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Message Board > Miscellaneous > both kids in growth spurts ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 3/20/12 8:51 PM

Yes, I know, I've been sewing for my children since they were infants. However....my oldest is currently in boys size 12 and my youngest is in girls 7/8.

Because we will be paying for private school for our oldest, it cuts into the money that we will have readily available for indiscriminate spending on clothing. SO..........

I need great reusable patterns for both boys and girls.....daughter likes some of the patterns that I already have. Son prefers cargo pants, basketball shorts (the longer style shorts).....I am hoping for some tried and true patterns so that I can start making some durable clothing to work with their coinciding growth spurts.

thanks everyone...I really appreciate it in advance

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Date: 3/21/12 0:43 AM

Larisa -- Threads did a GREAT article some years ago on making clothing that could change size with you as you lost/gained weight. I think the ideas in that article would work here -- they suggested adding 1.5 inches to seam allowances and letting things out as necessary (this technique called for hong-kong finishes, but I bet you could do a serged finish instead.) You can, for your daughter, add good old fashioned tucks at the hem to let out as necessary, I think, though getting the crease out could be crazy (maybe cover it with some contrasting ribbon?) Can you do pants with drawstring waists or button tabs at the side? If you and/or your hubby were all arms and legs when growing, one thing you might be able to do is make those "zip-off" pants, and just make different zipped bottoms, in one or two inch increments. (Hint, don't forget to wash the ones not in use when you wash the pants so they match!)

I'm afraid I have no go-to patterns, but this should help make anything you do make last a while.

One thing I would say, is I don't think knits will work as well -- when they start to get stretched out, they just look very hand-me-down.

Threads Article Preview (with option to buy issue)

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Date: 3/21/12 7:17 AM

I thought about the tucks for DD, but the zip=off pants legs never even crossed my mind...now I feel silly...sheesh.

I will read the article after I get back from the school today (copy day), so thank you for posting the link.

I was thinking about how to make the pants waist adjustable and the only thing I came up with was the buttonhole elastic....both are so dang skinny that if I can't find them pants with adjustable waists, they rarely get bought (though we do still have a few pairs with "butt tucks" in them for fit.

Sad thing is, I think DD and I will have to spend most of Saturday finding her new shorts and summer tops because all the ones in the closet are size 6....bit too short for my grasshopper {sigh}

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Date: 3/21/12 9:19 AM

Does your DD like the skirts with multiple tiers? Just add a new one when necessary. My skinny DD was a nightmare to find clothes for at that age. Always going up but filling out very little. Plus we did not learn to sew until she was about 9.

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Date: 3/21/12 11:17 AM

I've made this boy's shirt pattern a few times, very classic look, good variations on collar and sleeves

McCalls 4164

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Date: 3/21/12 11:55 AM

I highly recommend Ottobre magazine for kids. They have great styles and RTW details. Since it's a pattern magazine, you get all the sizes right there, so you can trace a smaller waist and use the longer pants size etc. You can get a subscription and order back issues here: Ottobre Magazine

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Date: 3/21/12 1:57 PM

I don't have much experience with this topic, but I do know that some longer tunic shirts have lasted a long time with my 2yo daughter.
Starts like a dress and then slowly becomes more like a shirt! With different undershirts (short or long sleeves) they can go from season to season.

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Date: 3/21/12 2:06 PM

I have put ruffles and or bands of colo accross the bottom or inserted into the body of the garment to add length. The idea of cuttin off the bottom 1/2 of any garment just to add a band seems ineffective, but it works great, especially when you add that band or color elsewear. Shorts are the easiest, they seem to wear the same size, at least around, from 18 months to 6!.

The shorts' tops can have stuff added to bottom or middle with applique on the shorts to match them.

Tops and skirts can be maade to last several spurts. I have made them too long and then did tucks with trim. Grow 2 inches? Let out a tuck and the trim covers up the fade mark from washing.

Jalie patterns are great for growers!

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Date: 3/21/12 2:47 PM

Put your son in kilts -- add pleats as necessary :P

(that is to say, that other than making things too big and cinching them down at first, I have no idea how to resolve the waist issue!)
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