Ladies who have rediscovered sewing in order to provide stylish and well-fitting clothes for their children. As our kids are growing up, they are not yet physically ready or mature enough for adult clothes, and thus adult patterns. So we are in search of fun, functional, and fashionable pre-teen patterns to share with you. Our primary goal is to assist in making sewing for tweens a fun experience for the sewer and the model!
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.
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.
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.