I ordered this Riley Blake mustache fabric for my darling daughter. I’ve been trying to sew things that she will wear often. She loves her crazy Guinea Pig Dress that she designed, but if mom makes anything without her input- it’s a flop.
She’s been calling me mom instead of Mommy & I don’t like it. I’ve been secretly studying my daughter’s changing style. Gone is the girl who wanted pink lollipop dresses. A little princess is no more, and a fashionista is emerging.
Tweens are searching for their identity. They are fiercely fighting for their independence. Clothing lets them express who they are.
I’ve noticed the girls Bella’s age love Justice. The clothing there is covered in glitter and sequins. I don’t like spending that much money on things that fall apart in the washing machine. So, aside from the shiny, I wondered what is it about Justice that these little girls love so much? Bella doesn’t give a crap about brands yet…..so what am I missing?
As I was thumbing through the racks, I noticed the skirts have little built in shorts. The tanks have built in bras. That’s when it hit me. At this age, girls are becoming body conscious.
They want all the trendiness of the older girls clothing, but still ride bikes and play in the dirt. Justice caters to a tween’s identity. They are not a baby, and not a teen. Just stuck in between the two, trying to find balance.
That was my great revelation. Back to that in just a moment, mmmkay?
This skirt is self drafted. The built in-shorts are a jersey knit. In my quest to sew and buy smart, I’ve forced myself to work with knits. My first knit project was meh. I’d like to think I’m getting better…
But you can see below that my stitches are a mess. My drafting on the shorts was poor, and I had to add a higher waistband. They’re more like built in undies. (Or can you see? This photo is also terrible.)
The leg openings were too small, so I added a stretchy lace insert. Bella really loves this part. But they bug the crap out of me, because the inserts aren’t even…one side is slightly higher than the other.
I would call this an epic fail, except Bella has already worn this skirt several times. She even wore it to school, which is the ultimate compliment. So my research has been paying off. And even though my talent with knit fabrics haven’t caught up to my ambitions yet, I know each project will teach me something new.
So I’m feeling really positive. Researching tween fashion forced me to remember how I felt at that age. I was self conscious for the first time, girls were starting to get catty, and my emotions were overwhelming. I also vaguely remember feeling like my mom didn’t understand me. So making something Bella really loves makes me feel good, and also a little closer to her. I’m going to be there for her when she needs me, and try not to treat her like a baby when she doesn’t. Even though she’ll always be my bitty girl.
If you have cool knit projects, a good tutorial, tips, or a pattern recommendation, feel free to leave me a link. I need help! I have a pile of really gorgeous knit fabric I got in the Dallas Garment District, and I’m going to figure out what I’m doing before I touch it! So you may see some Epic Fails here soon. It’s okay to just laugh at me when I mess up…I laugh at myself. Are yal afraid of any specific fabrics or techniques?