One of the biggest obstacles I've encountered sewing for K was for her to give me honest feedback. She would say she liked something even when she didn't because she was worried about hurting my feelings. Well, when that piece of clothing is never worn, a mom gets the hint. When asked, she'd finally say she didn't like it but couldn't articulate the WHY. After a lot of talks and observing what clothes she gravitates towards, I think I finally have an idea of what she likes and dislikes.
Thanks to Pinterest, it's become a little easier to discern K's style. 2 years ago, I started a "Teen Clothing Inspiration" board for K to pin clothes that she liked on. I could then look through my sewing pattens and see about recreating the clothes she pinned.
Both of these dresses were a result of that:
Ottobre Design 06/07 #36 (finished January 2011)
I try my best not to push my sewing on K. I'm happy to purchase RTW as long as it fits and is in our budget. Most of her dresses, shorts, and sweatpants are sewn by me as it's hard to find a good fit in the store. And I refuse to spend $$ on clothes that I'm going to have to do a ton of alterations on. Might as well start from scratch!
Thank you, Sally and Major Moma for having me. Sew Cool for the Tween Scene is a great resource for those of us sewing for older children. I hope the blog continues to grow!