I recently did a post on the 9 makes I hope to sew up for myself in 2017. I’m really hopeful that I’ll make the time to do those makes. In reality, I sew for myself because I enjoy it, but other than slightly wide shoulders and longer arms and torso, I don’t need to sew for myself like I need to sew for my daughter. My daughter is a size 4 at the chest, a 3 at the waist, a 6 at the hip and a 10 in her height. Unlike me, she has more narrow shoulders, really they just match her chest measurement. She prefers to wear dresses and skirts and trying to find ready to wear items that are long enough for her, but she’s not swimming in, is impossible. Therefore, I sew for her out of necessity, just as much as I sew for her because I enjoy it. That means 90% of her wardrobe is sewn by me.
The great thing about sewing for a young girl, especially one as adventurous with her style as my daughter, is I’m not very fearful about trying new things for her. I don’t need to use near as much fabric for a garment for her as I need to use for myself, so the financial risk isn’t as extreme. Also, if I’m trying a new technique and it doesn’t turn out perfect, she really doesn’t notice and doesn’t seem to care and the garment is still worn just as frequently as it would have been worn without the mistake. This makes me really enjoy sewing for her, because I love to try new challenges with sewing. Since, I have to sew everything for her, sometimes I’m sewing really boring basics like black leggings or a simple solid tee, but other times I get to be adventurous and take a risk.
So, here are 9 items I’m hoping to sew up for my daughter in 2017. Some of them are specific patterns, while others are something I may need to self-draft if I can’t find anything.
*Click on images below to be linked to their source. I did my best to link up to the source, but sometimes the photos were found on Pinterest without a working link. Sorry!
I really love the fit of this tee. It’s such a great basic, while being something a bit different. Every waterfall raglan I’ve seen sewn up has been so adorable. I’m wondering if my daughter would wear this with leggings by itself. A lot of times she’ll take a top like this, put on some leggings and then put a circle skirt on over the leggings. It’s a lot of fabric (and a lot of laundry). I’m not one to tell my daughter what I think looks good though. I find it important for her to discover her own sense of style without my direction. I’d really love it though if she would wear it by itself with leggings. Maybe if I make it a bit longer?
I’ve been eyeing this top for awhile. The ruffle around the neckline is so sweet and I’ve never tried a Lil Luxe Collection pattern, but have loved every one they’ve come out with. I think it’s time I actually sew one up. I would love to sew this up in a double gauze. I think it would be perfect for our hot humid summers out her in the Northeast. I’ll have to see what colors I can find, but I’m imagining a simple solid, maybe a blush or a lighter denim blue.
High Waisted Wide Leg Pant
I don’t have a pattern for these, but I think I can create something very similar. Like I had mentioned earlier, my daughter loves to wear skirts or dresses. I think something wide legged in a flowy fabric will feel similar to a skirt for her and may be a great option. I like the simple cut of this pair from Reformation with the side zipper. The big risk with this type of pant though is having my daughter grow out of them too quickly. She tends to grow much quicker up than out, so I’m hoping they will last at least one full season.
Fun Bolero like jacket with all the embellishments
I made a fun sequin jacket for my daughter a couple Halloween’s ago and she wore that thing all the time. It’s getting a bit too small on her and she needs a new fantastically fun jacket. I love this image I found on Pinterest. Notice the trim used on the border of the jacket and the embellished shoulders. I just want to have fun with this one and not hold back at all. Embellish, Embellish, Embellish!! It may take some time to add all those embellishments though, so I probably should get started soon.
Mini Briar by Megan Nielsen Patterns with Hack
I’ve sewn up the Mini Briar so many times for my daughter and every single time she LOVES what I make. I’m pretty sure I could create this look I found on Pinterest with the Mini Briar. Just sub a circle pattern piece for the sleeves and add a gathered seam right below the arms. I’ve sewn up the Mini Briar in both a knit and a woven, so I could do either for this look. I would love to use a rayon fabric for this look, maybe even use the much loved Rifle Paper Co. rayon.
Seriously, how could I not want to sew up this amazing pattern! I’m not completely sure my daughter will take to the overall look. I’ve shown her a lot of pictures of these to see how she responds and she says she likes them, so I really want to sew up a pair. I’m just not sure if I want to go with a simple denim pair and embellish them a little or do a fun floral denim like this Art Gallery Painterly Printed Denim. Either way, I desperately want these in my daughters wardrobe and I think they would be a great opportunity to work with denim before I tackle the Ginger Jeans for myself.
More Circle Skirts!
I made a circle skirt out of Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in black for my daughter’s back to school outfit. I never did blog about it, but it’s one of her most warn garments. She lives in that thing. She loves a good skirt, especially one that twirls, so circle skirts are perfect for her. And, they are so easy to make. I’d like to make many more of these for her this year because they’re quick, easy and get a lot of wear. And, they look super cute too. I’d like to sew some in lighter, more flowy fabrics for summer like this amazing Nani IRO double guaze. But, really I’ll probably try to find a cheaper option because my 7 year old probably doesn’t need $20 a yard fabric, but it is sooo gorgeous!!
I bought some navy ponte knit for the Aster Cardigan back in August and I still haven’t sewn it up. The Aster Cardigan is one of those basics I know my daughter will wear again and again and navy goes with everything, so this will definitely be one of those needed basics. I don’t plan on changing it up in any way. I just want to keep the simple shape and create a basic my daughter can wear with anything.
Like I mentioned earlier, I absolutely love every pattern Lil Luxe Collection comes out with. Someday, I would love to create a special occasion dress with this pattern, but first I want to do the more casual maxi version. My daughter has been asking for a maxi dress for quite sometime now and I think it’s about time I sew one up for her. I think this pattern is best suited for a a beautiful floral fabric. So, I’ll be on the search for the perfect rayon come spring.
So there it is, my 2017 wish list for garments to sew for my daughter. We’ll see how many of them I get to. Sometimes, there’s simple basics that need to be sewn up first. If she didn’t grow so fast, it sure would help! I haven’t looked into it for awhile, but a couple years ago she was on track to get up to 6’4″ as an adult. Which is why I really need to start teaching this girl how to sew. Have any of you taught your children how to sew? Any great early projects? I’m thinking a simple gathered elastic waist skirt would be a good first project, but wondering where to go from there.