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Pattern adjustments for girls, which size to start with?
Can a waist be increased by 4 1/2 inches?
TheSewingGirl
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Date: 2/2/10 9:52 PM

I am going to make flower girl dresses for my granddaughters. I have chosen McCalls 5795

If I choose the pattern by the breast size, I will need to add 3 1/2" to one waist, and 4 1/2" to the other waist. Back length waist will also need to be lengthened by 1 1/2" for one and 1 3/4" for the other.

Is this an extreme amount to try to add?

Oh, btw, the wedding is April 24th. Should I panic yet??

Thanks,
Michelle
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Date: 2/2/10 11:38 PM

what ages are your grand daughters. In making the dress you shouldn't have to add anything. This is what I do. when making a flower girl dress. I make a muslum of the top. If you need to add inches do it with the muslium. The dress part of the dress you can add more to the sides and the lenght of the dress. I looked at the pattern It looks like it multsize.
The first size of the pattern is 3-7 the second size is 8-14.
chose the right size including the waist measurements
have fun sewing them

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Date: 2/3/10 0:07 AM

Yes, you can definitely add this much to a waist. What you do is distribute the inches all the way around. So to add 4 1/2 inches, you would had 3/4 to each side piece. This would add 1 1/2 to each front and each back for a total of 3 inches added. then you would add 1/4 to where you cut the front on the fold to get an extra 1/2 and then add 1/2 to the back center pieces to get the final 1. 3 + 1/2 + 1 = 4 1/2 inches added.

Make sure you adjust the facings to match and add extra fabric at the bottom of the sleeves to fit the extra space.

One thing to remember is that these patterns allow for a ton of ease (run large!) so I'd make up a muslin of one top only just to see how much you really need to add. You may be surprised that you only need to add an inch or two.

If you are starting now, you will be easily able to finish these by April. Good luck!!! :0)
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Date: 2/3/10 0:28 AM

Quote: cindysewsaz
One thing to remember is that these patterns allow for a ton of ease (run large!) so I'd make up a muslin of one top only just to see how much you really need to add. You may be surprised that you only need to add an inch or two.


EXACTLY what I was thinking! You definitely should NOT trust the envelope recommendations for the Big 4 (how apropos!) when it comes to kids' patterns. Do some flat pattern msmts so you know what size to start with and then a muslin, imo.

Eve

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Date: 3/27/10 9:23 AM

How did you do with this? I'm also making flower girl dresses and needed to make major adjustments in length of the top and needed to narrow the top. Would love to see your finished product.

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Date: 3/27/10 11:11 AM

We should start a 'major alterations for flower girl dresses - ARE WE INSANE!' sew along.

I am taking an ADULT pattern and sizing it down for a 7 and 9 year old and it is only the 2nd woven fabric dress I have sewn!
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Date: 3/27/10 3:47 PM

McCall's do carry generous ease. In the patterns I've used from them I've had to take in a couple of inches. Simplicity girl patterns have so much ease that I've taken in like 4 inches from their patterns. My daughter is usually right on their measurements they give for girl sizing.

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In reply to TheSewingGirl

Date: 3/27/10 4:10 PM

thesewingGirl
Hows the flower girl dresses coming. we would love to see them.

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