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Writing a Pattern Review is Easier Than You Think! Here’s How.

Since its inception, in 2001, PatternReview.com has become a resource for sewers all over the world. Over 400,000 members use the site to read and write reviews on patterns they have made or are interested in making, post and answer questions as group topics, participate in sewing contests, hold discussions on everything from sewing machines and equipment and yes, even about people like us, independent pattern designers.

We are writing this blog to express our gratitude to those of you who already use and post reviews of your experiences with patterns, and to encourage you keep it up and to give it a try if you haven’t yet posted a review. When you take the 10 minutes or so to inform others of your experience, you help so many people decide if the same pattern is right for them. In your review, you will cover topics such as, how well the pattern came together, if the instructions were solid and clear, if you made any alterations, if you would make it again, etc. You will also post a few pictures, preferably of you in your garment, but on a dress form works well too, if you are camera shy. Try to take at least 3 images; front, side, and back views. Have them ready to upload before you start your review. How to manage your images is covered in Step 10 of this blog. If you’ve never uploaded images before, please read Step 10 first and get your images all ready to go before writing your review.

If you’re ready, lets get started with the tutorial!

  1. Login into your account
    • If you don’t have an account yet, please create one. It’s easy to sign up and membership is free!
  2. From the menu bar, choose “Reviews”, then select “Write a Review” at the bottom of the option list.
  3. In the next window, you will be asked, “What type of review do you want to write?” Select “Pattern” and then click “Next”.
  4. In the next window, on Step 1, select “Commercial Pattern” if you are planning to review one of ZigZag Designs’ patterns. (We hope you are!)
  5. Then, from the “Choose Pattern Company” drop down box, click the up/down arrows to activate the list, and scroll to find the pattern company you want to review. They are listed in alphabetical order, so scroll almost all the way to the bottom to find ZigZag Designs, and highlight your selection. The pattern field will populate automatically after you select a company.
  6. Once you’ve made your pattern company selection, proceed to Step 2, “Now the Pattern Number or Name”. (Ex: ZigZag Design patterns are named Rosita Jacket, Tammy Top, etc.). Simply type in the pattern name and then select the “Find” button. If you are the first to review a pattern, great! Someone has to start the conversation, and we and the Pattern Review community will be glad you did!
  7. After selecting the “Find” button in the previous step, you will arrive at the “Write a Pattern Review” window. Select the “Write a Review” button.
  8. You will then be taken to the window form where you will write your review. PatternReview.com has made this process really simple for users. You will find a series of check boxes, drop down lists, rating stars, and then the big review box. Be sure to click the “Click here to load a template to help you write a review” button. This template is truly handy if you don’t know how to get started or what to write. Just answer all the questions that you want to and erase the rest if they are not applicable or if you don’t care to respond.
  9. After selecting and checking all the boxes and writing your review, you may preview what you’ve completed, save as “work in progress”, or publish your review to the site. You should play with and explore these options, but for the purpose of this tutorial, let’s move right along to “publish to site”.
  10. After you select “publish to site”, you will be directed to a window where you can load your images.
    • Your images need to be formatted as .gif or .jpg only, and should be 600px wide.
    • You should use your editing tools in your image software to crop in close to the garment, rotate the image to the right side up position, and enhance any color or exposure issues if you think would make the image better. We use iPhoto to crop, enhance and rotate the image.
    • Then, move the image to your desktop by clicking on the image and dragging it to the desktop. By doing this, it will automatically be saved as a .jpg, so that takes care of one of the Pattern Review image requirements. Whew!
    • Once you have all of your images on the desktop (you can load up to 5), open them with the “Preview” application. Select “Tools” from the menu bar, and then “Adjust Size”. Change the width to 600 (don’t worry about the height) and then click “Save”.
  11. With your images ready to go, click the “click here” button on the “image loading window” shown in Step 10.
  12. You will be redirected to a window where you can select up to 5 images to upload. To do this, activate the first “choose file” box by pointing your curser and clicking on the first “no file selected” box.
  13. When you click in each “no file selected” box, you will have the opportunity to choose the image file you want to upload from your desktop’s directory.
    • Each of the 5 images (you can use just one if you like, but more are appreciated) must be selected individually, so repeat this step for each image.
    • Notice the right hand column titled “Main Photo”? Select one of your images to be the main photo for the review.
    • Then, select the “Upload My Photos” button to start the upload process.
  14. That’s it – you have posted a review to PatternReview.com!!!! Whoopie!!! The community will now begin to comment and thank you for your review.

As an independent pattern maker, we need your support to review each garment you make from our patterns. If you make more than one of any pattern, you can add it to the review you just posted at a later date. Please do take the 10 minutes to share your experience with our patterns with the Pattern Review community. We work very hard to produce solid patterns you can trust every time for consistent, accurate, and positive results. If it is anything less, we want to hear from you so that we have the opportunity to solve the problem.

Patterns by ZigZag Designs:

The Tammy Top

The Rosita Jacket

Thank you for your time. We hope this tutorial was helpful and inspiring. We look forward to your reviews!!

Sincerely,

Christine Groom

Owner/Designer

ZigZag Designs

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