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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Fitting for 3 and 4 year old girls. ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Fitting for 3 and 4 year old girls.
Please help with length.
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Date: 4/28/13 8:56 PM

Help , please. I am sewing long distance for twin girls who have just turned four. The OOP kimono pattern has arrived. The hem/length instructions look impossible. The pattern is for sizes four through fourteen - I am sure there is an error regarding length for the size 4/5.

The girls are 41 and 42 inches tall.

Does anyone have a child handy to measure from the base of the back of the neck to the floor (bare feet)?

With waists sized at 19 inches
and hips at 22 inches

I plan to slim down the size four. It is just the length that has me baffled. The pattern is Butterick OOP 6697. The cut length for the back pattern piece is 40.5 inches!!! That would be one deep hem!

Thank you.

OOP Butterick 6697
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Date: 4/28/13 9:27 PM

I wish my grandaughter were handy but she is 350 miles away. Can you contact the mom and just ask her to measure? I've done that more than once!

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Date: 4/28/13 10:40 PM

My dgd is four and half, and also measures 41" tall, her chest is 21".
She was here a few weeks ago and I measured her. She has a long torso, so I make her swimsuits and leotards. I measured her from her waist to her ankle (for leggings) and that measurement was 21" and back length is 11", so I would guestimate back length to floor at 33.5.

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Date: 4/28/13 11:46 PM

Whoops, double post.
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Date: 4/29/13 0:06 AM

Diane S, thank you so much. I'll jot the measurements down and will be able to combine them with the numbers I have to get a good fit.

Solosmocker, the kimonos are a surprise; the mother is swamped and I have a self imposed deadline to have them delivered before my daughter in law visits them soon. She charmed the girls on her last visit with a tea ceremony.

As they have just turned four I plan for these to be a bit short and with sleeves with a shorter than traditional hang just to avert accidents. That gives me a little extra leeway. When they are older I'll aim for a more accurate and aunthentic fit.

As soon as the kimonos are sent I'll muslin some basics for try ons so I can make some things for them that fit nicely.

This will be such fun. For one thing, I have made myself work with knits to become more adept with the lighter, looser and stretchier knits. I really miss working with wovens and am looking forward to setting little sleeves, finishing their seams and adding details that I hope will delight them. And, of course, it will be another layer of knit education to sew in miniature. :)

It's been ages since I've sewn for little girls. I'm having a blast checking out fabric. I missed out on a super fabric choice for big brother (8) while waiting on the measurements. That has worked out as an Australian print has been listed that he will like even more.

Thank you ladies!

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Date: 4/29/13 8:29 AM

Did you check the reviews on this pattern?
One of the reviewers commented on how very big the finished garnent was!

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Date: 4/29/13 10:21 AM

Thanks Pamela. I did check the reviews and saw the comment about it being about 25% too big for a girl that was typically wearing a size five. Thanks to the ladies that suggested using clear plastic and a sharpie to copy patterns I already have the pieces drawn off and ready to alter.

Your reminder did get the gears moving though. I think I'll redo the pattern pieces to separate the bodice. I'll slim down the bodice but gather in some fullness for the lower part of the garment so the girls can easily move and sit.

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Date: 4/29/13 1:04 PM

Cute kimono inspired dress pattern Kyoko dress

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Date: 4/29/13 4:19 PM

What a fun project! Sewing for children is just delightful and I try to do as much as I can for my two granddaughters. There's also sewing for their American Girl dolls and that's like eating potato chips!

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Date: 5/4/13 11:59 PM

Diane S, I saw the Kyoto Dress and contemplated doing that instead. It is a really cute pattern - and practical!

Yes, Solosmocker, sewing for youngsters and sewing with outrageously gorgeous fabric are my top two faves in the sewing room. That and sewing things to meet immediate special needs.

The kimonos are coming together nicely. I am glad I did not try to estimate the amount of fabric necessary before the pattern arrived. It takes a lot of fabric. Luckily the stash yielded up a subtle floral so I could meet my deadline. It is a high quality rayon with beautiful drape.

Copying the pattern with the plastic and the sharpie was a breeze.

I reached into my first order of interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply to cut 1/2 inch strips of Pro-Sheer Elegance Interfacing to use as stay tape - dreamy stuff. Fused fast and easy without steam.

Considered adding a back high waist casing and elastic but the fabric drapes so prettily I didn't want to clutter the line of the drape. Did add internal front ties as I hope the girls will wear these for robes too. Shortened the length and the drape of the sleeve for safety and to make the garment practical for use as a robe or a pool cover up. Naturally, the fabric was prewashed/preshrunk to the max.

I'll ask for a photo with the girls covering their faces so I can post.

If I hustle I'll be able to stitch out the Two Cranes design on the solid color Obi center back that is a free download from Susa Glenn designs. It was nice to be able to sample that design before ordering the Wysteria crest for a special project. Since they are twins, I thought the twin cranes might be appealing to them.

Two Cranes - Susa Glenn

When I sew gifts for youngsters I detail just as if it were a quality piece for myself. Today I was wondering if someday that attention to detail might inspire a future seamstress. Mostly I/we (hubbie never flinches at the cost or picking up something for dinner while I am sewing or the myriad other ways spouses support the craft) hope to let the youngsters know that someone thinks they are very special.

Thanks again for all the help.


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