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Date: 10/25/07 7:36 AM

Maybe I should know this or just wing it, but I wanted to ask the PatternReview people.

My child is going to be a beekeeper for Halloween. I need a white coverall outfit. FamilyFun.com shows an adult beekeeper with painter's coveralls, which is incredibly clever. I'm willing to do long white shirt with white pants. Unfortunately, I cannot find children's white pants any where, and I don't want to make a pair. Can I buy a pair of ladies small scrub pants, or the coveralls, and sew it down to a child's size? My kid is seven, tall and lanky.

Thanks so much.
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Date: 10/25/07 9:47 AM

I can't see much, if any, difference between altering pants or making new ones. Probably best to get the smallest size drawstring pants you can, tape up the hems and cinch them at the waist. To take them in you'd need to undo seams at the waistband and restitch it. The crotch seam is sewn in two directions, so you'd have to disassemble that too. Just not worth it.

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Date: 10/25/07 11:24 AM

Yeah, you're probably right, Stitchology. I was looking for an easy way out. It wouldn't take long to make a pair of pull-on elastic waistband pants. Thanks for the reply.

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Date: 10/25/07 1:20 PM

Years ago in a sewing book (the title of which escapes me) I remember seeing this idea:

1) Lay out the adults pants flat and with the side seams neat
2) Lay a child pair of pants that already fit on top. Line up the crotch seam and the inside leg seams of both pairs of pants.
3) Trace off the child pants to the adult pants and add a outside leg seam allowance
4) Trace off the waist from the kid pants and add a waist seam allowance.
5) Sew up the "new" side seams on the kids pants and add elastic to the waist.

Basically you use the original inside leg seams and crotch seam of the adult pants for the kid pants.

I thought that was kind of clever!

Phyllis

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Date: 10/25/07 1:24 PM

That is very clever! Thanks so much Phyllis. I am going to try this!

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Date: 10/28/07 2:27 PM

I'm an RN and they make kid-sized scrubs. Any scrub shop should have them, or you can look on line. My favorite online scrub store is AllHeart.com.

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