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Best pattern companies for sturdy 9-yr old
Horrible luck w/Simplicity-what else to try?
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Date: 8/14/13 1:04 PM

My granddaughter is tall and by no means chubby-just a bit larger-framed than most. Simplicity patterns require complete remodeling, not worth the time. I've carefully followed their sizing measurements and wept over the results. Now that she's older, I'd like to try again, & this time involve her so she learns a little sewing. For a beginner project, this needs to be in a woven. Any ideas for a pattern company with realistic (for her) sizing and thoughts about what might be a good type of pattern that a kid could cut her teeth on??

Thanks everyone. Your help is much appreciated.

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Date: 8/14/13 1:34 PM

Oliver & S has some patterns to fit up to 12 yr olds. Their patterns are so wonderful! The directions are super clear and following them is like getting a sewing lesson.
The styles, IMHO, tend to be more geared for younger kids. My little girls (4) has looked lovely in many of them. But perhaps you can have the 9 yr old check out pictures online and make her own selection.

The patterns are ranked from 1 to 4 scissors in difficulty, so easy to tell which are most suitable for a beginner.

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Date: 8/14/13 3:17 PM

I have a tall dd. She is long waisted, has a small waist and has a bit of a broad back. So, I hear you on the pattern changes.

O&S is good, but the patterns have a tendency to be on the short side. I always lengthen them. Liesl's skirt patterns are awesome. She adds a few extra design elements that I really like. Thankfully, so does my dd.

I have used Simplicity with success. I just have to make some adjustments. Especially in the lengthening department. McCall's is another pattern company that I like.

I'm sure that others will chime in with their recommendations. But these pattern companies are what have worked for me, personally. I love sewing for my dd! Have fun.
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Date: 8/14/13 4:04 PM

My mother never learned to sew and I was a tall kid and quite skinny. How I envied the little girls in my classes who had darling things (like a scarlet red corduroy vest) that had been made my their mothers.
And when I was that age, RTW was only available in sizes suitable for average sized kids...my pants were NEVER long enough for me. That was the main reason I learned to sew.

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Date: 8/14/13 5:14 PM

Have you tried Kwik Sew? They usually have really great directions, and if you look under their Learn to Sew/Kwik Start collection, they have a couple of patterns that cover both the girls and women's size ranges that may be appealing to her, like 3837 (fleece pants) and 3794 (gathered skirt). Good luck, hope you guys have fun with it!

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Date: 8/14/13 6:49 PM

I've had good luck with Simplicity for my DD10. She's at that awkward stage where she seems a little chubby and yet I know that the shift from girl to young woman is just around the bend. (DD15 spent about 2 years in that odd-body stage, a little thick for standard girls' sizes and too short for juniors, but not enough waist definition for misses.)

I've been using a girls size 14 but removing length at the waist and hem to make the proportions more suitable.

I just made Simplicity 2437 out of cotton, adding length to make a dress rather than a tunic. I've also made it up in a fairly stable knit and it came out great.

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Date: 8/14/13 7:02 PM

Have you tried Burda?

They have many sizes in one envelope, and the cool thing is that you do not have to choose a size and hope for the best. What they have you do--and I strongly advise following this to the letter--is look at the special measurement chart inside the envelope, take your victims measurements exactly as instructed (including circling numbers in the columns they show), and you will wind up, as most of us do, with a chart showing that you or your sewing victim are actually several sizes. Then you trace the pattern off, but move gradually from one size line to another, following the your particular chart measurements.

The result, if done properly, will be a pretty much customized pattern just for you, or your granddaughter.

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Date: 8/14/13 9:43 PM

I use Ottobre Design mostly, and some Burda and kwik sew. For my sturdy kid, I trace the size that corresponds with his height for length, but the size that corresponds with his chest/waist/hip measurement for width. I actually do the same with my super slim kid, but for him I go down a size or two for width.

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Date: 8/15/13 1:18 AM

"...sewing victim..." hahhaaa

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Date: 8/15/13 3:05 AM

LOL. Sewing victim! Love it!

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