Sewing Patterns For Back To School

Here are this year’s top ten sewing patterns for back to school clothes. I chose great basics that layer well to transition easily to fall. A larger size range was a criteria as well, because I want to get lots of use for my money. These patterns are designed for comfort, fit, and style. This post contains affiliate links for brands I trust and use. Read on!

Top Ten Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Sew your kids stylish in these casual basics with a larger size range

Top Ten Sewing Patterns For Back To School

Morrison Tee by Hey June

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Morrison Tee from Hey June

Description:  A casual boxy fit dolman tee. Options include banded sleeves, cap sleeves, or long sleeves. Choose a hi-low hem, a straight hem, or either version with a front tie hem. Sizes 6-16

Star Top from Blaverry

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School : Star Top by Blaverry

Description:  Classic knit boat neck tee with 3 different sleeve options. Beautiful construction method. Sizes 2T-16

*see my Star Top here

Four Seasons Cardigan from EYMM

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School : Four Seasons Duster from EYMM

Description: Open-front draped cardigan witch 2 length variations, 5 sleeve options and an optional integrated hood. Size newborn-18 tween

Jalie 3462 Cora Running Tights & Shorts  

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Cora Running Tights from Jalie

 

Description: Ankle length leggings or mid-thigh length shorts with wide waistband and practical pocket at the back. Seamless between the legs. Girls sizes 2-13 and women’s sizes 4-22.

Luna Loungewear by Love Notions

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Luna Loungewear from Love Notions

Cami tank, knee-length nighty, bralette, capris and shorts. The bralette can be worn on its own or paired with the cami and nighty as a shelf bra. The capris and shorts feature an elasticated waistband with optional drawstring, faux fly and side-seam pockets. The capris and shorts can be made from woven or knit fabrics while the cami and nighty are meant for knits. Sizes 2-16 and 8-16 in plus sizes.

My tester version is shown above. Click here to read more about this pattern.

Cartwheel Collection by Love Notions

Top 10 Sewing Pattern For Back To School Clothes: The Cartwheel Collection by Love Notions

This collection contains six separate patterns for knit fabrics: shirt, dress, shorts, capris, tunic and skirt. The shirt, tunic & dress have a sweet peek-a-boo back that’s just the right amount of fun. The double layer circle skirt has a pick-up detail to add even more fun as well as the ability to attach shorts or capris. Sizes 2-14.

Yo Ho Henley from P4P

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Yo Ho Henley from Patterns for Pirates

Unisex tee with  short, 3/4 rolled up, or long hemmed or banded sleeve options. T-shirt or tunic length with traditional t-shirt neckband and open Henley placket neck option. There is also a hood option with the Henley placket and thumb-hole cuffs for the long sleeves. Sizes 3 months-14 years.

Elevation Hoodie by New Horizons Designs

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Elevation Hoodie from New Horizons Designs

 

Codor blocked hoodie with lined or unlined wrap hood  and inset kangaroo pocket. Designed for sweatshirt fleece, fleece, French terry, or medium weight knits with 35% stretch. Sizes 6 months-16 years.

Boheme Skye from Striped Swallow Designs

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Boheme Skye by Striped Swallow Designs

Tunic, midi and dress length with a cascading handkerchief hem.  Sleeve options include tank, short, elbow length, or long. Sizes 2T-14.

Mini Hudson Pants by True Bias

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: True Bias Hudson Pants

Full length or mid-calf skinny sweat pant with an elastic waistband, drawstring, pockets, and cuffs. The fit leaves a bit of extra room around the hips and tapers into a skinny leg.  Size 2-10. (Adult size Hudson Pants fit tweens and teens.)

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I hope this helps you shop sewing patterns for back to school! Do your kids wear uniforms? I’ve got you covered! Check out my list of school uniform sewing patterns. I also have a Pinterest Board filled with all the children’s sewing patterns I love. 

 

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Best Loungewear Sewing Patterns For Tweens

Loungewear Sewing Patterns For Tweens

Here are my top picks for loungewear sewing patterns. All are pdf format and include tween sizes. These patterns are great for lounging around or active wear, layer well, and are ideal for almost any weather.

For more tween sized sewing patterns, be sure to check out my Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist!

The Best Loungewear Sewing Patterns For Tweens & Teens. Make clothes they actually wear!

Best Loungewear Sewing Patterns For Tweens & Teens

 

Asymmetrical Drape Top by EYMM, size NB-18 Tween

Best Loungerwear Sewing Patterns For Tweens| Asymetrical Drape Top by EYMM

Knit top with sleeve variations. Choose the regular hem or asymetrical drape version. Perfect for light to medium weight knits.  Also available in girls + womens bundle up to 5X!

 

 

Lacy Slope Top by Greenstyle Creations, women’s size XS-3XL

Best Loungewear Sewing Patterns For Tweens! Lacy Slope Top by Greenstyle Creations

High low tank with 2 length options. The women’s Lacy Slope Top starts at size XS, which will fit most girls size 14-16. (Size 12 and smaller is available in the Girls Lacy Slope Top.) Click this link to shop: Greenstyle Creations.

 

 

Four Seasons Cardigan & Duster by EYMM, size newborn-18

Best Loungewear Sewing Patterns for Tweens: Four Seasons Duster by EYMM

Open front scarf-neck cardigan with with 2 length options, 5 sleeve options and an optional integrated hood.

 

 

Star Top by blaverry, size 9 months-16

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The Star Top is a 3 quarter sleeve boatneck tee. (Read my review here.) Blaverry recently extended pattern sizes, up to girl’s 16. And there’s a new line of patterns this season, eek!

 

 

Brassie Joggers by Greenstyle Creations, size XXS-3XL

Best Loungewear Sewing Patterns For Tweens | Brassie Joggers by Greenstyle

Brassie Joggers are super comfy but can also be dressed up depending on your fabric choice. They have sleek lines, optional decorative stitching, and streamlined pockets to reduce bulk. The XXS will fit younger tweens, XS will fit most girls size 14-16. Read the size chart and adjust for length if needed.

 

Hampton Hoodie by PAB, size XXS-XXXL

Best Loungewear Sewing Patterns For Tweens: Hampton Hoodie by PAB

Fitted hoodie with placket, 2 sleeve lengths, and banded wrist and waist. XXS fits 00, XS fits 2-4. (Also see the Hangout Hoodie for this pattern in kids sizes up to children’s 10.)

 

Jammin’ Hoodie by Ellie Inspired, size 1-16

Best Loungewear Sewing Patterns For Tweens: Jammin Hoodie by Ellie Inspired

Zippered or pullover hoodie with optional kangaroo pocket. Unisex, versatile, functional. This is a staple for your collection!

 

Too Cute Ruched Shorts by Cole’s Creations, size 10/12 girls-XXXL women

Too Cute Ruched Shorts by Cole's Creations: Best Loungewear Sewing Patterns For Tweens & Teens

Designed for woven fabric or stable knits, these shorts can be made with or without ribbon ties and cinched a little or a lot.

 

 

Gymnastics & Dance Shorts by TumblenTwirl, size 2-14

Gymnastics Shorts pattern by Mountain Ash Design: Loungewear Sewing Patterns for Teens & Tweens

 

Mountain Ash Designs (TumblenTwirl on Etsy) has dozens of dance and swim patterns. These shorts would be great for all of the above, or as lounge/sleepwear. Get in my stash!

 

 

Matey Muscle Tank by Patterns For Pirates, size 3m-14

Matey Muscle Tee by Patterns For Pirates: Best Loungewear Sewing Patterns For Tweens & Teens

Loose fitting, sleeveless tank with ribbed neck and arm holes. A great pattern for boys and girls. Its perfect for up-cycling old t-shirts too! 

Loungewear Sewing Patterns For Tweens

I hope you enjoy pattern hunting with me! I’ve been being a good girl this year and not buying fabric or PDFs. I own a few of these already and I’m itching to sew for spring. Which of these patterns would you most like to try?

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Boat Neck Top Pattern by Blaverry : Pattern Review

Blaverry Boat Neck Top | SewsNBows

I sewed the Star Top pattern by Blaverry. I’ve been wanting to make it forever, and I finally did. Here’s my review!

Boat Neck Top Pattern from Blaverry

The construction is beautiful inside & out; just like the Cruise Chino Shorts I made this summer.

Blaverry Boat Neck Top Pattern (inside view)

The yoke is attached like a facing, and stitched down using a twin needle. Then the shoulders are reinforced with a bar tack.

Blaverry Boat Neck Top pattern

I’m not quite sure if you can see my bar tack… But it’s there.

Boat Neck Top, pattern by Blaverry

There are so many cute patterns available at Blaverry. I’ve been seeing occasional sales on the new Blaverry Facebook page, as well as blog tours and pattern tester calls. Head over there if you want to keep tabs on this awesome pattern line.

Blaverry Boat Neck Top | SewsNBows

I used a Stenzo jersey knit from L’Ouseau. I like to use quality fabric with Blaverry patterns, because I know I’ll end up with a high end garment.

Blaverry Boat Neck Top : pattern review by SewsNBows

We love the Star Top pattern from Blaverry. I think I’ll make another for my 9 year old. It would be a cute tunic too!

Boat Neck Top pattern from Blaverry | SewsNBows

All in all, it’s a real quick sew. It’s labeled intermediate, but I think an adventurous beginner could swing it. Just make accurate cuts, & take your time on the yoke.

Until next time!

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Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns (with tween sizes)

Summer Dress Patterns (with tween sizes)

Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns, especially chosen for tweens. These patterns go up to at least size 12, and aren’t too babyish for older girls.

Summer Dress Patterns (with tween sizes)

Soleil Dress by Selvedge Designs, size 12 months-12

Soliel Dress from Selvedge Designs | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

The Soliel dress pattern is sewn in knit, with exposed pockets and 2 bodice back variations. Shown here are lovely tester photos that really show the versatility and design options. The dress on the left shows how you can play with prints and colors for fun, original look. The dress on the right was made by Shawnta Sews, who does lots of awesome tween sewing on her blog!

Knotlin Nautical Dress by Blaverry, size 9 mos- to 12

Knotlin Nautical Dress from blaverry | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

This pattern is from the Anchors Away 2014 Nautical collection at Blaverry. With commercial grade techniques, Blaverry designs are for home sewists who make quality garments built to last. The Knotlin Dress features 6 sailor style buttons on the bodice with capped sleeves, and a slightly gathered, lightweight skirt.

The Knotlin dress is no longer available. Click the link to see all the current dress patterns available at Blaverry.

Trendy Tunic by Love Notions, size 2-14

Trendy Tunic from Love Notions | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

How sweet is the Trendy Tunic? It’s as comfy as a basic tee, with fun color blocking and must have pockets. This pattern even won over my tomboy!

Audrey Peasant Dress by Sig Creations, size 7-14

Audrey Peasant Dress | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

The Audrey Peasant Dress requires no zippers or buttons, so it’s perfect for beginner sewists. It would look great in a knit or woven fabric, and has 3 sleeve options. As your daughter grows taller, it can be worn as a tunic or a top.

Sis Boom Maddie Top & Dress, size 6/12 months- 11/12 years

SisBoom Maddie Top & Dress | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

Here’s a fun dress or top from SisBoom Patterns, which is known for excellent, easy to follow instructions and beautifully made PDFs. The Maddie Dress can be made with or without the flutter sleeves. Definitely a summer staple!

Texas Rose Shirtdress by Ellie Inspired, size 1-16

Texas Rose Shirtdress by Ellie Inspired | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

This is one of my favorite summer dress patterns for girly tweens! It offers long or short sleeves, which makes it a great dress pattern all year long. Also included is a pattern for ruffle pants, & a set of 18″ doll matching patterns.

Paris Tea Time Dress by Terra’s Treasures, 18 months-14

Paris Tea Time Dress from Terra's Treasures | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

The Paris Tea Time Dress has a vintage 1940’s flavor, with cute shoulder ties, bodice details, and banded waist and hem. This tween sized pattern allows for lots of fun fabric combinations.

Sweet Bow Top & Dress by Patterns For Pirates, 3 months-14

Sweet Bow Top & Dress from Pirates For Pirates | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

The open backs have it this summer, and the criss-crossed straps on this dress are a fun take on that trend. The Sweet Bow Dress includes options for a small or mega sized bow.

Rio Racerback Tank & Dress by Peekaboo Patterns, 3 mos-12 

Rio Racerback Tank & Dress from Peekaboo Patterns | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

The Rio Racerback Tank Dress (tank option shown) is sure to please older girls. A simple design makes this dress a quick sew, and it’s sure to be worn a lot. Use contrasting ribbing for a fun look!

Go To Signature Dress by Go To Patterns, 12 mos-12 years

Go To Signature Dress from Go To Patterns | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

The Signature Dress is a big duh for summer dresses. There are 3 lengths, 7 sleeve variations, 4 pockets options, and a hoodie. The capped sleeve maxi has been our favorite! I’ve never gone wrong with this pattern…in fact I think I could sew it in my sleep by now. Fast, easy, cute.

Hope you enjoyed my top 10 summer dress patterns! Be sure to check out my Tween PDF Pattern MasterList for more tween sewing patterns. Some patterns may contain affiliate links. Thanks for reading!

 

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Summer Shorts Patterns (With Tween Sizes!)

Best Summer Shorts Patterns | PDFs with Tween Sizes

Best Summer Shorts Patterns | PDFs with Tween Sizes

These are our picks for the best summer shorts patterns! They were chosen with the help of real kids. For more awesome  patterns, check out the Tween PDF Pattern MasterList.

Some patterns in this post are affiliate links. That means if you purchase a pattern from one of my links, I could receive a small commission; at no additional cost to you. I display my affiliates buttons on my right side bar too…in case you feel like shopping later:)

If you design tween sized patterns or own a fabric shop; I’m planning a Back To School sewing giveaway in August. Let me know if you’d like to sponsor the prize package!

Gidget Shorts by Felicity Sewing Patterns, size 2-14

Gidget Shorts by Felicity Sewing Patterns | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Gidget Shorts are cute and girly. The bias trim is a fun detail; and your sporty girls will love it without the bows too.

Girls Chino Shorts from Blaverry, size 9 months-12 years

Girls Chinos from blaverry | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

My daughter found Blaverry patterns and fell in love with the Girls Chino Shorts. The 2014 Nautical Collection is no longer available. (sorry!) Check out current patterns for bottomshere.

Racerback Crop Tank & Jazz Shorts by TumblenTwirl

Jazz Shorts & Racerback Crop Tank | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Jazz Shorts are so versatile. They work for everyday wear or swim gear. TumblenTwirl has the largest selection of dance and sportswear patterns available for tweens.

Hampton Shorts by Greenstyle Creations, size 2-14

Hampton Shorts by Greenstyle Creations | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Hampton Shorts are Julian’s pick, because “Everybody would wear these. They’re cool.” Moms will appreciate the simple, comfy design and drawstring waist for easy fit and longer wear.

The Summer Sailors from BG Originals, 6 months-12 years

Summer Sailors from BG Originals | Tween PDF Pattern MasterList

I’ve admired the Summer Sailors for sooo long! Easily customizable, these flat front shorts have a tailored look.

Lakeside Cargo Shorts by Ellie Inspired, size 2-12

Lakeside Cargo Shorts from Ellie Inspired | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Cargo shorts are a staple! Kids could just live in these, right?!

Paperbag Shorts from Elle Garrett Designs, 18 months-12 

Paperbag Shorts from Elle Garrett Designs | Tween PDF Pattern MasterList

Simple, quick Paperbag Shorts. I’d spend a day assembly line sewing these and fill a drawer for summer! It would be fun to play with different fabrics too.

Long Beach Board Shorts from Terra’s Treasures

Long Beach Board Shorts from Terra's Treasures | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Long Beach Board Shorts are so cute- and you get a lot of bang for your buck. Its a summer  shorts pattern that is truly co-ed with a broad size range, 3 months -14 years.

Sassy Shorts from Ginger Baby Patterns, 12 months- 12 years

Sassy Shorts from GingerBaby Patterns | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Sassy Shorts are basic shorts with pockets kids can’t live without. GingerBaby Patterns are the most well written instructions I’ve ever used. See my review of the Active Classics Everyday Knit Pants & Shorts? for a peek inside the PDF.

Classic Chinos from Peekaboo Patterns, 3 months-12 years

Classic Chinos from Peekaboo Patterns | Tween PDF Pattern MasterList

Classic Chinos from PAB are still on my “to sew” list. From what I hear; this is the pattern to learn zip flys. My Tween Sewing Survival Guide has a list of sewing techniques I’ve been working on- essential to sewing for older kids. Zip flys are the last thing I need to conquer!

Chapters Long Pants / Shorts from Petit Bebe, newborn-12 

Chapters Long Pants / Shorts from Petit Bebe | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Chapsters are really fun. It’s not as easy to mix fabric prints on boys clothing; so the back yoke and curved side seam are a great design element.

Buccaneer BBall Shorts from Patterns for Pirates

Buccaneer BBall Shorts from Patterns for Pirates | Tween PDF Pattern MasterList

Buccaneer BBall Shorts have a huge size range, from 3 months up to 16 years. Patterns For Pirates has become such a heavy hitter for tween sewing. There is also an adorable girls version of basketball shorts, the Sporty Shorties. I’m dying to review them for you soon!

Readers, please bear with me while I make some upgrades to my Tween Pattern MasterList. Now that we’re on our 3rd month of this series, our list is getting longer. I’ll be dividing our list up into categories so we can find what we need faster. I have lots of good stuff in store for you! As always, thanks so much for your visit.

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