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Date: 8/9/12 9:13 PM

ive never made anything for babies but i wanna make something for my friend's new baby.

i know that for women's patterns, the sizes are really different from the regular store-bought clothing sizes.. is that the case with baby patterns too?

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Date: 8/10/12 9:28 AM

It is. If it won't be worn for a while, it is not so critical. I just made an outfit (S-0-3 months)I thought my granddaugter would wear by now, (10 weeks)- and it was huge, She is very tiny. I have sewn for my own children, but they were right there to measure length and width, etc. What is the baby's length and weight, and go with that. If you know what size they are wearing now, and can estimate what size they will be wearing when you finish, you are good. Most patterns list height and weight as measurement indicators at the back of the book for guides. I find Amy Butler runs big though, if you are using that.

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Date: 8/10/12 9:53 AM

I've found that the patterns run large, in general. My mom recently made my daughter a few outfits, including this McCall's pattern in a size 9 months. The outfits fit her more like size 12-18 month store-bought clothing. For reference, my daughter is 9 months old and right around the 50-60 percentile marks for both height and weight for her age. She's currently wearing a size 9 month in most store-bought clothes. So she's a very "average" baby, size-wise.

I'd say definitely measure the pattern to get a better idea of what size the finished garment will actually be, especially if the baby you're sewing for is on the small side. For a baby on the more pleasantly plump side, you could probably go by age without any problem.

By the way, if you were wondering, that McCalls pattern I mentioned above sews up adorably. It's really really cute, it just runs large.

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Date: 8/10/12 12:37 PM

I will second what has been said before me. I sewed some pants and footed pants out of KwikSew's Sewing for Baby, and the sizes do run big.

I also sewed premie size clothes from big 4 patterns, thinking that it would be perfect for a doll, but they turned out way too big. The RTW premie size clothes fit the doll.

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Date: 8/10/12 4:21 PM

Yes, in my experience they run big--one size bigger than RTW. I'll give you a better understanding. On these two photos pay attention to the 2 baby onesies and 3 pair of shorts, and the tank worn by the little guy out in front with the spiked hair:





Patriotic 4th of July outfits

The 2 onesies and 3 pairs of shorts are all sewed from Kwiksew 3375 I wanted shorts with no outside seam so I wouldn't have to match stripes and the pants on this pattern worked well--just made them into shorts. The onesies I didn't put sleeves on so had to make the armholes smaller. I also cut the neck opening bigger on the onesie's to avoid the slit in the back that the pattern called for. But the basic sizes are according to the pattern.

The tanks are from Kwiksew 3501

Ok, here we go: The littliest baby is 7 weeks old and almost 13 lbs. and is wearing Kwiksew's 3375 XS (extra small) newborn size which is for an 8 lb. baby. The other baby is 10 months old and about 18 lbs. He is wearing Kwiksew 3375 S (small) size which says it is for a 13 lb. baby. The little guy with spiked hair is 2 & 1/2 and is wearing shorts made with the same Kwiksew 3375 size L (large) which is for a 22 lb. baby. He weighed 29 lbs. His tank is a size 3 from Kwiksew 3501. That pattern doesn't have weights, just measurements.

I've also made Simplicity 5316 and Kwiksew 2433 and found the same sizing issues. I especially found the jacket on Simplicity 5316 to be too short, the hood too big and the jacket too wide. Other reviewers of it seem to like it though. On Kwiksew 2433 the part between the legs which is folded up is way too wide and the fabric bunches up--didn't like that at all--but again other reviewers didn't mention it.

Once the baby grows and moves up into a child's size pattern, then I think they are sized more like RTW.

Just an FYI--if you sew anything with elastic around the waist, I always make it 2 inches shorter than the waist measurement and it fits perfect.

Happy Sewing!

Edited to add: Meant to say I really like Kwiksew 3375 the best. Instructions are good and the fit is good IF you size down.
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Date: 8/11/12 5:07 PM

I appreciate this thread as I am soon to begin sewing for a baby again and was wondering if anything had changed.

I remember the patterns being not just too big, but oddly shaped so that even going down in size didn't help. They were all too wide everywhere. I don't think my children were abnormal in shape and size as we had no trouble with RTW clothes fitting them. Burda patterns came along and I was finally able to make clothes for DD and DS both that fit and were fashionable.

Jalie patterns tend to fit more like RTW in my experience, but I have not sewn anything for babies from their line.

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