidentially agreement regarding the pattern

We would hugely appreciate it if testers would share their finished make once the pattern launches, but this is not mandatory.  We’re asking for TESTERS, not marketers.  

As always we’re looking for a range of testers. We need a spread of geographical location, body type, sewing experience, and personal style.

The Timeline:


If you’re selected to test we’ll let you know and send you the materials requirements, line drawings, and the full pattern description by 12 noon NZ time on Friday the 16th of October.  This is Thur the 15th for most of the rest of the world.


We will send out a digital copy of the pattern to testers before 10pm NZ time on Monday the 26th of October.

Testing & Reviewing:

As this is a pretty time intensive pattern, testing will go for a month. We will ask for a toile check in one week in.

Testers will have until 10pm NZ time on Mon the 2nd of November to do an initial toile of the jacket and respond to the initial set of testing questions.

We’ll need testers to be finished with their jacket and provide photos and feedback by 10pm on Mon the 23rd of November

What you get:

Pattern testers will get a digital copy of the final pattern, lots of thanks, and features on my blog and our IGs.

Hope to hear from you!


  1. Hello! I’d love to test this pattern. I’m a professional costume designer and have a lot of time on my
    Hands due to the pandemic shutting down live theatre.

    Thanks for your time and love your work!

  2. Paula Echavarria says

    I would love to be a tester! And promise to deliver on time. I’m always nervous if I’m good enough to be your tester but it’s ok if you say no:)

  3. Elise says

    This is marvelous! What a match made in heaven the pair of you! Like Penny, I look forward to seeing everyone’s pictures.

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