Monday, September 21, 2020

Project Run & Play Tween Scene: Fabric Choices

Do you have a tweenager? You know that age when they suddenly get super picky and nothing seems to fit right. The age when they really want their clothes to reflect who they are and yet still be comfortable. This week here at Project Run and Play we're bringing you loads of inspiration and information to get you through these tough years in style!

I'm Tami from SewSophieLynn, mom of 5 kids ages 8-18 and I know a thing or two about teens and tweens. My two oldest are boys and while they don't request mama-mades anymore, I do catch them at my sewing machines every now and then, sewing up pillows and decor or repairing their ready-to-wear clothes. My two girls on the other hand still LOVE their handmade wardrobes and are big fans of all the bonuses that come with custom clothing. 

Today let's talk fabric. Fabric plays such an important part in how a garment fits and feels and those tend to be the most important thing to older kids. I've partnered with Raspberry Creek Fabrics to showcase some of our favorite textiles to work with.

For this post, I sewed up two new looks for my girls in some of the newest fabrics Raspberry Creek has to offer. For more details on these looks head to my blog post here.  My oldest is wearing head to toe sweatshirt fleece. RCF sweatshirt fleece is a medium weight polyester rayon spandex blend with just enough stretch to be comfortable but it still feels like your favorite RTW hoodie. Sweatshirting is a great choice for replicating all those cute sweatshirts and lounge wear sets that are filling up stores. For this set, I used the Theodor Raglan Sweatshirt and simply cropped the bottom. The pants are the Tintin Trousers with an added hem cuff.

My younger daughter is wearing two of my go-to fabrics. Her Mary Dungarees are sewn up in a lovely rayon linen.   I added a faux button placket down the front to imitate the look of a ready to wear jumper.  Rayon linen is great for kids, especially older ones that love the sophisticated look but also really value softness and feel. It washes up easily and doesn't wrinkle as easily as regular linen. Her top is the Emi Top and made in my very favorite kid base fabric- double brushed polyester. Double brushed polyester is lightweight and so, so soft! It has amazing stretch and recovery and can be used for so many garments. 

Here is another PRP look featuring rayon linen and double brushed polyester. The cardigan is another trending fabric choice- waffle knit. Waffle knit is plush and is everywhere these days! It's great for cardigans, tees, lounge sets, and more. This outfit features the Tintin Trousers, Lemon Tee, and Josephine Cardigan.

This Coral Wrap Dress in double brushed polyester is a little piece of heaven! 

I can't forget to mention french terry and cotton lycra! Raspberry Creek Fabrics CLUB lines are a staple at our house. My girls are always bound to find prints they love and the base fabrics are so comfortable and lovely. The CLUB jersey is great for more fitted tees and dresses while the CLUB french terry is perfect for hoodies and joggers (two things my kids live in!). This Chromium Hoodie in solid french terry can't be beat!

The CLUB jersey looks so cute sewn up as a Lemon Tee! We also use RCF solid french terry all year round.

Stick around all week for all the tips and inspiration you need to sew for those cute tweens in your life.  We’ll bring you ready-to-wear inspired looks, sewing for tween girls and boys, and sewing WITH your tweens.  Can’t wait to see what this week brings!

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