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Date: 9/2/11 1:31 PM

okay, out of curiosity, because my girls aren't THAT that far away from developing, I've noticed that the girls/boys sizes are for kidz who haven't yet started developing.

so. . . what about a young girl who has started early development, she's still in girls sizes but shes developing definite A cups. would there need to be changes? I'm just curious because i have noticed that there aren't a lot of older gir/junior sizes for sewing patterns. any ideas would be much appreciated.

especially cuz I have someone who has had Pre-breasts since like 2. and i started developing breasts since I was 8, everyone said it was fat - yeah . . . it wasn't. so ideas would be great. thanx.

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Date: 9/2/11 1:56 PM

How big is she everywhere else? If she can fit into small womens sizes it won't be a problem. If she is really tiny you might wind up doing FBA's on the larger girl sizes.

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Date: 9/2/11 2:10 PM

thanx for satisfying my curiosity. it hasn't happened yet, but is still around the corner. thanx.

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Date: 9/4/11 11:20 PM

Styling is another factor in determining if you choose a pattern in a girl's size range or juniors.

My oldest daughter was in no hurry to grow up. She looked about the same as she does today (age 32); but wore thick socks and flat shoes. She didn't want to try sheer hosiery and pumps with a little heel. Then when she did put on the more womanly items she looked too grown up. I saw men checking her out after she had walked past them and I wanted to murder them!!

Our other daughter declared in kindergarten that she would no longer wear a smocked dress. She was right, too. She looked her best in something more sophisticated. At the time (1987) she had a cotton dress with a peplum, straight skirt and a belt of wide elastic with ribbon roses on it. It suited her figure type and personality.

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Date: 9/5/11 4:31 AM

I have an 11 year old daughter that is at "this" stage too. Interestingly, when I took her measurements she wasn't that far off a size 8 in the ladies patterns. I am about to start using my existing patterns to sew for her. Yes, I will have to make some alterations but I always do for myself so that isn't anything new for me.
I will pick out some patterns that aren't too grown up and also well covered and appropriate for age.

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Date: 9/5/11 8:17 AM

My young friend who is at that stage looks good in a top with an empire seam & gathered bust area. Just that little bit of ease in the gathers is more comfortable. She finds that the developing chest is very sensitive, as well as feeling a bit self-conscious, and she doesn't like having close fitting clothes. She can wear a size 8 or 10 ladies RTW (she's 11 years old).

The biggest issue was her hips changed shape quite quickly & her girls pants just didn't fit any more.

Ottobre magazine is where we found a couple of patterns that worked for her.

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Date: 9/5/11 1:49 PM

okay thanx. probably as they get older, I'll switch them to like a western version of salwar kameez and make them baggy pants and long dartless tuniics probably.

yes, I think I remember, NOT so fondly the breast pain of growing up, lol.

and yes, my hips turned out quite fast too. but i figure with baggy type of salwars or pants with pull-on waist - that fit really isn't too much of a problem. I keep their clothes loose now because they all have NOTICABLE sway backs, I prefer to keep it modest so it doesn't attract bad attention as is, lol.

but thanx for the info about style.

one of my daughters is girly girl and would love to wear skirts and dress and jewelry all day.

the other daughter of mine is just fine in sporty pull on workout-type pants and t-shirts. so . . . there you go, lol.

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Date: 9/5/11 3:49 PM

And what they like today may totally change tomorrow. Tween was the hardest age for both of my girls.

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Date: 9/5/11 6:17 PM

oh, uh oh. he he

well, they don't necessarily LIKE tunics right now. they more or less like any style I make them as long as the print is pretty.

they are a bit like me - i mostly just wore whatever my mom got me and my taste in clothes didn't differ 2 much from what she got me as I developed so . . . . hoping, lol.

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