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Jenniel73
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Date: 1/14/14 8:01 PM

I am so frustrated with pattern fitting for my 8 year old daughter! If I go by her measurements in pants those come out WAY too big! But tops/shirts I make based on packaging measurements the tops are wayyyyy too small! I'm using all knit/stretch fabric. With the tops maybe it is because I'm splitting the difference in measurements? Her height is 55 inches (that would be a size 10) her chest 27 inches (that would be a size 8) and her belly is 29 inches (that would be size 16). What the heck to I do? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Date: 1/14/14 8:13 PM

Fit the pattern to her shoulders and make a prominent abdomen adjustment for her midsection. There's a thread about prominent abdomen adjustments in the Sewing Techniques and Tips forum.

Fit the pants according to her hips and adjust for the large midsection.

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Date: 1/14/14 8:55 PM

Are you using children patterns?
Could you show us a picture of what
Your sewing?

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Date: 1/15/14 1:08 PM

I am using children's patterns. I have a mccalls pattern for a basic t-shirt which I traced onto tag board as a size 12 I believe and it is still too small around her chest/shoulders. Granted she and I are VERY similar and are BOTHERED by any cutting in the back shoulder or armpit area so we like our tops/tees either very stretchy or loose. I think the belly is another part of the problem and I will check the thread about belly adjustments. I purchase several vintage patterns (mccalls, simplicity) that after transferring to tag board I can now tell are going to be entirely too small! I will post some photos when I get home from work.

As far as pants go, I do try and match her booty which measures almost 32 inches. A recent attempt at a standard mccalls kids pattern had me making a 12 - which in RTW fits but she was swimming in them!!!

so tired of loosing fabric!

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Date: 1/15/14 1:15 PM

Debbie has the best suggestions for the alterations.

Vintage patterns are slimmer - those were the days before fast foods and 24/7 TV - not that these are the reasons for your daughter's fitting issues.

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Date: 1/15/14 1:18 PM

Have you tried patterns from Jalie or Ottobre?

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Date: 1/15/14 1:51 PM

I have been sewing for my now 11 yr old grandson for 8 yrs using Sarah's basic patterns:
http://plussizechildren.com/
You can get a top and pant and then use them as the basis to design all sorts of clothes. Sort of like a sloper. I really like that the shoulders, waist and hip fit so well- nothing in RTW or other patterns comes close.

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Date: 1/15/14 2:03 PM

Go up one size in width leave it a size 12
Length may that will help you.

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Date: 1/15/14 2:04 PM

Compare the pattern pieces to clothing that already fits. It helps if you turn the clothing inside out, that will help with the SA. My daughters were all very slim with long torsos, and that's how I figured out what size. I also loved Stretch and Sew patterns, I'm using the same ones for my grandkids. You can pick them up at thrift stores, ebay and Etsy.

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Date: 1/15/14 2:38 PM

It might be time to do muslins. That is inexpensive fabric that you then adjust on the body to get a nice fit. Then you transfer the changes to your final pattern. Saves a lot of heartbreak.

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