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Posted on: 7/19/04 4:20 PM
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Sew and Grow

As we moms know, kids grow way too quickly, and some times itís such a shame to see a great sewing project worn a few times before it has to be discarded because itís too short or snug. Sew and Grow for Girls: Armed with a pattern one to two sizes larger than the current size, and eye hooks and tie belt you can get extra wear out of tops and dresses. Choose a pattern with a large lower neckline, either sleeveless or with full, wide sleeves that can be rolled or turned over and double hemmed or with a hem that you can add a contrasting length to the sleeve for growth in the future. Choose a fuller style that compliments a longer than usual length for the child. See my review of pattern 6493. During sewing, add a long tie belt to the back sides. Once made try on the child, and mark where you need to fold over the fabric for fit now under the arms, sewn on eye hooks to pin the folds down in the back, then tie the belt over this to cover. The hooks can be moved out as need for growth or removed when the full width is needed.

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LunaCat said...
This is a great tip, and if you look carefully at some of the supplies in the fabric stores, they now have decorative hooks and eyes, that can be left open without the belt. Another pretty way to soften the folds, especially in the back, is to use a decorative "frog" - the chinese type closure. Get a small one, and it looks very pretty on the backside of a dress or skirt, without the need for tie belts or 'bows', as my daughter just hates bows on her backside!
8/12/04 7:13 AM
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