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Date: 12/19/10 8:02 PM

hello, all!

I am in the middle of what I thought would not be much of a project, but which is turning into a challenge. Just ownderin gif anyone has any pointers?

I am in the beginning stages of Simplicity 2778. It is a very cute pattern which my daughter fell in love with. The pattern only comes up to a size 8, which I thought would be very simple to lengthen to fit her. On the chart, she fits between a 6 and 7 in the chest and waist. Her waist length is off the chart (perhaps a 10 or 12). She is basically a short and very skinny 13 year old. the jacket is unlined, which I thought woul dmake it just that much easier to alter :)

Here is my issue... though according to the package, an 8 should be plenty big enough, is it not. The bodice is small (not just short as I expected) and the sleeve is tight. we opened the sleeve hole bigger by cutting it down the middle and adding 2 inches... we also added an inch to the top of the bodice front and back. That seemed to help our problem greatly. We still need to add an inch or so to the middle front. I am worried that I am working us into a pickle, however, as I realised we will then need to alter the collar and the hood to fit the new neckline.

I thought about tossing the pattern and using a different one that comes in a 12... but she loves the exposed seams of sherpa on the front... I can't find any other pattern resembling it at all...

So, is it possible for me to re-draft the collar and hood as well? Any tips in doig this?

Would it be easier to pick a new pattern and use blocking (cut the pattern in several places to create the look of the Simplicity pattern?

We have not touched the Sherpa yet, btw! we have only pinned tissue and cut into scrap fabric and basted to determine fit... I really want to make sure we know what we are doing before we cut into this $25 a yard stuff!

Any advice would be welcome... I would rate our household sewing skills at moderate... I have made many things, quilt some, am teaching a sewing class... but have limited drafting or altering skills... My eldest daughter is probably at least as experienced as I am, and has been the chief pusher in our renovations to this pattern...

Thanks in advanced!

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Subject: help altering a girls coat pattern Date: 12/19/10 9:43 PM

I would say get the size 12 other pattern but do your seams in the manner of the first pattern.


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