Monday, September 2, 2013
Why is Sewing for a Tween so Difficult?
Let me apologize in advance for my lack luster post. I've been in bed all weekend with a head cold and a fever...not very much fun on this long holiday weekend.
Edit--I should have said this is Sally...part of the duo behind this blog. Blame it on the brain fog from being sick.
So what was supposed to be a fun tutorial on how to make a boy's button up shirt into a feminine and cute shirt for my 10 year old, is now just a picture and a quick how to.
This project is reminiscent of my first sewing project that was 'me' driven and not something I had to do for 4-H...at least when it comes to clothes. I was in 8th grade and it was inspired by something I saw in some teen fashion magazine. It was simply a white button up shirt, cropped at the waist line and a big (4-5 inches) panel of lace sewn all the way around. The sleeves were cropped to 3/4 length too. Once I found a shirt and some lace in my mom's stash, I sewed myself one and wore all through 8th grade and probably longer.
When I approached my daughter with this idea (just happened to have one of her brother's outgrown white shirts laying in the give-a-way pile), she asked for something other than white lace. I had this orange flowered trim (now that she's more grown up, her favorite colors are green and orange...I think as a way to 'distance' herself from her 5 year old sister whose favorite colors are pink and purple), which she picked out. We are also going to change out the buttons to something more colorful, pick out the collar but leave the collar stand and crop the sleeves to 3/4 length. And she'll have fun, casual, but some what feminine shirt to wear with jeans or a skirt.
I'll post the exact tutorial, when I'm feeling better.
Now I do have some questions to ask you and I would love to hear what you have to say.
Why do you think there is such a disparity in the amount of patterns when it comes to the up to 8 size and the tween sizes?
Is it really because tweens are too opinionated and won't wear home sewn clothes?
Is it because their changing bodies are really too hard to draft for?
I'm curious to see if this mind set changes with the advent of sewing blogs. It seems that most people that have started sewing blogs, started because they are sewing for their young children. Do you think as these kids grow up, they'll still want home sewn clothes?
Thanks for putting up with my lack luster post and let me know what you think!
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