SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Platinum Sponsor
Fashion Fabrics Club
Fashion Fabrics Club

Forum > Fitting Woes > waist to mid-calf measurement for preteens? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
waist to mid-calf measurement for preteens?
using Winifred Aldrich draft to make skirts for Ethiopian charity
Sew Whatever
star
Sew Whatever  Friend of PR
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 5/24/10
Posts: 842
Send Message

      



Date: 12/5/12 5:12 PM

Not sure if this is the right place, but I am doing some skirts for the children my friend works with in Ethiopia. They get alot of clothing for under 10 y. o. children, but not much for 10 and up.

I have drafted a skirt with a bit of waist shaping on the hip, but have followed directions for spreading the pattern to be a gathered waist. No problems there. I have even added pockets, cause you know pockets are crucial at that age.

But I need some advice from someone with girls between 10 and 15. My friend said they prefer their skirts about mid-calf. I haven't got any young people round here to measure. The children aren't as developed as western children, so I am looking for measurements for girls in smaller sizes.

Anyone with girls who could help? I need waist to knee and waist to mid-calf. I am making a couple 'prototypes' to send and get a bit more feedback.
Thanks ever so!

------
Sandy in the UK
A practitioner of the Chop, Chop, Sew, Sew method of sewing
(otherwise known as Make It Up in Your Head!)

jenleeC
star
jenleeC  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Western Australia Australia
Member since 6/4/11
Posts: 1032
Send Message

      



In reply to Sew Whatever <<


Date: 12/5/12 5:37 PM

I have two girls, 12 and 15. Both are slim, the 15 year old particularly so as she is a ballet dancer, but neither are tall. I will take some measurements later and post them here for you (early hours here in OZ so both asleep in bed!).

Having made costumes with calf length circle skirts, I also have measurements for a group of ballet dancers (girls around 11-13) so I am happy to send you those as well. It would be easier to send these as an excel spreadsheet than to type them in on PR. The measurements are in cm, but I can probably convert them to imperial. If this is of interest please PM me with your email and I can send them directly to you.

------
Jenny, Perth, WA

Sew Whatever
star
Sew Whatever  Friend of PR
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 5/24/10
Posts: 842
Send Message

      



In reply to jenleeC <<


Date: 12/5/12 6:05 PM

Oh that would be wonderful. If you have a range of measurements, even waist and hip, I would feel more confident about going ahead. I am going by the standard measurement chart in the book.

I am not a PR friend, so I think you have to PM me for me to PM you back. If that is not any hardship for you.

And whenever time is good for you will be fine for me. I am about to go to bed here in the UK. So I will check the message centre in the morning. Thanks so much.

------
Sandy in the UK
A practitioner of the Chop, Chop, Sew, Sew method of sewing
(otherwise known as Make It Up in Your Head!)

jenleeC
star
jenleeC  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Western Australia Australia
Member since 6/4/11
Posts: 1032
Send Message

      



In reply to Sew Whatever <<


Date: 12/5/12 8:28 PM

I have sent you a PM.

------
Jenny, Perth, WA

Sew Whatever
star
Sew Whatever  Friend of PR
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 5/24/10
Posts: 842
Send Message

      



In reply to jenleeC <<


Date: 12/6/12 6:27 AM

thanks! and now I have sent you my email.
Thanks for being so helpful.

One of the things I am concerned about is the amount of ease I have added for making it gathered. I have made up one of the skirts I cut. While it is gathered, it is not 'full' so I am hoping it will not restrict movement too much being midcalf length. I know they like to run and play.

I will probably make the rest a bit more flared. For this one, I used the straight skirt draft w/out darts and added 5 cm (10 cm alltogether) on the back, and 3 cm (6 alltogether) on the front.

I will get a better idea I guess when I find out the proper length.
anyway, thanks again.

------
Sandy in the UK
A practitioner of the Chop, Chop, Sew, Sew method of sewing
(otherwise known as Make It Up in Your Head!)

gramma b
star
gramma b
USA
Member since 7/25/08
Posts: 3015
Send Message

      



Date: 12/6/12 7:56 AM

I have these measurements for the length of the pillowcase-type dresses (Little Dresses for Africa) from the chest down, not the straps:
Our size:
2-16"
4-22"
6-26"
8-30" etc.
You might be interested in Kidmia and Seed Adoption, where a relative is a board member. They are both agencies building in-country orphan villages and facilitating adoptions by their own citizens. Wonderful photos online.

Sew Whatever
star
Sew Whatever  Friend of PR
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 5/24/10
Posts: 842
Send Message

      



In reply to gramma b <<


Date: 12/6/12 9:33 AM

Hi Thanks,
I asked my friend about those kind of dresses and she says it is very nice for people to send them, but their people don't like them. Some were sent to them, but they just didn't work for them. So, skirts are better. They need to wear a top with them anyway to be decent...and often wear trousers underneath as well.

So, the organisation took them to a tailor who made them into gathered skirts for the younger children. She said if people wanted to send the pillow cases, in the first instance, they could have the tailor make them into gathered skirts.

This is the Abraham's Oasis charity. Like I said, she is needing skirts and shorts (for the boys) for the pre-teens and some older girls.

So I am using some of the nicer lightweight fabrics in my stash. They need it to be lightweight, even in the chillier rainy season because then things never do get dry! That's when they wear trousers under the skirts. They are in a mountain area and it is chillier during the rainy season.

------
Sandy in the UK
A practitioner of the Chop, Chop, Sew, Sew method of sewing
(otherwise known as Make It Up in Your Head!)

jenleeC
star
jenleeC  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Western Australia Australia
Member since 6/4/11
Posts: 1032
Send Message

      



In reply to Sew Whatever <<


Date: 12/6/12 11:09 AM

I have sent you some measurement by email. Hope they help.

Regarding the skirt fullness, my Winifred Aldrich for Children and Babywear suggests that a 'very full skirt' can be 3xhip measurement. For a 'slightly gathered skirt' she adds about 12cm altogether on both the front and the back width.

------
Jenny, Perth, WA

Sew Whatever
star
Sew Whatever  Friend of PR
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 5/24/10
Posts: 842
Send Message

      



In reply to jenleeC <<


Date: 12/6/12 12:04 PM

Thanks so much Jenny! You are a star.

I will look in my WA children's book again I think I will add more to the width, especially with the length.

I think my additions would have been fine if it were to the knee. but when I got the first one sewn up, I realised it wouldn't be easy to run around in. they might save it for going to church on Sunday. Or just give it to a smaller child.

Funnily enough, I am less worried about the shorts for boys, having made simple ones for my son when he was young.

------
Sandy in the UK
A practitioner of the Chop, Chop, Sew, Sew method of sewing
(otherwise known as Make It Up in Your Head!)

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Fitting Woes >> waist to mid-calf measurement for preteens?

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Create a Jacket Muslin
Create a Jacket Muslin

Register

Sew a Designer Unlined Jacket
Sew a Designer Unlined Jacket

Register

Islander Sewing Systems Men's Designer Dress Shirt Pattern

Islander Sewing Systems Men's Designer Dress Shirt Pattern

Buy Now
SewBaby The Twirly Dress Pattern

SewBaby The Twirly Dress Pattern

Buy Now

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.