Sewing for a tween – Growing Up Handmade Blog Tour

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I don’t know about you but finding appropriate clothes for a tween can be slightly tricky. My daughter is developing her sense of style, but is at that awkward stage of outgrowing the clothes ranges we usually shop at (she in age 12 clothes). As a mere 10 year old teenager ranges are not suitable for her in style. I find clothes buying and making rather stressful.

So the opportunity to take part in this Growing Up Handmade tour seemed a great idea, focussing me to sew for a tween. The challenge for her and I to find patterns and fabric she likes the look of. Children come in all shapes and sizes, sewing for her means I can adjust patterns to fit her shape – she often finds sleeves a little tight on the arms.

We both fell in love with the pattern by Love Notions called Li’l LDT. The options seem endless, a shirt, tunic and dress with five different sleeves and four different necklines. The size range is impressive too, ranging from age 2 to 16, great value for money. I bought mine from Etsy here.

I have made her two items. We started with knit fabric I had in my stash to create a dress with a fabulous hem line and cowl neck. My daughter LOVES this dress, she has worn all weekend every weekend!!!

sewing for a tween

May be because she lives in black leggings and this black jacket?! They pair so well together.

Secondly she loved the idea of a hoody (personally ??? what? where did that come from??!), I ordered this navy jersey from Minerva Crafts. It has a slight texture to it, adding a touch of detail.

I adjusted the pattern a little, sewing a 12 I shortened the sleeves and made the hood slightly smaller. With the remainder of the fabric I  managed to squeeze an age 3 dress out for my niece.

sewing for a tween

I have loved sewing for a tween – the team effort of fabric choice and pattern resulted in two items she practically lives in. Such a win win – plus of course it’s such a versatile pattern from which I can sew many more items for her. I hope this blog tour will inspire you to sew for a tween.
There is a fabulous giveaway running alongside this blog tour, with some great prizes from various sponsors:
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 Please do visit the other bloggers taking part to find lots of great inspiration.

Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy | Paisley Roots | Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Tuesday – April 18th
Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Sewing By Ti | Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday – April 19th
The Wholesome Mama | Rebel & Malice | Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution | Skirt Fixation | SewSophieLynn | EYMM

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners

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5 Comments

  1. Susan Spiers
    April 19, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    Great pattern-I always let my kids pick out their pattern and fabric-then any change suggestions came from them and I would let them know if it was doable! Thank you, Susan

  2. April 19, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    I’ve found when sewing for tweens, their input is a MUST! Love the garments you sewed for her.

  3. April 22, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Those are great choices. I particularly love that red dress…that shade and style are perfect for summer, but work equally well with her leggings and jacket for cooler weather. Well done!!

  4. April 24, 2017 / 11:19 pm

    The red dress looks fantastic! I think I’ll sew one for myself LOL

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