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Date: 1/16/14 0:36 AM

I want to make this dress for my 3.5yo.
http://www.simplicity.com/p-6795-burda-style-dress.aspx

She is large for age.
Her measurements are:
Height: 106cm
Bust: 56cm
Waist: 56cm
Hip: 59cm

I know I need to make the dress big enough for her torso. The size chart shows the size that fits her waist best is size 7 which has a waist measure of 56.5cm. 7 is also the largest size in the pattern I have. I know I could use a bit of the seam allowance to make some grow room for her but would I want to trace the seam a bit wider instead?

Size 7 has a bust of 62 and a height of 122 which means presumably the bust and height of the dress would be too long for her. Why are the bust sizes so much bigger than waist when so many kids have more even torsos? Are these 'international' charts accurate?

What to do? I don't have experience adjusting patterns yet but could give it a go. Do I just shorten the length and also reduce the bust a little when tracing off the pattern?

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Date: 1/16/14 5:44 AM

Anyone? Should I just abandon this pattern and use one that fits around the bust and then goes aline from there? I have one of those patterns as well.

Keen to try something different though. The pattern in question was one I picked up at an op shop so no biggie if it's better not to use it.

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Date: 1/16/14 6:43 AM

Quote: Mangosteen25
I want to make this dress for my 3.5yo.

http://www.simplicity.com/p-6795-burda-style-dress.aspx She is large for age.
Her measurements are:
Height: 106cm
Bust: 56cm
Waist: 56cm
Hip: 59cm
I know I need to make the dress big enough for her torso. The size chart shows the size that fits her waist best is size 7 which has a waist measure of 56.5cm. 7 is also the largest size in the pattern I have. I know I could use a bit of the seam allowance to make some grow room for her but would I want to trace the seam a bit wider instead?

Size 7 has a bust of 62 and a height of 122 which means presumably the bust and height of the dress would be too long for her. Why are the bust sizes so much bigger than waist when so many kids have more even torsos? Are these 'international' charts accurate?

What to do? I don't have experience adjusting patterns yet but could give it a go. Do I just shorten the length and also reduce the bust a little when tracing off the pattern?

My DGD is also 3.5 years old and is tall with similar measurements as your DD. I sew my DG's clothes without being able to try them on, so I choose styles that aren't fitted around her waist. In Dec, my GD's height was 105cms, waist was 57cms, I think her chest was similar, although I didn't check her chest then, as I was sewing a circular skirt for her - she discovered twirling !!

For this Burda dress, I would choose the chest size and alter the length to suit, as there are pleats and volume to cover the waist and hips. You could cut a bodice muslin and test for size.
As a rough guide, I would start with a size 4, this is the size I am sewing with ATM for my DGD.
If you trace the size off the original pattern, the next sizes will be able to use in future or if you need to start with say, size 5.

HTH's

Edited to say ~ ~ check the pattern for the finished measurements. I can't remember if Burda print them on envelope patterns.




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Date: 1/16/14 7:16 AM

I'd suggest comparing the measurements of the pattern pieces to your daughter's measurements in key places. Given the style of the dress, I would pick the size that most closely matches her shoulder and chest measurements, and torso length. The skirt is loose so shouldn't be a problem (but check the pattern pieces just to be sure). The length of the dress can easily be adjusted once the rest is put together.

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Date: 1/17/14 2:12 AM

I agree the patterns bear little resemblance to children. I remember sewing a size 7 for my 12 year old lengthening it 6"-8" but it fit her shoulders and chest well. I didn't even need to alter the sleeve except for length. Generally it seems that tops and dresses are best started with the right chest size while pants and skirts work best with the right hip size as that will better reflect the thigh size than the waist measurement does. I do remember adding some of the length to the bodice if there was a empire seam to make it look right on her longer torso. It seems like it ought to be about 1/3 of the way to the waist.

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Date: 1/17/14 11:22 AM

Take a dress that fits her nicely, turn it inside out and lay it on the pattern pieces and compare. That's the easiest way to figure out what size. I did this when my kids were young and now I do it when I sew for my grandkids. (all 7 of them)

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