|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.