Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fall 2013 Pattern Round-up

Pin It Are you looking for some great fall patterns for 2013 to sew for a tween?  One of our goals here at Sew Cool for the Tween Scene is to search the market for fun, fashionable, and functional patterns.  We know that you don't have time to search high and low for patterns that will fit and be appropriate for your tween.  Every once in a while we will create a roundup like this one.

I have been doing some back to school sewing for my daughter and saw that I had very few patterns that are her size.  She is 9 1/2 and entering the 4th grade this year.  So, I took a little road trip to JoAnn Fabrics and looked to see what they had in her size.  Let me tell you, it was not a lot.  But, in the coming weeks I will share what I found and how they turned out.

In the meantime, I have scoured the internet and these are a few of the most appealing to my tastes (influenced heavily by my daughter).  I have also included some boy patterns but they are even more rare.

Without further delay, here are a few that I have found. (links in the caption)


McCall's M6784 (skirt)
McCall's M6785 (dress and leggings)
McCall's M6786

Boardwalk Skirt
Violette Field's Josephine Blouse/dress
Blouson Jacket 10/2010 #146

Simply Lovely Dress




Legacy Jacket 08/2011 #143



Go To Cape




Burda Long Sleeve Button Top 10/2010 #147AB


Burda Girl's Dyed Pants 02/2013 #149

Cadet Cap
McCall's M6787 (Tunic and leggings)

Burda Cargo Pants 10/2010 #150






Lounge wear
Burda corduroy pant
Burda children's denim shirt
Burda Peacoat

I have already purchased some of these but not all.  If you have bought any, please let us know how they worked out!

And if you have some favorites that come in sizes 8-14, please share in the comments!

~ Major Moma


  1. What a great (and much needed!) concept for a blog! My youngest is 14, so I'm beyond your target audience, but I have a recommendation for you for a pattern source...the Finnish magazine Ottobre offers a wide range of patterns, many of which would be great for tweens. I especially loved their eye for detail for boys clothing, and we seamstresses know that details can be added to patterns that they didn't come with! Have fun!

    1. Thank you so much. And you are absolutely right; Ottobre is a wonderful resource. I plan on highlighting some patterns from them later this fall. And I use Ottobre A LOT for my boy.

  2. I've already got some of these pinned, & even showed some on my fb page. You found a lot that I didn't though! Yay! I was going to write a post about it, but you've dedicated an entire blog to tween sewing! Can I tell you again how happy I am? I got so many emails when this blog went live. Ask my blog friends how much I complain about the gap in the market for tween sizes! ( it's a lot:)

    1. We knew we could not be the feeling this way! Thank you for the support.

  3. I adore the Josephine dress and have never seen it. I thought I had seen all of the patterns too! Thank you.

  4. My big girl loves Jocole's PDF patterns, especially the Crossover Tunic & Dress and Shoreline Tank. http://www.jocole.net/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=8&sort=20a&page=2

    1. Someone else mentioned Jocole's patterns. Thanks for adding to our list.

  5. I snagged a couple of the McCall's patterns at JoAnns this weekend when they were on sale for $1.99. Can't wait to sew them up!!


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