Choosing Fashionable Materials for Teaching Your Child to Sew

Children's fashions follow many of the same trends as adult clothing. Kids can be as fashionable as their parents and older siblings. Teaching your child to sew will give him or her a valuable life skill, and make it easier to customize stylish clothes you and your little one will love.

Motivate Your Child
Begin by shopping for a sewing machine for your child if you don’t already have one – this in itself is enough to excite many youngsters about beginning a fashion project. Next, find an outfit your child likes and make your version of it. Avoid anything too complicated. Choose skirts, tutus or sheath dresses for girls or tank tops and vests for boys and girls. Help your child study the clothing's construction. Demonstrate how the pieces fit together.

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Fig: Sewing machine for your child (Image courtesy: shelikestosew.com)
Choose Lightweight and Stylish Fabrics
Inexpensive cotton won’t slip or stretch underneath the sewing machine needle, in comparison to cotton jersey which will easily lose its shape. A manageable fabric that’s easy for young hands to guide, cotton comes in a rainbow of colours and patterns. Cute summer tops for girls are usually made of cotton and are easy to sew. Every season, new, fashionable patterns are popular with secondary school and tween girls.

Stick with Solid Colours and Simple Patterns
Busy prints, polka dots, and stripes may be too confusing for first-timers and cause most mismatches when sewing pieces together.

A Few More Tips

  • Challis is a lightweight woven fabric made from silk, and makes a beautiful party dress for little girls or vest for boys and girls.
  • Buy the sewing pattern first, then decide what kind of fabric to use. Most patterns for children’s clothing require cotton, linen, wool or other light fabrics. Look for patterns marked “easy-to-sew” and stick with simple summer tops, vests or skirts. Pants are harder to fit and consist of too many separate pieces for beginners.
  • Avoid denim, which can bunch up under the needle. Polyester georgette and satin are slippery and hard to maneuver, even for experienced adults.
  • Consider how the fabric will drape on the body. Use a lighter material if the garment looks great coming out of the sewing machine, but appears stiff or bunched when worn. Substitute linens or Tana Lawn cotton for thicker fabrics. Voile, usually used for curtains, is another fabric that drapes well.
If your child wants to imitate the latest fashion trend, but you have reservations about the style, compromise by using a different type of material or print. Today's trends for children use everything from bright neon colors to pastels, with styles ranging from retro 1950s dresses to pint-size hip-hop gear.

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