I don’t know about you, but spring (along with fall) is a time my kids always get a pretty big growth spurt (like 2-3″ on average), so I try to hold off as much as I can before starting to make the next seasons outfits. Since I have 5 kids, I start out with just the basics and we add onto it through the season.
My girls summer wardrobes basically consist of:
2 Jean shorts
4 cartwheel shorts
1 Bajillion swimsuits
Since my girls hit the “tween” stage, they’ve definitely become more opinionated on what style and fabric designs they want to wear. Aevarie has declared she’s absolutely over dresses and skirts, so her wardrobe will have those omitted and have more t’s and shorts in it.
I know this is the age that a lot of kids stop liking hand-made clothing and I think most of that is style. Not long ago there was a dark hole between kids and adult clothing sizes, and thankfully that hole has shrunk! I’ve been able to find many pattern designers whose patterns go up to 14/16 and the patterns are more in style with what tween’s are wanting to wear now.
My kids love having items that no one else in their school is wearing, so it’s been a big life saver to me!
Here’s some of the patterns and fabrics on my girls lists for this summer:
As you can tell, they still love some fun kid prints, but they also want some solid graphic tee’s (made on the Cricut so they’re exactly what they want). My oldest daughter has started growing boobs (I know! I’m totally embarrassing her talking about it!), and since she’s so tall (5′ 6.5″ – we just measured her) store bought bra’s are not working at all, so hand-made ones are in order! This is something new to my sewing arsenal, but thankfully there are some amazing (and free!) patterns out there to fill this new need.
Things can get pretty hectic and crazy for me, so I have to have some sort of system in place when sewing up my kids wardrobes. This checklist has, so far, been the best system for me. I have all the check points from choosing which patterns I’m going to be making, to printing them, cutting out fabric, and finally sewing the item up all in one place where I can just quickly look at it to help keep me on track. I’m a very visual person, so this helps so much!
You can download it and print it off. It has 12 spots for each sudoku spot that has a pattern. I personally like to put a piece of fabric I’m using for each pattern in the sudoku, but obviously you can put a picture of your pattern there, or write the pattern name in each square instead.
Do you sew for your tween? What must have patterns are they wanting this summer?