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.