Some teen sewing

I have made up a couple of quick sews for my teenage daughter over the past few months.  Mostly from leftovers, without using a pattern.  I have rather enjoyed the quick gratification of these projects...and really, I don't want to spend a lot of time sewing for a fussy teenager who may never wear the garments.

First up, a skirt made from a couple of rectangles and given a curved hem.  I have used wide elastic in the waistband.  The front is narrower than the back.  I saw something similar online.  Sadly, my daughter is going through a no-skirt phase, so this has not actually been worn yet, but I still have hopes that it will.

Next up is a top made from leftovers from my wrap dress.  The proportions were dictated by the sizes of my scraps.  I used a little bit of entre-deux to join two pieces together at the top and sewed some yellow pom-pom trim over an over-locked edge to make quick work of the hem.  She loves this and has been wearing it several times a week since it was made.  Pretty good for a freebie.

I traced off a pattern for some beach shorts of her cousin's to make these rayon shorts.  There is elastic in the back waistband only.  I copied the RTW shorts in finishing the hems with a rolled hem on the over-locker.  The fabric is leftover from a kimono that my daughter made herself, so these were another freebie.

 And finally, I raided my stash for cotton voile to make her a new nightie.  I didn't have enough of any one fabric, so had to use two different fabrics.  This was to replace a nightie that I made when she was about 3 years old and has been getting progressively shorter over the last 10 years!!!  Finally, the fabric was so threadbare that the holes were indecent, and I threw it out. The pattern is from the Japanese "Girly Style Wardrobe".

Here is the original.  See all the holes ripped in the bodice.  She was upset that I threw it out, but has started wearing the replacement.  Which is good news, as she never wore the previous replacement made from a cute quilting cotton, because it was not soft enough for her.


  1. Some makes are so so very satisfying!
    Mary in Thailand

  2. Love all the bright prints! And there's nothing so satisfying as blowing through a bunch of scrap fabrics.

  3. I love the yellow top.. it is really gorgeous and what a great way to use up good small pieces. I like the embellishments too.