Growing Up Handmade

If you hadn’t noticed, I do a lot of sewing for my oldest daughter. Her off-the-charts height for her age (she’s now 5’11” and not even 12 years old yet!) makes it hard to buy age-appropriate clothing. Besides many of the styles being a bit too mature for her, many store-bought things just aren’t long enough either! So when Carrie announced she was hosting the “Growing Up Handmade” blog tour over at Beri Bee Designs to celebrate sewing for tweens, I jumped in with both feet! I’m excited for all the inspiration in this tour … read all the way to the bottom to check out the other blog stops and enter the giveaways!

Besides needing clothes that fit well and are age-appropriate, my dear daughter has a running list of what she will and won’t wear. She loves soft knit clothes and so EYMM patterns fit well in her wardrobe. Currently, she’s on a leggings kick and loves her black ‘Get Moving’ Leggings the most. I think I’m going to make her another pair because she wears these every time they’re clean … sometimes twice a week! Wearing leggings so often, though, means that she also “needs” an abundance of tunic-length tops, since she prefers her rear end be covered in tight pants.

I picked up this hot pink and black large plaid ITY fabric from So Sew English a while back, hoping it would meet the coolness factor needed to make it into my girl’s wardrobe. She approved it and then we took a look through my patterns. She’s been begging for another cardigan for a while now, so I figured now was the perfect time to make her a new Four Seasons Cardigan.


Rather than adding length to compensate for her height, I decided to just make the Duster version of the Four Seasons pattern and let the hem fall where it would on her tall frame. It worked out perfectly, since she wanted the back to be just past her butt. She chose the 3/4 sleeve length because “long sleeves are just annoying.” Hahaha!


I’m thankful that she likes the ruffley “lettuce edge” look of a rolled hem on my serger so that I didn’t have to fold over all the edges for a traditional hem around the hood, down the fronts, and across the bottom of the cardi! That definitely makes the Four Seasons a much faster sew! I sat down at my machines at 4:45 and was done by 5:30!! (Note: I printed, taped, and cut the pattern and fabric the night before after small children were tucked in bed and not around since it took most of my living room floor, lol.)

I’m in love with how the Four Seasons Duster fits her and the bright pink is so youthful against her beloved black ‘Get Moving’ Leggings. It strikes the perfect balance between meeting her too-cool tween standards without being too mature for my liking! If I can just figure out how get her to stop growing so fast! At least she still enjoys wearing handmade clothing (she even tells her friends sometimes!), so it’s totally worth the additional forethought on my end to be sure what I sew will get worn often. 😉

Ready to see some more “Growing Up Handmade” inspiration? Go check out all the other stops on the blog tour!

Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy | Paisley Roots | Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Tuesday – April 18th
Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Sewing By Ti | Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday – April 19th
The Wholesome Mama | Rebel & Malice | Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution | Skirt Fixation | SewSophieLynn | EYMM

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners

Plus, how about a couple giveaways to bring this tour up another notch?!? There are two awesome prize packages available to win from the amazing sponsors, including patterns from EYMM!

Your first chance to win is a few easy clicks on Rafflecopter. Contest ends on Thursday 4/20 (tonight!) and winner will be announced on Friday the 21st. This prize package includes over $100 in gift cards for fabric from Raspberry Creek, Phat Quarters and Purpleseamstress, the FULL Girls Boho pattern collection from Petite Stitchery plus additional patterns to bring that fabric to life from Winter Wear, Hey June, Made for Mermaids, Greenstyle, Love Notions, Patterns for Pirates, Striped Swallow, SisBoom, EYMM, Simple Life Pattern Co and StitchART free motion. Just click through and check out all our fabulous sponsors!

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

The 2nd package includes $70 in fabric giftcards from So Sew English and Simply by Ti, plus your choice of a pattern (or two in a few instances) from each of the following designers Winter Wear, Hey June, Made for Mermaids, Greenstyle, 5 out of 4 Patterns, Striped Swallow, EYMM and Simple Life Pattern Co.   To enter for THIS package just join the linkup party!!  One person that shares will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday on the round up post at Beri Bee Designs.

I’m thrilled by all the creativity sparked by this tour!

Happy Sewing!!  ~  Joelle

6 Responses

  1. vicky Myers
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    Gosh at 5 11″ I am sure she is delighted you can sew her clothes which fit and suit her:) I cant remember when I turned 6′ as a teenager but I do remember growing out of regular size shoes, thank fully larger shoes are slightly more common nowadays!!

  2. Wow, I’ll bet she’s happy to get clothes that actually fit her! It must be pretty much impossible to find RTW that would. This tunic looks really great! 🙂 Lisa

  3. Audrey
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    I’m 6′ and my 14 year old daughter is 5′ 11″ so we understand all about sewing for tall females! Love the duster length on her!

  4. Diane
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    I love the cardigan on her! It’s beautiful! Sure wish she could share some of her height with me (5′, 2″)!

  5. Genie S.
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    That duster is fabulous! It’s so hard to stuff down our feelings about clothing and let them choose everything. 🙂

  6. Marah
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    I love her whole outfit! You give me hope that my kids might accept momma-mades as they get older.

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