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Pattern suggestions for teens
difficult teens...okay not "difficult" literally!
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Date: 8/26/13 4:54 PM

My daughter is 15 and has (finally!) asked me to sew for her (well aside from pjs and yoga pants).

The problem?
She does not wear skirts or dresses
She is very modest and doesn't like being exposed at all (e.g., no tank tops, cutouts, etc)
She would never wear anything too flowy/silky
She 5'7" and measures at a 4 or 6 in the Big 4 -- which sometimes start at size 8

Soooo. as I type that out I think, basically I can make her knit tops. She will wear like a button front shirt (in plaids - of course).

I did pick up a new NL pattern that's a raglan tee (baseball style). But any other suggestions for patterns? Do I need to just crank out like 37 Renfrew tees for her?
-- Edited on 8/26/13 4:55 PM --

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Date: 8/26/13 6:27 PM

Get the Jalie patterns and sew up a storm. You can use a small size for the neck and still make it long enough to cover whatever. My granddaughter was into modesty and I made her mucho mucho knit tops since they were cute, took about 1 yard of ITY or Jersey and were complete in a few hours!

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Date: 8/26/13 6:39 PM

Lekala 4245 They call it it a blouse, but it's for stretch fabric, so I'm planning to use rayon/lycra knit.

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Date: 8/26/13 7:23 PM

Kwik sew has lots of wonderful patterns
For her. My daughter was the same way
Have fun sewing for her .

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Date: 8/27/13 7:42 AM

Thanks everyone!

I've bought a few Lekala patterns that I've yet to sew up. I need to try one out.

I got her to go through my top patterns, "IGNORE the fabrics and just look at the shirt itself!" :)

Out of 50, she likes 2 and a possible. Ahhh.

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Date: 8/27/13 9:58 AM

What type of tops does she wear now? What's in her closet? That is a good way to look for patterns. My daughter likes the high low look and I like it too so we are not showing any caboose. Will have to pick up the pattern you mentioned with the raglan sleeves.

I tell you, if I had the energy, I would open a boutique with modest clothes for teens. I hear so many mothers complain. So tired of the hootchie short shorts and revealing tops and the thin fabrics so you have to buy a 2nd top to wear underneath...oh my stars.. can you tell I don't like teen RTW?? And none of it is school appropriate.....rant rant

I do like the Burda Jr. patterns. The waistline on some skirt patterns are lower, the way my girls like to wear.
-- Edited on 8/27/13 10:02 AM --

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Date: 8/27/13 10:51 AM

Would she care for any detailing like a small pocket on one one sleeve, color blocking on one or both sleeves, lace or funky inset on back?

Will try to find a thread from a couple of years ago on varying t's. When I find it I will just bump it.

She'll need to do some layering where you live. A high neck, narrow shoulder tank would be great for layering and, maybe, for sleeping. You could have fun mixing and matching your remnants for switching up fronts and backs. If you present them as 'sleep shirts' with no obligation for wearing them 'out' she might embrace the fun aspect of the tops. If you made the tank tops from a tank dress pattern you could make them a bit longer as winter sets in for nightgowns. Who knows, by next summer you might entice her into a dress or two made from the same pattern.

Just for fun, have her check out Style Arc and see if there is anything she cares for. And recheck on September 1 when the free pattern changes. The Ivy Knit Top has potential.

Some different pattern companies to consider, Indie Pattern Companies.

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Date: 8/27/13 1:10 PM

Another one I like. It looks appropriate for all ages, and it's easy to imagine different looks, based on fabric used: McCalls
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Date: 8/27/13 2:56 PM

Karla I have that pattern!!! But in with my "dresses" and not tops! Oy!! That tee is perfect.

7yr - color blocking - yes, cute details - eh. maybe. Any sheer/lace/etc - NO. :)

But I do like your idea of sewing for her with no pressure...if she likes it, she wears it and if not, we can ALL use more comfortable lounge clothes. Thank YOU for the suggestion!

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Date: 8/27/13 2:59 PM

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What type of tops does she wear now? What's in her closet? That is a good way to look for patterns. My daughter likes the high low look and I like it too so we are not showing any caboose. Will have to pick up the pattern you mentioned with the raglan sleeves.



I tell you, if I had the energy, I would open a boutique with modest clothes for teens. I hear so many mothers complain. So tired of the hootchie short shorts and revealing tops and the thin fabrics so you have to buy a 2nd top to wear underneath...oh my stars.. can you tell I don't like teen RTW?? And none of it is school appropriate.....rant rant



I do like the Burda Jr. patterns. The waistline on some skirt patterns are lower, the way my girls like to wear.
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I think that's where I was struggling...what DOES she wear? Knit tees. Tshirts, and she likes long sleeved, button front shirts. As you see we're in MN and those things are invaluable. Thrown over a tank or worn under a sweater - or by itself. Great possibilities.

Now, about the teen girl RTW - Oh. My. Word.

yesterday I volunteered at sophomore orientation. I saw more leg than I'd ever think possible at a HIGH school. And sadly, very, very sadly, I saw butt cheeks! Yes. Girls with shorts on SO short and SO tight that the curvature of their behind was peeking out underneath. I saw actual belly shirts with belly's exposed. I saw skin tight knit dresses. Every last one of these girls was a 10th grader so 15 with some going on 16.

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My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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