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Are girls sizes true to RTW?
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Date: 2/11/14 4:38 PM

Hi everyone!

I'm going to attempt my first children's sewing project for my goddaughter. She is 10 and wears a size 8 in ready to wear (she's quite small!). I was just going to sew a size 8 from the package but then realized if I were to sew up my RTW size from a pattern it would be way too small and I didn't know if this trend continued to children's as well.

I don't have her dimensions on hand so I'm hoping someone can help me out with a best guess as to what her size would be in the sewing pattern world.

I'm considering making her Junior Bridesmaid dress (formal dress options for girls in stores are horrible IMO!) and I want to throw together a muslin before I go home and see her! This is the dress I'm considering.

Thanks so much!!
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Date: 2/11/14 4:44 PM

Burda is similar to RTW in fit. For the average child, you select the size that corresponds with her height in centimeters. If a child is thinner or wider than average for her height, select the length of the pattern by height and the width by waist/chest measurement.

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Date: 2/12/14 6:58 PM

Thanks! Now I have to figure out how tall she is.... :)
All I know is that she is short haha
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Date: 2/13/14 8:23 AM

There is a lot of variation in the sizing of children's patterns too, but Kim is right about Burda, they are close to RTW, but are also slim fitting. From what I know of using Burda I would suggest sewing the 134cm size which is approx age 9 for the muslin and you may only need to alter the length.

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