I am excited to show you this week (and next) some great fall pieces for my tween.This post was originally part of Sew cool for the Tween Scene talking about some of sewist’s favorite patterns for tweens. Here is what I said about sewing for older girls….
I know that the series is all about a favorite Tween Sewing Pattern—but I just can’t pick one–so I am going to talk about how I approach sewing for my tween 😉 One of the first things you need to know about me is my love for vintage patterns. I love them dearly. They are how I first learned to sew and some of the most favorite things I have sewn come from vintage patterns.
Now I know what you are thinking….VINTAGE PATTERNS for TWEENS? And today I am here to tell you YES! Vintage patterns can be FANTASTIC for tweens!
Here are some that I have pulled out to sew for this coming fall for Hannie and some of the reasons why.
I know this pattern wouldn’t be the first choice on anyone’s list of “what to sew for a tween” but I do love the classic shirt dress shape. My plan is to sew the whole thing up in a modern floral fabric and not do the collar a separate fabric. I think it will be darling with some striped leggings and perfect for the cooler fall weather.
Are you cringing? Too 70’s pioneer dress for you? Well, take a look at the short version on the left. LOVE! That is the one I am planning on making. And I love the little darts in the bodice to pull it in and together perfectly for a tween.
I LOVE the shape of this darted shift dress. Again, I am thinking a bright modern fabric and wearing it with a cardigan and leggings…or even a denim buttondown under it with tights. I am really excited to make this one 😉
And one last one….
I actually have made this one before—love the shape of that top, but I am wanting to make the pants for this fall. I love the fitted shape of them and will extend the legs to make them more of a “cigarette pant” style. Can’t wait for these! I have a CRAYYYZZEEE black and white print that I think will be really fun and modern for these.
So, take a second look at vintage patterns for tweens, a lot of their classic shapes and fitted styles are fantastic for growing girls who don’t want to look like kiddos but aren’t quite ready for junior sizes.
Thanks so much for having me here today! LOVE this series and can’t wait to bookmark all of the patterns that everyone is suggesting.
Love these! Can’t wait to see the end result. I picked out dresses to make for my 9-year old daughter since she was telling me she only has ONE dress left that she can wear. Sadly, I could use the pioneer dress pattern since my daughter insists her dresses she wears to be ankle length! Ugh.
We found a vintage Simplicity pattern 3525 for my 12y.o.’s 4-H project this summer. Here she is in it and she loves it! LaneSF-2.jpg
I’ve actually been looking at vintage patterns to make fancy dresses for my tween daughter. (But then we went and bought a bunch of dresses at a resale, so I’ll be making the vintage pattern dresses for her -next- year…) I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your post:
Mary Beth says
Tween patterns are usually fairly affordable too. I know I have tons on them that aren’t yet listed for sale! I’d better get those done! Stop by and check them out. Most of my children’s patterns are in My MonkeyandFriends shop on Etsy.
Mary Behrens says
The sizing on some of the “Tween” patterns is usually larger in the waist so can often be tweaked enough to fit junior size girls too. Such great styles. Thanks for posting.
I have this pattern
I did not get a chance to use it with my daughter she went for 4′ 10 inches to 5′ 9 in 3 months.. I just did not get to sewing fast enough.
Teen Size 14
Shirt has slightly dropped shoulder and slightly open neck-line. Two pockets. Tapered slacks are ankle-bone length.