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Thread: A Sewing Question

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    A Sewing Question

    Yesterday, I bought a childs pattern for a little girls dress 1-4 size (she is 3), and learned last night that she wears size 5 ready made clothing. So! What I would like to know is how accurate would the pattern size be? If I made the size 4, would it fit her? Her gramma said she is tall (her head comes up to just under grannies boobs)If it won't work, now what am I going to do?..It is one of those pinafore dresses I've always LOVED! Thanks in advance

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    It has been awhile since I sewed garments but have her gramma get some measurements using the measurement points on the pattern, i.e. chest, waist, hips etc and match those to the pattern. If the pattern measurements are say 1" smaller than the little girl, perhaps you could just add an inch all around the pattern.

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    Depending what brand (new look, simplicity, etc) I found they tend to run big. Is she close by to measure her?
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    can you take it back and exchanged it
    for the next size pattern?

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    Here is what I was told; not sure if kids clothes are the same. I have noticed that in my clothes that again this past yr the sizing has changed and I went from a size 6 to a size 4; not that I've lost that much weight. I was told that while manufacures have changed sizes to I guess help peoples egoes the pattern sizes have not changed. I haven't made any for a while so I don't know. Look at the back of the pattern and take a few measurments and compare them to the measurements of your child to know for sure.
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    You'll need the child's measurements. Sizes for ready-made clothing and patterns don't correlate very well. Maybe the store will let you exchange the pattern for the next size up of the same or similar style.

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    I sew for a young granddaughter.

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    The patterns are accurate ... according to the standards of the company making them!
    Just like us ... you can go to one store and a Small fits, then to a different store, and a Small is way to small! Or what really gets me is that in the same store, one manufacturer's Small works ... and the other one, you need a Large.

    So the only way you'll know ............ Measure child ... Measure pattern.
    Compare and Decide.
    You can always lengthen it when cutting out the pieces.
    Check that the waist falls where it should be, or you'll be needing to lengthen that section too.

    If the pattern size works for the child, great.
    If not, better to purchase a new one, even if you have to absorb the extra cost, than to fiddle too much with altering the existing one.
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    I sew for my grand daughters and I would never start without the measurements. I am using some of the pattern's I used for my oldest who is now 21 for my youngest who is 18mos.

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    Most of the patterns I have used run big, but the only way to know is for sure is to do measurements.

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