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Date: 5/29/10 9:30 AM

I have a 12-year-old daughter and I'm having a devil of a time finding anything to sew for her, especially dresses. I can't find any patterns for fashions now that seem right for her. She's tall (5'5"), but still has a lot of "young miss" body proportions, making even a smaller size in misses not really appropriate. And speaking of appropriate, I think the majority of dress patterns I see aren't, at least for a 12-year-old who does not like to show her chest, shoulders and back. But neither does she want to wear the bag dresses that we see so much of in the catalogs fitted at the shoulder yoke, and nowhere else. Either that, you can sew a flower girl dress. Nothing has any style! The Big Four companies are doing almost nothing in the way of junior miss fashions and sizing. A search of Burda showed the same thing. (Shopping for RTW is equally frustrating, BTW. Jeans and T-shirts, that's about all we ever come away with.) When I was a girl, the pattern companies did publish junior and junior miss fashions. No more, I guess. I mean, I guess I can see why no one has really gotten into this niche market a lot of risk and frustration would be involved in trying to meet the needs of this customer and her parents. But I say, Try me!

Okay, so who has found modest-but-not-churchy dresses to sew for tweens and young teens and where??
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Date: 5/29/10 10:18 AM

I find many vintage junior miss patterns. Is that an avenue that you could go down??
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Date: 5/29/10 10:26 AM

What about Burda? They seem to have patterns geared toward the Junior that is hip, fun and fashionable. With a couple of lengthening adjustments you might get something spot on in size and style.

Have a look here...
Burda for Children
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Date: 5/29/10 10:52 AM

In the FFRP (fit for real people) book they take a standard misses pattern and make alterations for a taller, very slim teen. It might be helpful to see the steps.

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Date: 5/29/10 11:20 AM

If you size down a misses size (or even a large girls size), you might find Nicegirl's blog useful, specifically, this page on the SBA.

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Date: 5/29/10 11:50 AM

Also, have you tried Jalie? With the 2Toddler through adult sizing, you may be able to develop your own patterns for DD. They don't do dresses but the knit tops, pants and sportswear might work for you.

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Date: 5/29/10 12:26 PM

Burda Young Fashion

My dd is almost 12 and although she is getting a figure (34B cup), she loves the Burda Young fashion patterns.

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Date: 5/29/10 6:10 PM

Hi everyone and thank you for your responses,

I love vintage and have many patterns for myself. It's worth considering! I suppose sizing is something I can take care of but I was sorta hoping not to have to.But I will consult FFRP, that's a great suggestion. I have not such a swell relationship to Burda . . . so many of their styles were just bizarre to me when we first started being able to get their patterns in the 80s, and I turned my back on them for quite a while. I'm still having trouble finding a fashion sense that MAKES sense for a tween. Maybe that's the real problem?

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Date: 5/29/10 8:34 PM

Yes, it's a hard age. My 12DD has just the start of breasts, but her waist and hips are still shapeless. Women's sizes are wrong, her waist is too big for a RTW 4, but her chest too flat. And the RTW juniors is too tween slut for my tastes or just a slightly longer tunic.

Wish I had useful advice, but I feel your pain!

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Date: 5/30/10 12:01 PM

Quote: Amy-may
And the RTW juniors is too tween slut for my tastes or just a slightly longer tunic.



Wish I had useful advice, but I feel your pain!

I know, right? Most mothers, and even plenty of girls, don't want clothes that say, "Come 'n git it."

After talking about it a little, we've at least decided upon a look that's slightly retro, modest, and a little skatepunk. I'm thinking a shirtwaist with not a lot of flare in the skirt, and also a peasant-type dress that doesn't leave the back and chest too bare.

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