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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > Looking for an adult smock pattern... ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 11/2/09 12:22 PM

I'm looking for an adult smock pattern to make some smocks for my husband's aunt. She is mentally handicapped and has some dexterity and balance issues, so I definitely don't want her trying to tie or button anything behind her back. Because she is petite yet obese, correct sizing can be very difficult. For those reasons, I think the side-tie style would be the best for her. But I'm having trouble finding patterns.

I found an Indygo Junction pattern that might work (IJ731) but I wish it wasn't a "half back" style. I love the look of this one (IJ819) and might consider converting it into a side tie or velcro closure, keeping the front buttons as well, but I'm not at all experienced in altering patterns and am afraid it would be harder than I expect and wouldn't be pretty. Any suggestions?

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Date: 11/2/09 12:30 PM

Courtney, great idea on converting to a side velcro closure. Instead of sewing up the side seam, add some extra to the seam allowances on one side to make it as wide as your velcro. Then you can just finish the raw edges and stitch on some velcro at the top (don't put a whole strip down the seam, it would be too difficult to open. You could sew the front button opening closed & just sew on the buttons decoratively and eliminate the buttonholes!

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Date: 11/2/09 1:26 PM

The only thing about doing it that way is that it wouldn't allow any leeway for fit. I was actually thinking about making wider "ties" with a velcro patch on the end, either to attach to another "tie" or to one on the front. I know that a petite XL is not big enough for her and I want to make sure I build in lots of "room." If she was easier to fit I'd definitely be doing it the way you mentioned, because that's the cutest AND the easiest to get on/off.
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Date: 11/2/09 1:28 PM

And thanks for mentioning that I shouldn't put the Velcro in a solid strip all the way down, because I'm pretty sure I would have never thought of that issue!

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Date: 11/2/09 4:39 PM

Bumping this up in case anyone else has a pattern suggestion!

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Date: 11/3/09 8:53 AM

Courtney -

Simplicity has a pattern that you might consider - it's more of a "bibs" than a smocks, without any side closure. I guess it depends on how long you need it to be.

S2687

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Date: 11/3/09 3:52 PM

Thanks, I'll check that one out!

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Date: 11/4/09 3:09 AM

How about Kwik Sew 3320 View A - this has a full back. It has a wrap around tie that could either be (1) shortened and velcro put on the ends to join in the front after wrapping (to avoid tying) or (2) have short ties on both the front and back that fasten with Velcro rather than tie (like the idea you had for side ties). For option (1), you could measure around your aunt's waist and cut off the majority of the tie ends and then maybe put a longer length of the soft side of Velcro on one side of the tie and dots/squares of the scratchy side of Velcro on the other side so that would be easy to fasten.

The pattern KS 3320 is one size fits all. I think the pattern would be forgiving and it should be fine if the front and back sides do not touch but just meet at side Velcro ties. Otherwise, you could measure the pattern piece and you could widen the sides of the front and back, depending on your aunt's size.

A similar idea to the KS 3320 would be for you to convert the IJ731 into a full back pattern (just use the front pattern piece as a template to extend the length).

Kwik Sew 3320
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A couple of other styles to think about, in case you get inspiration when you compile the ideas from everyone:

Kwik Sew 3047
Kwik Sew 3046

Here is a cute Plus Size wrapover front vest that might also be more forgiving in fit if you widen the tie for View A and use Velcro instead of tying:

Kwik Sew 3641

Also, I know you were trying to avoid just having a front closure due to potential fit issues, but if you did decide to make a front button option such as IJ819, you could just use Velcro dots instead of buttons.

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Date: 11/4/09 6:31 AM

Thank you! 3320 view A looks especially promising - and easy! 3641 has a lot of potential as well. I appreciate it!

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