EASY Pattern Making for Children
Buying or making clothes for the plus size child, tall slender or petite child can be very stressful and difficult. There is literally NO standard size that fits properly.
My friend has a 9 year old daughter who has a 36" chest, 34" tummy and 38" hips. Buying pre-made clothes for her is impossible as the skirt length goes past the feet and long sleeves hang several inches below her fingers.
My friend decided to try making some clothes, only to find similar problems. Thinking the new "plus" sizes would fit, she was disappointed to find that, while a 16 Plus would fit the chest, the "waistline" hung about 2-3 inches below her waist, the skirt length was way too long, the neck and armholes were much too large and the shoulder width fell way off the shoulder. After all, the measurements used in the store bought pattern are for a "chubby" 16 year old, not designed for an extra chubby 9 year old.
Knowing that I teach and sell pattern making books and classes, my friend came to me for help in getting something to fit her daughter. We took the child's measurements, then proceeded to make a pattern from "scratch" using her own measurements as a guide. The dress fit perfectly! And rightly so, since we used her own personal measurements for the pattern!
The same thing applies when you have a very small petite child or a tall and slender child, and nothing seems to fit right - all the clothes are baggy and the tiny body gets lost in the oversized clothes. The answer is to use that child's measurements to make the pattern, and everything you make will fit perfectly!
Do you know somebody with chubby children who have a difficult time finding clothes that fit properly? Do you know someone with children who are so petite and small that nothing fits properly? The answer to these fitting problems is to make the patterns according to the individual child's measurement.! Easy Pattern Making for Children is a set of individual classes that I teach that are getting rave reviews. The classes are now available as on-line classes. Easy Pattern Making for Children gives step by step instructions and illustrations on how to take the child's measurements, and how to use those measurements to make perfectly fitting patterns and clothing, then gives patterns of all types that you can use for their wardrobe.