Scroop Patterns

Call for Pattern Testers for a 1910s skirt pattern!

It’s that time again!  Scroop Patterns has a lovely new 1910s skirt pattern ready to test.  So, that means I need testers to help make sure it’s absolutely perfect.

1915-18 Skirt Testers Wanted Skirt Pattern

If you’d like to help test the skirt, keep reading to learn more, and how to apply…

The Pattern:

A playful gathered skirt based on an original ca. 1916 garment. It features the Edwardian version of a ‘paper bag’ waist: a very high waist held in place with a boned internal waistband, with cord gathering and a small standing frill.

1915-18 Skirt Testers Wanted Skirt Pattern

The pattern goes from a 24”/61cm waist to a 50”/127cm waist.

The gathered shape means that the hip measurements are free: the finished garment measures more than 20”/50cm wider in the hips than in the waist.

1915-18 Skirt Testers Wanted Skirt Pattern


This is an easy-intermediate pattern.  Prior historical sewing experience is not required, but testers should be comfortable with both machine and hand sewing.

The pattern features historically accurate construction details.  It’s been designed as a historical pattern, but could also work for historybounding.

I’m primarily looking for testers who want to wear this as a historical garment, and have the correct undergarments to wear it with.  As part of the application you’ll need to indicate if you plan to test this as a historical garment, or for historybounding.  If it’s the first you’ll need have a photo of yourself in a 1915-18 suitable corset (such as the Rilla Corset) that you can send a link for.

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 two week to make a finished skirt, photograph it, and provide feedback (for reference, I can make either view in under 6 hours from cut to finish)
  • 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

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

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

Social Media

Having a social media presence helps your chances of being chosen as a tester, but isn’t necessarily a requirement.  I’m significantly more likely to choose testers who have an online social media presence, as that means I can really see and analyse their sewing, and how they think about sewing, when I’m choosing testers. I do occasionally choose testers who don’t have social media, especially if they fill a less common demographic.

The Timeline:


If you’re selected to test I’ll let you know and send you the materials requirements, line drawings, and the full pattern description by  6pm NZ time on Sunday the 16th of May.   This is Sat the 15th for most of the rest of the world.


I will send out a digital copy of the pattern to testers before  10pm NZ time on Monday the 24th of May.

Testing & Reviewing:

This should be a fairly quick, easy sew.  Testing will go for two weeks.

Testers will have until  10pm NZ time on Monday the 7th of June  to finish their skirt and provide photos and feedback.

What you get:

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

To Apply:

Fill out the Application Form!

Hope to hear from you!


  1. Elise says

    Congratulations on a new pattern-to-be! And it looks immenently wearable. Will it have both historical (with corset) and modern (meant to be worn without corset) options?

  2. Lylassandra says

    Oooh, I never offer to test patterns because 1) I doubt my sewing skills are impressive enough and 2) I *know* my time management skills aren’t, but I look forward to seeing them! It looks absolutely scrumptious. The pointy pockets are fab. Not my era, but the understructure you mention sounds so fascinating, I might make it up just to try the construction out. It looks like fun!

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