1.) I want to encourage sewers (the ones that sew, not the tunnels underground :) ) to keep sewing for their kids even as they get to the tween sizes!
2.) I want to encourage pattern designers to develop patterns for size 8-16 girls (and boys!). There is a market out there and we want to sew for our kids too. Don't let the lumps and bumps scare you. I want my tween to be as unique as she wants to be.
3.) I want to document this year of sewing for my daughter. This year, she and I are fabric shopping, pattern shopping and she is even helping to design some of her own clothes. This one is purely for the two of us, though :)
To try to achieve those three goals, I have embarked upon The Handmade School Year Challenge.
This challenge is that I will make all of her clothes this school year on the days she doesn't have to wear school appointed clothing. In our case, Fridays are spirit wear days and she will wear a school shirt and jeans. There are also other special days throughout the year that the school selects special clothing to wear like Homecoming Week, Holidays and the End of the School Year. Also, if we have school holidays at home, she won't be required to have a new outfit.
Isn't that wasteful? No! She will have the option to keep any item that is made throughout the year. If she does not select that item, it will be donated to a local charity so it can live on! AND even if it isn't donated now, it will likely be donated once she outgrows it.
Why go to this extreme? To get attention for this cause. Every day, I will be bringing focus to new patterns, tutorials and just generally trying to encourage anyone interested in sewing for the size 8-16 age group!
If you have any suggestions or patterns you would like to see - don't hesitate to let me know! I have 180 school days, of which most will have an outfit! I am completely open to suggestions! Let me know who your favorite pattern makers are. Or let me know what you would like to see for your tween. I am designing some on my own and I work with a number of pattern designers doing pattern tests. Let's work together and get to sewing for our tweens!
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