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Sizes listed on patterns especially Simplicity seem off.
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Date: 12/16/08 10:18 PM

I made 2 fleecy baby outfits that were supposed to be small for 1 year old size. The first one came out like 2 year old size and the second one I made smaller then the pattern and even it was still too big. Is this a Simplicity # 9911 thing or is this the case with other patter makers too. I am quickly learning to adjust on these baby things to add extrac color or sew over something to hide a ,mistake...ha.
The only true way would be to have the baby you could measure exactly before ,but no such luck for me.

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Date: 12/17/08 0:07 AM

I have completely quit using the Big 4 for kids' patterns for this very reason. Their sizing is so far off most of the time that it's insane. I decided that I was extremely tired of the hassle (and the unwearable clothing!).

My suggestions for accurate baby/child sizing: Kwik Sew, Ottobre, and Burda. I have Kwik Sew's Sewing for Toddlers (a book w/ master patterns for just about EVERYTHING) and based on my success with those patterns, I would strongly suggest checking out their Sewing for Babies book. It truly has patterns for an entire wardrobe, boy or girl, and the finished products FIT as they should. Good stuff.

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Date: 12/17/08 9:42 AM

I completely agree with Eve. I had the KS Sewing for Babies book, but since my children are out of that size range now, I sold it. It is a great book with great sewing instructions. Well worth the money, however beware the drawings are vintage-y looking and outdated. The same holds true with the Sewing for Toddlers and Sewing for Children books they produce. I'm not sure why they haven't updated them, but the patterns are all basic patterns.

I personally use Kwik Sew and Ottobre for my kids, occassionally Burda too. I like all three and rarely purchase a Big 4 patterns (aka McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick, or Vogue) for my kids anymore because of the ill fit. I will mention that it's important to measure your child before sewing for him/her. My 4.5 year old still fits in the size range of a size 2 in patterns, but I have to lengthen things for his height. It's that same as sewing for yourself, you need to follow the sizing guide to produce something that fits as patterns sizing and RTW sizing are totally different.

Now a little plug for Ottobre. You can do a search on the board for Ottobre, but I will tell you hands down, that is what I sew most for my kids. It's a quarterly magazine which has 40ish patterns for kids from preemie size to full grown teens. The fit is spectacular and they directions are always excellent (they are written only, no pictures). I've been using the magazine for about 4 years now (tho subscribing a bit longer) and it's the best. The fashions are up-to-date, however like Burda World of Fashion magazine you must trace the patterns off of the pattern sheet and add seam allowance. A bit scarey at first, but it really is super easy. Here is the link to their website where you can flip through each magazine, order a subscription, single issue, or back issues ~ Ottobre Design. If you want to try just a single issue, it would be faster to order if from a US retailer. Two places I know of are (BTW, I'm sure there are other places, these are just the two I know of):

Sewzanne's Fabrics
Wooly Thread

Also check eBay!

PM me if you need more info. You can tell I love Ottobre, I have no affiliation, just a loyal fan!

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Date: 12/18/08 12:46 PM

I'll just add my vote for Kwik Sew and Ottobre. I think Eve and Melissa have said it all!

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Date: 12/18/08 3:48 PM

I'll have to say that if you want to even get anywhere NEAR an infant size pattern w/ the big 4 that you would almost have to buy a pattern meant for doll clothes! That's what I did for a bridal shower this month, I had a friend who recently had a preemie...b/c the actual preemie patterns were more along the 6-7 month range - so I used a doll pattern!

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Date: 12/20/08 0:19 AM

i am another ottobre lover.

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Date: 12/20/08 8:42 PM

Thank you for the info. In know my DIL aggast when my 12 month size came out more like 2 year old size. I will check out those books.

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Date: 12/20/08 10:54 PM

I will never figure out pattern companies. Someday, I will order an Ottobre magazine because of the raves here.

In the meantime, the one pattern line that I have found works well for any clothes I make for my 6.5 yo DGD is New Look. I have made several things for her from New Look and have had to make minimal changes.

My .02 worth.

Patti

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