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Date: 8/19/13 9:16 AM

What pattern sizes do you use for average-sized boys and what is waist msmt. for elastic? None here to measure, making PJ pants for some friends out of state. My GK patterns tend to be 5 for a 5-year old etc, but that's as high as I've made. Elastics waists are usually less than pattern sizes, tho they aren't extra skinny.

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Date: 8/19/13 9:18 AM

When my kids were little, I always used Burda patterns as they are sized for height. If you translate their height in inches into centimeters, that is their size. They always fit perfectly, even when skinny or chubby. HTH

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Date: 8/19/13 9:56 AM

If you don't have the child in question handy to measure, ask his parents what size clothes he wears. Then you can go to a children's clothing store with a measuring tape and measure the waist, inseam, etc. of similar garments and compare it to your pattern, adjusting if necessary. I have done this many times.

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Date: 8/19/13 10:49 AM

Might you ask the friends if they can measure waist, hip and outseam length?

Then I would use drawstring elastic at the waist, and lengthen a bit, to accommodate a bit of growth. Those legs (at least both my kids!) seem to grow overnight sometimes...

I'd send you measurements from my kid at about age 7, but he was/is very skinny for his height (at that age he could still wear some of his 2T shorts and pants), so that wouldn't help much!

ETA, from buying clothes for my kids, the sizes can vary quite a bit, even from the same manufacturer. Another thought might be to look for measurement charts (Ottobre or Burda' someone upthread also mentioned Burda) and go from those.
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Date: 8/20/13 9:19 AM

Rule of thumb for off the rack for average size children is one size bigger than age, so that would be size 7 and 10. On the other hand, The big four tend to run large compared to off the rack, so that brings us back to 6 and 8. ( i have grandsons age 6 and 8). I don't know how this translates for yours, mine are fairly average sized. My Ottobre chart says size 110 is comparable to a 5-6 American pattern (43 1/4 inches) and 116 to a 6X (45 1/8 inches) size 134 is close to an 8 (52 1/4 inches) Hope this helps.

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Date: 8/20/13 9:20 PM

Well - my 6-yr old wears a size 7 in RTW clothes.
And my 11-yr old wears a size 8 in RTW clothes, with an occasional 8-10 or 10 thrown in.

RTW clothing sizes are SO all over the place that there is no true rule-of-thumb you can use for them Total PITA that way.

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Date: 8/21/13 10:27 AM

One way to approximate it is to check catalogs (online) for retailers like JC Penney and Lands End. They will have size charts with instructions for getting body measurements. For boys, there are also charts for husky and slim sizes. Height is also on the charts, sometimes weight. If you can get just the height and weight from the parents, you can make a pretty good approximation from the charts.

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Date: 8/23/13 7:05 PM

I always stop by the boys dept with actspe measure to checks waists and seams snd hems. Its a good double check to make sure what I got from their mom is in the same ballpark.

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