Friday, August 23, 2013

Hello and Welcome!!!

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Welcome to the inaugural post of Sew Cool for the Tween Scene!

We are two ladies who rediscovered sewing in order to provide stylish and well-fitting clothes for our girls.  But our girls no longer so little.  They are growing up into young ladies.  Yet, they are not physically ready or mature enough for adult clothes, and thus adult patterns.  But there is a missing link in the pattern industry; both in the big name patterns and Indie patterns that we love.  Even when there are sizes that fit our girls, they are not designed with a pre-teen in mind.  We know we are not the only ones who are in this dilemma.  Thus, we have decided to start this blog together.

You can find us blogging separately at Without Directions and Daisy Chain Creations, but here we are going to act as curators for pre-teen patterns and pre-teen sewing ideas.  We will go in search of them, sew them, and write reviews.  Also, we will highlight different tutorials that will help you alter and embellish patterns so that they fit the tween lifestyle.  To find out more about our mission and motivation, check out our Why we are here page.

Our pattern reviews will tell you the good the bad, and the ugly about each pattern we try out on our children.  We will let you know where you can find the pattern and how easy, or not so easy, they are to sew.  We even have created our own rating system.  Each pattern will be rated on the bolt system.  One being the lowest and five being the highest rating.

Ultimately, we want this blog to be a place where we can share ideas and resources to sew cool for the tween scene for both parents and young sewers.  We are hoping the blog also encourages those that are designing for the younger set, to add tween patterns to their lines.  And by tween patterns we just don’t mean bigger sizes but really design clothes that girls and boys that are not so little anymore can play and feel confident in.

Finally, to celebrate the opening of Sew Cool for the Tween Scene, we are having two weeks of Kick-off posts starting Monday, August 26th.  We will have guest posts from Justine of Sew Country Chick, Michelle of Falafel and the Bee, Shannon of Little Kids Grow, Catherine of cathgrace, Gina from Party of 8  Jessica from My Inner Need to Create, Rachel from Nest Full of Eggs and Stacy of The Land of K.A.

We hope you join us in our celebration and are assisted by our reviews and tutorials!


Sally and Major Moma


  1. So awesome! I can't wait to see what a great resource this blog grows to be!!

  2. Great idea! My kids are still far from being teen but I will keep an eye on your new blog...

  3. I have an 8 year old, size 10 and I'm so glad you started this blog! I'm new to the world of tween fashion, but apparently as long as I don't like something too much, then it's fine with her. Some specific things I've been looking for in patterns are knit tops with the built in cami bra, and skirts with built in shorts (that don't look babyish.)

    Anyways, I look forward to getting to know you both, as I will be here for every post!

    Amy @ SewsNBows

    1. Thanks for stopping by! We will remember those things as we hunt for patterns. I'll let you know what we come up with.

    2. I can't even think how many times I have asked other blogs about tween clothes. It is like all kids then skips to adult. And tweens love love to have clothes made for them. At least the ones I know do. I live states away from the ones I sew for and they have asked me to move closer to them so we can see each other and teach them to sew.
      Thanks for this blog and good luck.

  4. *LOVE* this venture! I have a 9 & 12 year old girls and a 15 year old boy. Both the girls are changing so quickly it's hard to keep up, while my boy is tall and very skinny--so even small men's shirts have to be taken in. I can't wait to see what you bring to the table.


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