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Karate Kid (8-10 yr old boys)
Suggestions for class bag???
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Date: 8/28/13 2:38 PM

I would like to make a gift for my son's godson. Have already made gifts for his younger twin sisters so I need to get moving - fast.

The family is extremely pressed for time, especially the mom. I have basic body measurements but think it will be easier for the mom if I stick to using the great Asian dragon fabric I found for a string backpack for the youngster's martial arts class instead of burdening her with fit questions about clothing.

Any thoughts on sizing for a bag/backpack to carry stuff to class? Duffle or string backpack? Special shoe pocket?

Is this too geeky/fussy/grandmother-ish? I can always make pj bottoms with the dragon fabric. It is a very nice Japanese cotton printed on black; some nonflowery graphics with fantastic dragons scattered on the fabric. He is 8 1/2. I have only 'found' the fabric, have not yet ordered it. All suggestions are welcome. Thank you very much.
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Lots of questions this year on patterns and fitting children so adding this note. Most of the numerous family youngsters I have sewn for have been proportionately tall and slender. Some have been very slender for their age/height.

For non-curvy youngsters I have had to combine proportional pattern elongation with slimming the patterns down. Length is added in the upper torso and mid torso, in the hip/rise area, thigh area, calf area and at the hem - and more at the waist for the extra tall girls.

When the girls get curvy, especially the tall ones, and are still thin I combine patterns along with their measurements. In the future I might try one of the independent pattern companies that has been recommended. But so far I have been able to take a girl's pattern that comes close to general horizontal measurements, morph it with a misses' Big 4 pattern for vertical references for ins and outs, and factor in individual measurements. Referencing to a misses pattern usually helps with developing shoulder lines of young teenagers too.

For woven fabrics, princess seams help achieve a perfect fit for the very tall and slim 13 to 16 year olds. Often the bust measurement has been more to accomodate rib cage and general skeletal growth than 'bust'. The princess seams not only help with fitting but they have also proven to flatter at this stage. All of this 'fitting' has been long distance and has worked so far. I 'sort of' work out the ease on my own based on the type of garment.

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Date: 8/30/13 4:46 AM

Backpack or duffle seems good to me.

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Date: 8/30/13 5:08 AM

Is he using sparring equipment yet? That stuff gets bulky. Bear in mind, the longer you're in it, the more you will put in these bags, too.

Make a duffle bag large enough to hold what amounts to 3 days worth of clothes with shoes. As an adult, I have a med. sized duffle bag stuffed (and I carry water/mouth guard/tape/elbow brace/etc in a separate back pack) but I also have a chest guard he won't have in there. I've used the same Marlboro free one I got like 18 years ago and tbh, I should change to a larger one.

As to geeky/fussy, you know the kid. Is he the type that there are 4 colors in the rainbow (black, grey, blue and green)? Some of the kids (and adults) are way into the motifs, and it can be very cool.

Cotton is a great idea, if it is heavy because the bags get beat up, not only from you using it, but the stuff inside. And it does get stinky, so washing can be necessary.

As to a shoe pocket, you get into it, you have a pair of sandals you wind up wearing that unless you're doing something get tossed into the bag anyway. If there is such an animal, a masculine cosmetic bag would be a better choice since you have mouth guards and other odds and ends you wind up with.

I am probably looking at it from a too adult point of view, but it doesn't take long for the stuff to accumulate.

Another question to think about is is this for class or competition/equipment? I have all this for the testing/sparring, but usually all I bring to class is a small string bag to keep my jewelry, keys, elbow brace, lotion, wallet and water in. And whatever clothes I showed up in/my uniform and sports bra. (Another freebie I picked up somewhere and am too cheap/lazy to do anything cool with.)

What it's for in general will help a lot. Class bag only? A string bag is fine. If you want it to grow with him, a duffle may be a better choice. But be warned, most people that take it don't change bags since you know which it is and wind up grabbing and going, so you're likely to see this used until he's 12 or 13.

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Date: 8/30/13 12:00 PM

SandiMacD, thank you. Would love to make a garment but I get it about the busy, busy family. Making a bag will be easier on the mom.

Kwaaked, thank you so much. I looked around online and saw the two different bags you described. I'll start with a class bag out of the dragon fabric. It will be easy to identify and I know he will like it. He's a very cool and enduring youngster.

I hadn't considered a competition bag. If he doesn't have to carry a special 'martial art school bag' to competitions I can have some fun at the embroidery machine making a competition bag.

After reading your comments I will be sure that both bags can grow up with him. And, I will beef up the construction to be sure the bags last as long as he wants to use them. Also will make the string bag large enough to accommodate his stuff now that I have your input.

I'll toss in the male type cosmetic bags, some personalized water bottle cuffs and sweat towels and make it a nice big package. Thank you again for kick starting me in the right direction.

Whew, thank goodness you have really got me thinking now - if I make the string bag reversible to plain black with a simple embroidery he can choose what makes him happiest.


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