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Altering shirt pattern for thin 13-yr-old boy
How to alter boy's/men's shirt pattern for thin boy
AC99
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Date: 5/1/11 6:09 PM

Help! I am attempting to make a regular button-up shirt for my grandson, who is very thin (ADHD meds) and about 5', 3" tall. He is in between the Boy's size Large and Men's size Small on the pattern I'd like to use (27" chest on Boy's large and 34" chest on Men's small - His chest is 30"). I think the boy's pattern is closer in width, but will still have to be enlarged chest and hem. Would it be best to draw a straight line from shoulder to hem front and back and add the width there? I could adjust a men's size small, but that would have to be reduced even more. Either way I am looking at several pattern alterations. I can manage length alterations, but the width is much harder. I do plan to do a muslin first and send it for fitting as he lives 350 miles away (he loves the fabric I'll be using). Thanks!

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Date: 5/2/11 1:00 PM

I'm hoping somebody else will chime in here, but until then, I'm going to pass along some advice given by a friend on another board. You could try scaling the smaller pattern up (or the larger one down), by following the smallest/largest size on the pattern and drawing in new lines for the size you need.

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Scaling isn't just a matter of adding a bit all round. You have to do it proportionally. Look at where the points are on the pattern pieces and measure the distance between the points. Lay your ruler along the line of points and add your new size or two. Join up the dots - keeping lines and curves correct and crossing where they do on the original.


I know there are some other threads on here with similar advice (and at least one link to an awesome tutorial with pictures).

Good luck!

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Date: 5/2/11 2:23 PM

do some flat pattern measuring to find out the finished garment measurement. it's possible that boy's large might be pretty close. some patterns have quite a bit of design ease.

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Date: 5/2/11 3:27 PM

I think a good fit in the shoulders and back is probably the most important consideration.

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Date: 5/2/11 3:34 PM

Jalie shirt

This has sizes from about a boy's size 2 up to large men's sizing.

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Date: 5/2/11 5:13 PM

I second the Jalie. Over the years, as my sons grew up, I've used many of the sizes. I'd size for the shoulders--the rest is easy to take in or let out wherever it's needed. And remember to check for length--I always had to add to sleeves and body for my boys.

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Date: 5/2/11 7:09 PM

Thanks for your help!

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Date: 5/2/11 7:10 PM

Thanks for your help!!

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Date: 5/2/11 7:11 PM

Thanks!!

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In reply to Michelle T


Date: 5/2/11 7:11 PM

I ordered that one yesterday, it looks like one I can use for him and get the fit right. Thanks!!

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