I made my daughter this quick tee using a women’s pattern. It’s easy to modify a womens t-shirt pattern for tween girls, if you know what fit issues might arise.
Modify A Womens T-shirt Pattern For Tween Girls
My baby is starting to fit into junior clothing, but there are still a lot of fit problems. I watch the neckline because it’s sometimes too low or wide. Shoulders can too broad. There is usually too much length in sleeves and pant legs. Bust is an obvious area to consider, but its much less of a problem in t-shirts and knitwear. In these areas, younger girls haven’t “caught up” yet growth wise, even if her measurements are on the size chart.
I started with the Laundry Day Tee from Love Notions* using the women’s size small. You can adjust any basic tee pattern. If you prefer not to mess with adjustments, check out the Lil LDT* for girls. (Affiliate links)
Crappy drawing I made with a touchscreen app^
To make the adjustments, I held a well fitting t-shirt up to my traced LDT pattern. I narrowed and raised the neckline, and narrowed the outer shoulders about a half inch. I shortened the front a bit too, I can’t remember how much. Use your t-shirt as a guide, and don’t forget to account for seam allowances.
Narrowing the shoulders means the armcye gets bigger. I needed to take a quarter inch of the front and back side seams to account for that, although adjusting the sleeve would be the proper method. Use a pattern that fits the bust measurement for the least amount of armcye/sleeve fitting work. It getting easier as girls gets closer to “true” women’s sizing.
I used elastic lace to finish the sleeve, neckline, and hem; and after I dyed it with Rit DyeMore. I’m pretty much obsessed with dying my trims. I bought white elastic in bulk a while back and I have all the Rit colors to mix and match. Below you can see how easy it is to control the color saturation. The lighter elastic was dipped for about 30 seconds, and the brighter elastic got 2-3 minutes.
The fabric came from JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby remnant section. I can’t remember, again! I didn’t feel like hemming it because the white “stripes” sort of flip around and I didn’t feel fussy the day I made this shirt. I really like the elastic trim finish!
That’s about all for this post- I’m super busy cleaning tornado debris but I’ll be back Monday with my Sew Fashionable series; and I can’t wait to show you my Kimono!
Once or twice a year, I lose my sew-jo. It usually lasts a week or two, and its nerve wracking. I have some tricks that have worked in the past, like organizing my sewing room or focusing on a remodeling project. Sometimes taking a week off to study sewing makes me want to sew. I’ve also got into a good book series, or spent way too much time on Pinterest in search of my motivation. I obey myself when I don’t feel like sewing, and it always comes back.
Today my sew-jo came back full force. My package came in the mail from My Fabric Designs. I guess pretty new fabric is all it takes! Meet the new additions to my fabric family.
This is Caravan in amethyst, one of the designs in my bohemian collection. I love it in cotton silk. It has more of a sheen and a crisper hand than the crepe. I plan to make a pair of those pom-pom shorts, but minus the poms. Pretty lounge shorts, yasssss!
And this is Ocean View in silk crepe de chine. It will become a kimono, if I can eek out the pattern out of my 3 yards. I forgot to account for pre-wash shrinkage! I really want a long kimono; but if I’m short of fabric I’ll make the waist length version. Shorter would be more practical for a farm girl, but I’m in the mood for frivolity at the moment.
New fabric for motivation? I think yes! Although this discovery could be dangerous.
Why did my sew-jo return at the start if a busy weekend? I have a wedding to attend, and I don’t dare distract myself by cutting my garments out. Waiting to sew is killing me. I can’t wait!
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The hip new activewear you need to own. Read about Pins To Kill leggings and find out what the hype is all about.
What with all the hype about Pins To Kill leggings? It’s a new company out of Melbourne Australia. Their mission is to inspire women to chase their dreams, and clients are called “Dream Chasers”.
At Pins To Kill you can shop from their designs, which are limited edition and pre-ordered twice a month.
There’s an upload your own design option which can be an accent or tiled, and one or both legs can be customized.
Or, choose a color combo and add text to the leg or inner waistband. You can even pick shiny or matte fabric.
I was contacted by Pins To Kill to provide an honest review on these leggings. I agreed for 2 reasons. They are at the higher end of pricing at $89+, and they are kind of exclusive. A higher price point often means a more quality garment and ethical manufacturing, which is a big deal to many of us who sew and understand production cost. And anything exclusive…I want it. Let’s just keep it real- yes, send me the fancy pants.
As a sewist, I’m definitely more picky about clothing than your average consumer. I’ve turned down many product reviews for clothing; or scared them off by letting companies know I’m ruthless about fit, material, and construction. If me inspecting seams like the police doesnt worry you: let’s do this. And maybe if these Pins To Kill leggings can hold up while mountain climbing, then they can survive kids.
Our cheerleading squad lives in leggings; from school to practice, and loungewear to bed. I tend to buy my daughter name brands for sports leggings, or sew them myself with high quality fabric. Either option costs from $40-$80, depending on retail sales, or fabric price and shipping. I can’t afford to replace the cheap ones all the time.
I feel that nicer quality is less expensive than replacing the cheaper activewear constantly, at least for older kids and adults. (Moms of small ones, you’re in a different boat. Know that one day, your child’s clothing will fit for more than 6 months.)
Lycra has enough stretch that leggings will survive growth spurts. Its moisture wicking and stain resistant, unlike t-shirts. That’s why I want the best price for a tee shirt, but the best quality for athliesure wear.
So what’s all the hype about Pins To Kill? You may have seen these leggings on celebrities and extreme sportsers and athletes. They are especially popular with surfers, ballerinas, and rock climbers. Travelistas love printing leggings with their destination photos too.
Pins To Kill Leggings
Let’s talk construction. They are made with a 3-thread coverstitch throughout. Triple reinforced seams are major plus. I did the rip test. You know the one, where you check if the seams are loose or thread is showing in the butt-ox. The inseam is nice and secure, no fear.
The fabric has excellent four way stretch and is opaque. The rip test mentioned above includes a mandatory sheerness evaluation. If the wearer must consider the color of underwear before putting them on, it’s a no. Pins To Kill passes that test as well. However, the fabric isn’t as thick as some Lycra I’ve worked with, and it’s more lightweight than Nike or UnderArmour. *Pins are now available in heavier weight sports Lycra for only $5 more! Yay.
The waist elastic is black to match the coverstitching. It’s not bulky and has lots of stretch, but not as soft as lingerie elastic. How fun that you can print a customized message inside the waistband! And how do they do that?!
Fit and Sizing
If you are blessed in the calves, rear, or thighs you will want to size up. Curvy girls should use the size chart based on their most hip measurement, rather than the waist. If you are in between sizes, go up. You might want to go up a size just if you’re American, we have this vanity sizing here and it’s a lie. The P2K size chart is accurate and the fit is slim.
Too bad I didn’t consult the measuring tape before I chose my daughters size- I was off by 2″. This is particularly embarrassing because I sew, and know to measure fairly often. Mom fail.
Kira saved the day by modeling this pair, and is now the proud owner the coveted lemon pants. My kid isn’t suffering for spandex, but she did ask if I’d buy her a pair of Pins To Kill leggings the next time the need arises, “BecauseTheyreSuperAwesomeAndIReallyLoveThem.” Which brings us to the real question.
Would I Buy Them After Trying A Free Pair?
Yup. I definitely will. They are well made enough to survive constant wear and like 3+ trips a week through the washing machine. I’ll order up a size for the next pair, and choose a dark color because my child attracts dirt. She can design them any way she likes with the Design Now feature.
Well, almost any way she likes. We’ve been having way too much fun together, designing pretend leggings with snarky text. We even tiled some with really embarrassing photos. That’s not going to happen in real life, but it was hilarious.
Pins To Kill provided me with leggings to review for this post. Check them out!