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Sewing Patterns for Teens and Tweens

Are you trying to start your sewing journey and are finding that you struggle to find patterns that are designed for teenagers that you would actually want to make yourself? Maybe you’ve had some encouragement to get stitching and have somebody who wants to help you get going, but you want to choose the styles you sew yourself? One of the most important parts of sewing for beginners is finding something you actually want to sew. If you can’t wait to make something up, you’re far more likely to finish (and learn loads along the way!).

Maybe you know a budding dressmaker who would like to take up sewing but is struggling to find pattern companies that cater to teens and tweens, both in size range and in style? We often have emails asking for patterns that would be great for young sewists, so we have shortlisted a few indie designers that are worth a look! This could be especially handy with just a few weeks of the summer holidays left… there’s still time to sew your own clothes before heading back to school!

Fieldwork Patterns was founded by Sue, who has created a collection of styles inspired by the clothes she made for her teenage daughter. There are some fab (and popular) styles in the range that can be worn for daily life – from dungarees to pinafores to culottes.  All the patterns are designed to slowly increase sewing skills starting with the first collection of easy, no zip styles. You can put your own stamp on these styles with choice of fun fabrics!

Sizing: UK 6/8 – 18/20

Format: PDF

BROWSE FIELDWORK PATTERNS


MadeIt Patterns are a great brand to take a look at as they have ranges for children, teens and women so you can stick with this brand all the way through your sewing journey! They have a great range of sewing patterns for knit fabrics in teen sizing.

Teen pattern sizing: Egg – Tomato (72 – 87 cm / 28 1/2″ – 34 1/2″ chest – check size chart on product listings)

Pattern format: PDF

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French indie brand I AM Patterns is well known in the sewing community for its range of modern designs that are packed with French-style and current trends. They have a selection of patterns available in a child/teen size range that is worth a peek!

Pattern sizing: 3 – 14 years

Format: PDF (some have paper)

BROWSE I AM PATTERNS


Hey June Handmade was founded by Adrianna who has three daughters who were the inspiration to starting to sew – so naturally designs patterns with them in mind too! There are some great staple shapes in the collection, including jackets, shirts and t-shirts.

Pattern sizing:  6 – 16 years

Format:

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Fibre Mood is probably the most popular sewing magazine out there! They design on-trend patterns that are released every few months to reflect what you might want to be sewing for the season. We also have the patterns available individually, including the children/teen patterns so you can browse and see if anything takes your fancy!

Pattern sizing:  2 – 14 years

Pattern format: PDF

BROWSE FIBRE MOOD PATTERNS


If you want to sew something with materials you have to hand, Greyfriars and Grace is the designer for you! Many of the patterns use pre-loved items, such as shirts and jeans, to create a brand new garment.

Pattern sizing: 8 – 16 years

Pattern Format: PDF

BROWSE GREYFRIARS & GRACE PATTERNS


Bara Studio doesn’t design specifically for teens, but there are a few styles that are a UK 8 – 14 that may work! They are a perfect capsule of summer patterns and have video tutorials for the project (in German with English subtitles) which can be really handy when you’re starting out!

Pattern sizing: UK 8 – 14

Pattern format: PDF

BROWSE BARA STUDIO PATTERNS


Also not specifically designed for teens, Workshop patterns have some great styles that are well worth a look. The sizing starts at a UK 6/8 and there are plenty of designs that are approachable for beginners. The Peggy Top (bottom right) needs less than a metre of fabric and is designed for absolute beginners, so is a great pattern for making your first top!

Pattern sizing: UK 6/8 – 16

Pattern format: PDF

BROWSE WORKSHOP PATTERNS


If you want to browse commercial patterns there are loads of styles that fit a teen/tween size range…

New Look

Simplicity

Burda Style

McCall’s

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