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Posted on: 4/20/08 9:24 PM
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I have a six year old granddaughter that is very overweight, and we're trying everything to make her "look" a little taller / a little thinner, and we've found a few things that work pretty well. I'm sure there are others out there that have plus size / overweight children, so I'd like to share a few of our findings. When buying a clothing pattern and fabric for the plus size child, think about what the "appearance" of the finished garment will look like. **Dresses with several rows of elastic sewn at the waistline will appear to thicken the waist and shorten the height, while semi-fitted dresses with vertical line designs and A-line skirts will give a thinner and taller appearance. **Solid colors and vertical lines will heighten the body, while contrasting colors in tops and skirts, as well as big bold prints will shorten it. **Waists seem to expand with wide or conspicuous belts or buckles. **Hips will seem to increase in girth with tight or full skirts. The A-lines or princess style skirts will create a more slimming appearance. There are other items to consider, but these are what we found to be the most obvious, and sometimes easily overlooked.

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fozzy51 said... (10/7/09 1:38 PM) Reply
My grandaughter seems to have problems with purchased clothing so thanks for the advice.
Sarah J Doyle said... (4/28/08 6:32 AM) Reply
Great idea, SewTwin, about letting her pick out hot designs, such as Anthropoligie. She will LOVE to have some of the "hot" designs and will enjoy telling her friends where the design came from. Sometimes adapting some of the current designs to flatter her will come out of the closet more often and be worn more than some that I figure will look better on her.
SewTwin said... (4/24/08 7:40 PM) Reply
Thanks for the comment, and I agree on the more positive comments, the better we feel about ourselves, as on an internet CNN news item today...Unfortunately, I don't think most people think of our perception of ourselves starting at an early age..This is a lucky granddaughter to have an appreciative grandma to sew/design for her..Also, ask her to pick out hot designs, such as Anthropoligie to design/adapt from.Then she can tell friends where she got the design from, whence it will seem less home-sewn.
Sarah J Doyle said... (4/21/08 10:26 PM) Reply
Gore skirts with a little flare at the bottom are great because the lengthwise line of the gore is slimming. There is a free gore skirt pattern at -- with this skirt you'd be using your own measurements to make the pattern, therefore the skirt would fit you, or whoever you're making it for, perfectly.
jeanharville said... (4/21/08 1:07 PM) Reply
What do you think about the gored skirts with a little flare at the bottom?
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