EDIT: APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
Are you a sewing lover who loves sharing brand new patterns? We’d love you to apply to join our team of Pattern Insiders!
What is a Pattern Insider?
We want to bring together a small group of 10 to 20 diverse, inspiring women who love sewing and sharing their finished creations with our community.
Being a Sew Over It Pattern Insider means you’ll be sent patterns before they’re released, and you’ll share your finished garments across Instagram and Facebook on the pattern’s launch day.
We’re looking for Pattern Insiders who represent our community in all ways, including (but not limited to) size, age, ethnicity and sewing ability, and strongly encourage anyone to apply who wants to.
Why apply to become a Pattern Insider?
We want to make being a Pattern Insider fun, enjoyable and worth it for you. We’re not able to offer monetary compensation, but you will receive new patterns before their release, free of charge. We will also be delighted to give you exposure across our social media channels and blog with regular posts.
There is no pressure to post your own blog posts or review your finished garment, but if you do we’ll be very happy to link to you where we can.
Why are we launching Pattern Insiders?
Lots of our customers have told us that they struggle to envisage a pattern on themselves when it’s shown on a model who doesn’t look like them.
We’re not able to hire models to show off every size and shape for each pattern, but we would love to have a full Instagram hashtag which shows the pattern on a range of different people. If you’d like the chance to be one of the first faces our customers see, we’d love you to apply.
How will Pattern Insiders work?
We are planning to communicate with all our Pattern Insiders as a team in a secret Facebook group. This means you’ll all get to know everyone involved, creating we hope a great community spirit. Most communication will happen via this group, but we will also use email as well.
In the Facebook group we’ll post what the next pattern will be, hopefully around two weeks ahead of its scheduled release, along with all of the details.
Applying to become a Pattern Insider
To be considered, you must:
Have a public Instagram profile and be happy to post your finished garment on the pattern’s release day. (Unfortunately we can’t consider private Instagram accounts as we can’t see your photos!)
Have a Facebook account and be happy to share your photos in our Facebook groups
Be able to commit to sewing a garment every two months
Be able to sew to a (minimum) deadline of one week
Be happy to sew from your stash
Be comfortable using PDF patterns, as this is how we will send the files to you
Commit to keeping the new pattern a secret, both publicly and privately, until it is released
Get your application noticed
Our primary aim is to create a diverse group of women of all backgrounds, ages and sizes, and this is what we’ll be thinking about first and foremost when selecting our Pattern Insiders.
But if you want to get your application noticed and give yourself a higher chance of being selected, there are some other things we’ll be taking into consideration.
As Instagram and Facebook are visual platforms, we’ll be looking for evidence of bright, well-shot photos of finished makes, ideally in natural light, which clearly show the garment. Ideally we’re after whole body shots – including head! Tiled photos aren’t ideal as they can be tricky to share. We don’t care how many followers you have – bright, clear photos are much more important to us.
The deadline for Pattern Insider applications is Tuesday 26th March. Click the button below to apply!
EDIT: APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED