Monday, April 17, 2017

Growing Up Handmade Tour

Growing Up Handmade Tour

How to Sew for Tweens and Teens

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Sewing for little kids can be pretty simple. Cute fabric, cute pattern, put them together and bam, cute dress on a cute kid. I know not ALL little kids are that easy, but hey, babies are. ;) As kids get older, they start to develop into their own little identity. They start to figure out what they like, and what they don't. And they get opinions on what they like to wear. When they are teens, they usually have developed a fashion sense and don't allow their mom to play dress up with them anymore.

If you are a mom who enjoys making your child's clothes, you may be fearing that a time will come when your child doesn't want handmade clothes anymore.

What if I told you that you don't have to worry about that?

This is Kate.

Kate is 12 and a seventh grader. She is the third born of four children. She is wacky and silly and takes way too much joy in annoying her younger brother. And her old sister for that matter. Kate has had her very own taste in fashion since she was a toddler. She loved twirly dresses in bright colors and lots of crazy patterns. And she loved to accessorize.

(store bought clothes! I really only made Halloween costumes back then)

This bright bold phase lasted until she was about 9. Then, she decided solids were her favorite pattern.

Let's Talk Fabrics

 I sew Kate's clothes in solid colors. Because, that is what she likes. I wouldn't go BUY her clothes she didn't like and wasn't her style, so why would I take the time to sew them? Pick fabrics similar to what your child would pick with store bought clothes. Yes, the cutesy character stuff and rainbows and unicorns and stars and stripes are all FUN. But what good is it if you child doesn't LIKE it? Buy fabrics your kids will WEAR. Now this is the fun lesson. Buy what they will WEAR not what they LIKE. There is a difference!!! Kate LIKES the cute, fun, loud custom fabrics. But, she won't WEAR them. Because they don't look like what her friend's clothes look like. We reserve fun fabrics for pajama pants. Her everyday clothes look very similar to what you will find in the store. But, they fit her better and you can't actually find them in the store. ;)

Kate's favorite colors to wear are black and gray. So, that is what I sew. Is if fun and exciting fabric? No. But, she loves what I make. And THAT is fun and exciting! Nothing beats when the kids come down and see me working on a project and they ask "Is that for me?" And the actually WANT it to be for them. That makes sewing fun for me. It's more about creating something my kids love than using fabrics I love. I can do that when I sew something for me. ;)

What patterns work for tweens and teens?

Now as for patterns for tweens. You may be shocked, but many of the patterns that you used for your daughter when she was younger work beautifully for a tween/teen as long as the sizing goes up high enough! It's ALL about the fabric when sewing for older kids!

Love Notions is a great place to find patterns that transition well for older girls. The patterns usually go up to a size 14 or 16 and the women's patterns start at an xs which is very similar to a girls 16. Tami, the designer for Love Notions has a tween daughter and she definitely keeps her daughter's style in mind when she designs. 

For Kate's viola solo/ensemble competition this year, she wore her Love Notions Girl's Prism Dress (the simple A-line version) with Love Notions Ladies' Canyon Cardigan layered on top. She looked professional and age appropriate yet was very comfortable in her clothes. The Prisma was made from double brushed poly and is so so soft!! 

What makes her basic black Prisma so great is how versitile it is! She can take that same dress and pair it with a store bought flannel for a much more casual hipster look.

Hey June also has a great line of tween/teen patterns. Kate's silly side came out when she had the opportunity to have a tiger shirt made from the Camden Raglan pattern. She let's me sneak some fun stuff in once in a while. 

My 15 year old, Jillian, got a Camden Raglan also. It's one of her favorite shirts. Jillian LOVES handmade shirts. She loves when she wears them and her friends ask where she got it from and she can answer "my basement" or "my mom".

Sew Straight and Gather has a very modern clean style of design that works beautifully for older kids. She has a new line coming out soon you will want to watch for!

For a girl who loves solid black and gray though, she does have a soft place in her heart for lace. She's sporty and active but does have a feminine side. She was the preschooler climbing the tree and playing in the mud in tutus and twirly dresses.

Peek-a-Boo Patterns are another one that has transitioned well for us. Kate is out of their children's sizes now. But she easily wore PAB children's patterns until she was 10/11 years old. Now she can wear the women's xs patterns.

The Peek-a-Boo Sugar and Spice was one of my favorite patterns to make work for a tween. It's so unexpected! But done in a simple khaki linen, with some white detail stitching along the bodice, it turned into a stunning piece very easy for a tween to wear. She wore this all the time! I was very surprised at how much use this shirt got. This is a size 12 on her at 10 years old.

The Rio Tank was another pattern that transitioned well.

Made for Mermaids has a lot of cute stuff that works well for older girls. Same with Patterns for Pirates. Many of their ladies patterns will work well for tween/teens if they have sized out of the girls sizes. But the girls sizes do go up pretty high, usually to a 14/16.

There are SO many other great designers and patterns for tweens and teens. I hope this post helped show you that can continue sewing for your kids as they grow older. My 19 year old son still requests handmade clothes. He actually asked me to sew his tux for prom this year so he could have one that actually fit him properly. Yeah, that's not happening. He's renting. But he did asked and that shows me that even teenage boys can appreciate well fitting handmade custom clothes.

For your chance to win some great patterns for your tweens enter the rafflecopter giveaway!

Thank you to our host Beri Bee Designs for this awesome tour!

To see other great bloggers sharing how they sew for their tweens. Hop on over!

Friday - April 21st Round Up and Giveway Winners

Thank you to the sponsors!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Monaluna Simple Life Tour

Monaluna Simple Life Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on Phat Quarters Fabrics Simple Life Blog Tour. I love that this tour is featuring boy makes! Boys deserve to have gorgeous things created for them and this new fabric from Monaluna is just perfect for the job!

Thomas has waaaay too many clothes in his clothes right now, so I wanted to do something a bit different for him. He adores quilts, so I knew this would get some love.

I used Bear Family and Nature Walk for my main fabrics. My friend Jen over at Patterns by Jen helped me out and designed this beautifully simple quilt for me. She did an amazing job and it show cases these fabrics wonderfully.

I love a good bold binding, and this Herringbone was perfect.

Tours are always more fun with a giveaway! You can enter to win one of three fabulous prizes!

Prize 1: Half Yard bundle of the Simple Life fabric line
Prize 2: $25 gift certificate to Phat Quarters Fabrics
Prize 3: 3 half yards of Simple Life fabric

Go check out Crafty Like a Rox for her great boy look today! Her little guy always looks so sweet.

The other fab bloggers on the tour!

Monday:   Wild and Wanderful
Thursday: Ruby Rue Creations

And don't let this guy fool ya. He declined to go be photographed with his new quilt, but he snatched it right up when I got home. And he sat by me most of the time while it was getting the binding stitched on asking when I would EVER finish. Got to love a kid who loves and appreciates a handmade quilt.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Twig and Tale Upcycle Tour

Today I'm participating in Twig and Tale's Upcycle Tour.

I love a good upcycle and often use adult size clothing found in thift stores or sheets for making clothes for Thomas. So, I was very excited to join in on this tour. Today, For today's Twig and Tale upcycle, I used the Little Red Riding Hood Cape. But instead of a cape, I created a swim cover.

Thomas and I are in love with this! I used 2 full size bath towel for my "fabric".

I placed the front edge of the front pattern piece along the existing hem of the towel. This allowed me to also use the towel detailing along the front of the cloak adding some interest to the front of the cover.

I also used the hem for the front of the hood. The bottom of the cloak was finished by simply serging the raw edge with matching thread. No hemming made this a really fast project!

Thomas is 6 years old and 52" tall, so for an oversized cover, sure to keep him cozy, I used the size 8-teen cloak. He is very happy with the generous sizing this gave him.

Go check out Twig and Tale for all the details and direct links to the tour. 

Blog tour overview page: Rafflecopter:
Tours are always more fun with a giveaway!
Enter to win 4 Twig and Tale patterns!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Boys Can Wear Pink Season 3 Day 5

Three years ago, I had this crazy idea to host a blog tour.

And not just any blog tour, I wanted it to feature boys, boys wearing pink. I was a new blogger and I was afraid nobody would want to join in. Boy was I wrong! That first year was amazing! So many bloggers wanted to join in that we had a blogger a day for the entire month of February! I had no clue what I was getting into!

The second year, a few months before #BoysCanWearPink's anniversary, I started getting asked if I was going to host the tour again. I had already been thinking about it, but the other bloggers' excitement told me that it had to be done! I had learned from the previous year and had another year of blogging under my belt. So I knew to knock the tour down to a week and we had multiple bloggers each day and a list of sponsors to do another giveaway.

This is year three!


 I have to say that I am blown away by the amount of support and love this tour receives. Readers and bloggers telling me how much they love this tour and how they look forward to it just makes my heart melt. Knowing that we are helping people learn to sew for their boys and how to incorporate a rainbow of colors into their wardrobe makes all the work worth it.


Thank you for all your support!

Okay, I'm done being mushy. Who wants to know who won Wednesday's giveaway?

Tasha Gray!!

Congratulations, Tasha!!! You have won:

(bundles excluded)
Pattern of choice from Max & Meena Patterns
Pattern of choice from PUPERITA
Pattern of choice from Striped Swallow Designs
Pattern of choice from Stitch Upon a Time
Pattern of choice from EYMM
Pattern of choice from The Wolf and the Tree
$30 gift certificate from Girl Charlee

Please watch your email, the sponsors will be contacting you shortly!


Today is the final day of the blog tour for Boys Can Wear Pink.

I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have!

Wrapping up our tour we have Melissa from Rebel and Malice. I don't know about your son, but mine would LOVE that flamingo fabric!

 We also have Joelle from EYMM with this trio of cuties!

 Jessica from The Berry Bunch has a son who was so excited to wear his pink shirt!


Melissa from Tales of a Tester used some fun fabric from our sponsor Mabel Madison. Seriously, pink race cars!!!! 

 And Michelle from Falafel and the Bee knocked it out of the park again this year sewing for her husband. I can't love this enough.

 Now, are you ready for our biggest giveaway yet this week?

We have twice the prizes to offer to a SINGLE winner!

 For our winner we have:

(no bundles please)
2 digital designs of choice from Thread and Grain
2 PDF patterns of choice from Sunday Girl Designs
2 Patterns of choice from CKC Boys Patterns
3 PDF pattern pack from Ellie And Mac
Pattern of choice from 5 out of 4 Patterns
Pattern of choice from New Horizons
Pattern of choice from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop
Pattern of choice from Little Moo Designs
Pattern of choice from Laela Jeyne Patterns
$30 gift certificate to AVTR Fabric
$30 gift certificate from Phat Quarters  

A special thank you to all the bloggers on the tour!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Boys Can Wear Pink Season 3 Day 4

Boys Can Wear Pink Day 4

Here we are at day 4 already. Wow! This week always goes by so fast!

Let's start with announcing Tuesday's winner, shall we?

Congratulations, Tove Andersdotter!!!!

Tove has won the following prizes:
Pattern of choice from Titchy Threads
$15 shop credit from Sofilantjes
Pattern of choice from Twig + Tale
Pattern of choice from Pickle Toes Patterns
Pattern of choice from stitchART
Mystery pack of fabric and three yard pre-order credit from Piccadilly
(bundles excluded)
  Thank you to all the sponsors!!
Today we have some more great looks to share!
My son is in LOVE with Roxanne's son's new jacket. You can drool over it on her blog Crafty Like a Rox

The Shaffer Sisters, Scary made the cutest Valentine's outfit for her son!

Suzanne from Winter Wear Designs used the cutest geometric fabric for her son's look!

And we have Create Kids Couture joining us with a super cool boy's look I love!

Danielle from The Kisses Co. is joining us with this amazing shirt for her son. How cool is that?!

Today's giveaway is sponsored by these amazing companies!

The prize package includes:

 (bundles excluded)

Issue of choice from One Thimble
Pattern of choice from Swoodson Says
Pattern of choice from Mummykins and Me
Pattern of choice from Handmaiden’s Cottage
$20 credit for Patterns for Pirates
$20 gift certificate to Mabel Madison