Interview With a Tester- Newbie EditionFor the newer tester, I interviewed Sarah Beasley. She's a newer tester with Bella Sunshine and we thought she would give a great fresh perspective on what it's like!
Here's our conversation:How long have you been testing for Bella Sunshine?
Tess Tulip shorts were the first, so I think last summer.
What made you decide to apply to be a tester?
I had done a couple with other designers, but never shorts! This was the first pattern test for bottoms for me. I have a little girl who has bad eczema and polyester gives her hives. This was a way for me to see if I could make her some cute bottoms and control the material she was exposed to.
That's so sweet! What is your favorite thing about Bella Sunshine patterns?
I love how the tutorials are not overly complicated and give a beautiful finish. Simple ways to enclose seams for a finished look on the inside as well. Plus I love the community. I am a very visual person and if I don't understand a step then there are usually 5 people ready to jump in and help.
What is your favorite part of the testing process?Learning new techniques! With every BSD sew I have learned something new to me and I am able to take it and apply it to other projects which is awesome. I also love the picture taking though all I have is my cell phone.
Which pattern has been your favorite to test? And why?Tough choice. I think Rebel Girl Party dress. I love the back cutout and the pleats! It is the one design I have made multiples of and my kiddo loves the twirl factor she gets out of it and I love another option besides gathering. I made a rainbow one and it is her favorite dress to date!
That's awesome! I love rainbows. So what types of patterns do you hope to test in the future?
You have some really GREAT ideas! Ok, last question! What advice do you have for other tester hopefuls?
To keep on trying and ask questions! Even if you don't understand a step chances are someone else doesn't either or a different way to write it for a total beginner! Be willing to try something a little outside your comfort zone and the results over time will be amazing! I love pattern testing as I make myself learn something new or try something new! So sometimes even if my end result isn't perfect, I am still proud of myself.