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There are so many things I sewed before I started blogging about it. Things that I barely remember. Things for other people. But then there are the things that turned out to be huge for me. January’s Throw Back Thursday Sew is the Rebecca Page Madison Blouse.
This is a great pattern with some extra cute options (like a dress, what?!). It is also the first button down I’ve ever worn that wasn’t either gaping at the bust or a tent everywhere. It opened up a new world of options for me! (Plus, sleeves that aren’t too short?! Crazy talk.)
Now, button downs that actually fit are super exciting. I want to make sure that point comes through. Button down. Fits. Wow!! But, that’s not why this sew was huge for me. This Madison blouse was the very first test I did for Rebecca Page Sewing (back when the business was called Mummykins and Me).
I adored the test. Rebecca was active in the group and fun to work with. Everyone was kind, fun, and had beautiful fabrics for me to drool over. My feedback was well received. Plus, I was offered a bonus pattern to wear with my Madison in photos. WHAT?! Hell yeah!! I jumped on the Amsterdam Coat, stayed up for 24 hours straight to sew it, and it was worth every minute!!
After the test concluded, Rebecca used some of my photos for teasers and I felt amazing! My red wasn’t quite right color-wise for cover photos or anything, but, clearly I had done well enough to entice people before the pattern released. (All the feels here. It was a validating moment for me and still fills me with a warm glow when I think about it.)
From here I got added to the regular tester pool! I could have first dibs on future tests and hang out with some pretty awesome people. AHHHHHH!!! So exciting but I’m still not to the huge part yet.
All of this lead to Rebecca actually knowing who I am. Showing her that I have some sewing skills. Some time management skills. Some sort of personality that isn’t obnoxious. This all came in handy when she was looking for a pattern assistant just a few months later. I saw the post and thought, well, no harm in applying. There’s no way she’ll choose me. (This isn’t a down on me kind of thing. There are just some supremely amazing seamstresses in the PDF world.)
How blown away was I when I get a response really quick?! Well, I almost cried and I called Virginia, freaking out. I think I reread that email at least a dozen times over the next day or so, just basking in it. I could not be happier about the nonchalant, it doesn’t hurt to apply, decision that day.
May of 2017, I started working, just a few hours a week, for a company and a woman that bring so much joy to my life. And it still amazes me. I have learned so much about pattern development and have had such amazing opportunities to be creative. It has been world changing for me and I could not be happier with my side hustle. Now I work as many hours a week as I can fit in, and even when the work is stressful (hello Patsy), or frustrating, it is still fulfilling and exciting. I look forward to every new idea, new pattern, new ambassador. Everything.
Who knew one pattern test could turn into such a huge part of my life?
Put a little faith in you today.