There is something about the challenge of sewing tween clothes that I love. Kate has a definite opinion on what she wants to wear. Nothing frilly. Nothing with crazy patterns. Nothing over the top. And while it sounds like it would be boring to sew things that meet those requirements, it's not! It's challenging! How can I make it stand out, yet blend in to the ready to wear clothes that her friends wear? The key is simple fabrics and trendy patterns.
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Kate is athletic. Therefor, she gravitates towards athletic fashions. So, it was only natural to use some poly/spandex athletic fabric I found at Joanns for this tank. I used some black cotton lycra for the trim.
To add some detailing to the shirt and show off those cool princess seams, I did a faux coverstitch look. To do this, I serged my seams wrong sides together and then topstitched the seam down so it would lay flat. I also left the shirt unhemmed, keeping the serged edge exposed. Two very simple steps that give an otherwise plain shirt, some interest.
The Tidal provides good coverage in the front and the back so Kate can stay focused on her game and not worry about a wardrobe malfunction.
Kate's chest measures for a size 10. However, she is tall (62" or a size 14), and as you can see, has slightly broad shoulders. So, I had to do some custom sizing for her to get something that would fit properly. Sometimes, you have to do more than just add some length at the lengthen/shorten line in a pattern, especially when you are going between several sizes, like I did here. I'll be sharing a tutorial on Love Notions blog next week about how to adjust a pattern for a great length fit.
The girl's Tidal also comes in two dress lengths, knee and maxi. You can have sleeves, or two tank styles, a true tank like I made, or a sleeveless top, with wider shoulder seams. That one is perfect for dress codes with the "three finger rule." I finished the arm holes and necklines with bands, but there is a binding option as well. So many choices!!
The pattern features no trim pages, layers (meaning you print only the size you need) and has a huge size range, 2T-16.
So, the trendy patterns part is all taken care of! And, you can take advantage of a great sale right now so you can sew your tween all the cool things! Use code 'fireworks' for 25% off your purchase of $20. Tiered pricing is still in effect so you can get a really great deal. :) Sale runs through Monday the 4th www.lovenotions.com