Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Celebratory Guest Post: Shannon from Little Kids Grow

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Today we have the amazing Shannon of Little Kids Grow here to help us celebrate, sharing her very own Breeze Top (which I can attest to being a winner).
My favorite tween pattern this summer has definitely been The Breeze Top for Girls, sizes 8-16. I may be a little biased since I designed it, but truthfully, I really do love it! (I have one in my size too.) I'm a super busy mom that just happens to love making clothing for my kids. I don't have a lot of time, so I need something quick that I can whip up that won't end up in my "to do" pile.

Here's my 70s inspired version. This one was in a woven. The peach bodice was made out of linen, and the extra billowy skirt was made from a vintage tablecloth with embroidered flowers. It took less than an hour to sew together which in my book is always awesome.

Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I look forward to another great year!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Designer Interview: Jenn from A Jennuine Life

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Don't forget to check out the give-a-way to celebrate our one year in Blogdom!
Today we have Jenn, from A Jennuine Life and Jennuine Designs here with us to talk about the designing process and to introduce her LOL top...which would be perfect for a tween.

How long have you been designing patterns? I listed my first pattern for sale in 2013 (Camper Hat), but I've been drafting for personal use since somewhere around 2011.

 Where or how did you learn these skills? The drafting part I learned through studying patterns, trial and error, and drafting texts and tutorials. Taking a pattern from a single size to a graded, digitized and illustrated pattern I learned entirely from Lauren Dahl's Pattern Workshop course, Creating PDF Patterns: From Sketch to Sale *affiliate link

  What motivates you? I really love the design process. Taking an idea and setting it to paper and then a finished garment is really fun and amazing to me. It's like the perfect storm of creative and analytical thinking. Now that I have a few patterns under my belt, I have to say it's getting to see how other sewists take my patterns and interpret it to work for their style and aesthetic. There is nothing like the feeling of seeing pictures from testers or customers sharing their garments. I love it!!

  Can you tell us a bit about your design process? Thus far my designs have all been garments I originally drafted for my daughters' personal use. I begin with either measurements or a sloper that I know works for their sizes and go from there. I like clean lines with visual interest - so far I've been a business in the front, party in the back kind'a girl!

  What do you think is most important to consider when designing something for an older child to wear? First and foremost that it's appropriate for them - coverage and fit. But not too old looking, they're still kids even if they're twelve going on twenty!

 What patterns do you have that come in sizes 10 and higher? So far my LOL Swing Top is the only pattern for sizes 10 and 12. I do have plans to offer more patterns in these sizes. Instead of having one standard size range, I've been assessing the pattern and deciding what age range is most appropriate based on the design itself. The LOL Swing Top happened to work beautifully for newborn through size 12, though I don't expect all patterns to be flattering on that wide of a range. The next pattern I'm working on is a coat which will definitely work for older kids and will be unisex to boot! You can see in the gallery of pictures all of my tween testers. Several of these girls have said it's their favorite top to wear, which makes me soo so happy! The LOL Swing Top is available in my shop and I'm offering Sew Cool for the Tween Scene readers 20% off with the code "sewcool" in my Jennuine Design pattern shop.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing Jenn! It's always fun to hear the though process behind these great designs! And thanks for the discount code!

Birthday Givaway

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What birthday party is complete without presents???

Well, we wanted to make sure our celebration of Sew Cool for the Tween Scene's first year was complete, so we are having a giveaway.  The lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Card to Go To Patterns!  We chose Go To Patterns because they offer tween size patterns from several different designers.  This gives you all the chance to pick and choose patterns that are best for your particular tween.

Enter below!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guest Celebratory Post--Sabra from Sew a Straight Line

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Today, to help us celebrate, we have Sabra from Sew A Straight Line, sharing her favorite pattern. She always has something awesome she's sewn up for her boys. I love her style. 
My favorite pattern for tweens is the Paperback Writer pants from Ottobre 6/2010.  The size range doesn't go too far into the Tween Zone, ranging 92cm-140cm, which I estimate to be about 2T-10 in US ready-to-wear sizes.  But it does go larger than many patterns. 
Original Post HERE
 And pants are so easy to lengthen, that I can still get use of the largest size option for my 11 year old by lengthening the legs.  Because it does have such a wide size range, it's also easy to trace out a custom size.  My eight year old has super long legs, but has the waist of a 12 month old (I'm serious).  I love patterns with lots of sizes, so I can get the exact fit by combining the sizes that my kids need where they need them. 
Original Post HERE
 And I just love Ottobre patterns, in general, for all things tween.  Many of their patterns go up to 170 cm, which I think would be around a size 14.  The fit is always awesome, the finishing professional, and the style so good.  I love that these pants don’t look homemade, but they also aren't basic jeans you’d buy at the department store.  They're just cool!  It’s because of patterns like the Paperback Writers, that I totally enjoy sewing for my older son.  I love going into a pattern knowing that I’m going to end up with something we’re both happy with, and I get that with the Paperback Writer pants.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Celebratory Guest Post--Falafel and the Bee

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Next up we have Michelle from Falafel and the Bee stopping in to help us celebrate.
When my now teen was a tween, my go to pattern for her was the Seafarer Top by Sew Much Ado.
It is such a flexible pattern, and knits are always good for the ever-changing body of a tween. There is room to expand and grow in whatever direction they need to, without it looking like a tent. Comfortable while stylish.
This dress was made using that same patten (with some obvious changes)!
Happy Anniversary Sew Cool for the Tween Scene!
Thanks for including me in your celebration.