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Where do you find trendy clothes for tweens?
Sue Horvath
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Date: 7/31/10 1:22 AM

After lamenting on the lack of stylish, decent, quality clothing for tweens, my daughter and I have been hitting the fabric stores and putting together a fall wardrobe. She's ten, tall and thin (I call her my "stork" - all legs) and a pretty girl if I do say so myself. I am just frustrated and disappointed at what is offered for young ladies in the stores. If it doesn't look like lingerie, or a little kiddie print made larger, or is offensive by logo or length or doesn't have a belly hanging out, you won't find it.

What patterns do you use for your son/daughter and how have you tweaked them to modernize them?

I have a daughter who already leans toward classic and stylish lines and who loves to make her own clothes.

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Date: 7/31/10 2:26 AM

My daughter likes Jalie patterns a lot. I managed to write a review on Jalie 2793. It's a top that I lengthened to a dress.

The modesty neckline panel was too low for our tastes (particularly her dad), so I made that higher. Despite the gripes I had in sewing the front bodice pieces together, this patterns was a hit with my daughter. It fit like a dream! She likes to wear knit dresses more often now that she's older, preferring them over the poufy, woven cotton dresses she wore when she was a little girl.

She definitely thinks Jalie patterns for knit tops are "awesome."

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Date: 7/31/10 8:58 AM

I second the Jalie vote. I, too, have made the 2793 top as a top and as a dress (and made the panel higher, 3 inches as best I recall).

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Date: 7/31/10 9:28 AM

Great that she loves to make her own clothes! Don't be surprised however if that changes in a few years. Many of them go throught the stage where they just have to get what everyone else has.

The stores were terrible when my girls were tweens and they are probably worse now. One problem with finding "tween" clothing is the huge differences in in the sizes of tweens. One 12 year old may still be able to shop in the children's dept while her friend may be bigger than her parents already.

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Date: 7/31/10 9:44 AM

I don't have a tween, but there are some in the school-age kids'* patterns from Burda (*called écolier here on the French page -- there's no English online catalogue at the moment):

Burda patterns for school-age kids

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Date: 7/31/10 4:48 PM

Ottobre usually has a set for boy and girl in the tweens size in each magazine. There's not a lot of choice but what they have is well-drafted and very RTW

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Date: 7/31/10 5:59 PM

Trendy in this area for tweens and teens is tank tops under t shirts. And micro denim skirts or really tight jeans. And a Northface jacket, of course.

If she does like classic lines, I think some pleated skirts would be great to wear over leggings.

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Date: 7/31/10 6:05 PM

My tween loves the Burda Young patterns.

DD at almost 12 is developing fast and we have regular wardrobe clean outs based on what still covers her chest completely.

She is just getting into small woman's sizing.

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Date: 7/31/10 6:14 PM

My 10 yr old is big for her age - already 5' and as tall as me. She has just outgrown all of the kids' patterns she loves so much - Lizzie McGuire, Hannah Montana, Raven patterns are a huge hit with her. But now she's a good 2 inches too big around for them. I found 4 jrs patterns in Simplicity but she is literally in tears that she can't wear more styles now. Are there any good references on grading up a size or two? TIA

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Date: 7/31/10 10:53 PM

Good question. I wish I had better answers for you and 12yoDD. Although not labeled Junior, quite a few of the Project Runway series start at a 4 and the Hillary Duff line generally starts about there too. Designed more for a small waisted woman, I do have to watch the waist if it is more fitted. Many of the current styles are very loose/shapeless, so the right fit through the shoulders is all that really matters.

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