One of my favorite patterns to sew for my tweenage daughter is Jocole's Crossover Tunic. It can be a top, tunic or dress and the pattern comes in 12 month size thru size 14, including an 18" doll version! You can also buy it in the woman's size, if you need it larger. It is a versatile, well-written pattern. If you are afraid of sewing with cotton knit fabric, this pattern is one to try because it is not too hard at all. The binding around the neckline took me a few tries to master but that isn't bad. The three tops, shown below, are my 4th-6th attempts at this pattern and I think I am getting pretty good at it!
The above two tops are made from fabric I got from Banberry Place Fabrics. Corie runs an excellent store and has the best selection if cotton knit fabrics as well as wovens and notions and patterns. She will also sell you fabric samples, five for $2.50, which helped us pick out those two fabrics, among others. It really helped my daughter to be able to see the fabric in person and feel it.
The fabric for this tunic, as modelled by it's new owner, is a lovely Valori Wells print for Free Spirit fabrics that I got from One Red Blossom Fabrics. We are really enjoying this line of knits that Valori designs. They are soft and very pretty and easy to sew with. I made several tunics from last year's line and they were much loved.
Want to know more about Jodi, the designer from Jocole? Check out my interview with her. She's a great lady, very talented.
Also, check out the tutorial I wrote to make headbands from the leftover knit fabric.
Finally, please visit my Pinterest page for some awesome linked tutorials on how to sew with knit fabric. Don't be afraid to try!