I love sewing for my girls, it just makes me so happy to see them wearing something Mama made! Something that I have learned about sewing for teenagers, and really kids in general, is that they are much more likely to wear something that they have a say in. So, when I sew for my girls, I usually have them pick out the fabric and pattern that they want. For the new Sweetie dress from Ellie and Mac, my daughter picked out a blue and white striped fabric from Girl Charlee, and a light purple fabric from Knitpop for the accents. I would never have thought to put these two fabrics together, but I absolutely love the result!
The Sweetie dress is the perfect dress for twirling, with a really full skirt. I was surprised that at 13, my daughter wanted to twirl… but she just kept spinning and spinning after she put on the dress.
My favorite part of the Sweetie dress is the diamond patched on the elbows. The pop of purple works so well! I recommend checking the placement of the elbow patch on your daughter before sewing it in place.
I did have to adjust the pattern for height. My daughter fit right into the size 12 measurements, except that she is 4 inches taller than the height recommendations. She has long arms and legs, so I usually add height in the skirt portion of a pattern. However, I didn’t want to change the drape of the beautiful skirt portion on this pattern. I decided to add the length right above the skirt, at the bottom of the bodice, and it worked perfectly! I also added length to the sleeves. Since I added length to the pattern, I didn’t have enough fabric to cut the back piece on the fold. Since I had to cut the back in two pieces, I just added a seam allowance to the long edge of the pattern piece, and then sewed the two pieces together.
The pattern comes with patch pockets for the front of the dress, however I decided to leave them off this time.
Usually I don’t have my girls wear their new clothes until I get some good pictures of them. I made an exception for this dress, because she was so excited about it! She wore it on Thanksgiving and then again for church on Sunday, so I can safely say that this dress is a hit!
Recommendations: Have your child choose the fabric they like, this will make them more likely to want to wear your handmade creations.
Fabric: Striped fabric from Girl Charlee and the purple solid is from Knitpop.