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Date: 5/18/14 7:49 PM

I've always liked to sew for my DGD and up until now fitting her wasn't really an issue. At 11, she's tall and large boned; also just starting to develop and a little overweight. She wants me to make her some dresses, but I'm having problems finding patterns to fit her. Her measurements would put her in a misses size 14 pattern, but of course it's not going to fit her correctly. The shoulders and neck are too big; she has a chest measurement - not a bust; and her waist is bigger than the pattern. And buying her a dress is impossible too - for the same reasons.

She wants me to make her something like this:


I would like to have a dress with princess seams as I think that would be easier to fit and be more flattering to her.

Does anyone sew for pre-teen girls who are too big for girls patterns but not shaped to fit misses patterns? I need help

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Date: 5/18/14 8:34 PM

I have a 12 year old and it is hard to find patterns. My dd is petite and narrow in the chest and shoulders, but does have some breast development. Her waistband hip measurements are not very different, so she not so curvy as a woman.

Jalie is a good pattern line as there is a large range of sizes from toddler to plus sized in each pattern. I have had more luck modifying European lines like Burda, Ottobre, and Onion. Knits are easiest to modify. For my dd I have to make petite adjustments in several places and narrow shoulder adjustments and modify the neckline usually as they are too big for her. I think Fit for Real People deals with modifications of a misses pattern for a preteen so if you have access to that book it may be helpful.
Another source could be vintage junior patterns. I wish my dd was into a vintage look: possibly looks from the 60s and 70s could be modernized...
This 70s pattern for instance

The Lady Skater dress is similar in look to the dress in the photo--it looks like it would be easy to adjust and modify to sleeveless. It is for a knit fabric, but a knit lace would work as an overlay.

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Date: 5/18/14 9:01 PM

I wonder if any of the lekala patterns for girls would work? There are fewer measurements that can be input (versus women's patterns) but it might be worth a try.

ETA: actually, maybe one of the women's patterns would work better, since you can input all of her measurements
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Date: 5/18/14 9:33 PM

I used the Collette Laurel pattern for my tween granddaughter. She doesn't have a waist yet, so we needed to steer clear of that. I pulled up the shoulder seam one full SA (and brought the neckline and armholes down a bit) and then the bust darts sat right where they were supposed to on her.

ETA - I used the size 0 for her. And I guess I should add the pictures with the review. (Note: She is standing kind of funny and the more I tried to get her to be natural, the worse it got - so I just gave up and took a picture ) Review
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-- Edited on 5/18/14 9:38 PM --

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Date: 5/19/14 4:52 AM

I'm interested in how everyone resolves this as DD and I have the same dilemma. My 11 year old has asked me to make her Year 6 (yes, really) formal dress, and a cursory look through all available patterns for girls (up to 14) met with snorts of derision and "I'd rather wear a paper bag over my head." She told me what sort of design she wanted and I found a close match in a Misses pattern. DD is tall with a very athletic build, broad shoulders, tiny breasts that won't fit into a cup, tiny waist and long muscly legs. I will be sewing the smallest size but will have to make all sorts of adjustments because she is a zero cup size but with a broad back and shoulders. It will be interesting. The torso I can shorten but resolving the upper body fittting issues will no doubt be a bit of a challenge.

And here's my rant. I agreed with DD about the dagginess of tween patterns out there. They don't match the grooviness of RTW designer tween wear. Everything we saw was really aimed at a much younger market (like 6) graded up. Tweens today are very switched on and savvy andwant to look good in the clothes we sew for them. Is there an indie company that caters for them? It would be quite a niche market to fill if there isn't.

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Date: 5/19/14 6:16 AM

Perhaps PaperCut or Named patterns?

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Date: 5/19/14 7:21 AM

I'll be watching this.

My stepdaughter is 12 but still has that preteen plumpness...no real bust measurement or waist definition. Too big for girls but too small (and without curves) for misses. And she's really short. I feel bad that to date I can't sew for her.

And since Michelle mentioned it, for $2.49 I'd totally give Lekala a try.

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My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 5/19/14 8:51 AM

Thank you for your suggestions. I looked at Simplicity & see that they have a few "girls plus" size patterns. DGD said she like this one, so I'm going to give it a try:

There's a couple more that might also work, although the largest size is still a little small for her so I'll have to increase them.

I found that McCall's has a basic princess seam dress in misses. I'm going to pick it up and see if I can make that work for her.

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Date: 5/19/14 5:35 PM

Some of the Burda Kids patterns go up to 13 or 14 jr; some are more sophisticated than most of the Big 4 girls' patterns.

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Date: 5/19/14 5:51 PM

We made the Simp pattern today - the sleeveless dress. The largest size (16-1/2) is just big enough. My DGD likes it as a casual summer dress.

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