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Topic: Summer tunics/dresses or Why I should read sizing charts  (Read 948 times)
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« on: March 24, 2009 01:09:10 PM »

I planned to make several summery tunics.  I bought fabric and patterns. I casually measured my daughter, who just turned 1 and perused the sizing chart and figured "eh close ehough"

1st I made the little overalls pattern in the 12 month size and it was too big. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=297664.0)

Then I made the little sundress in the 9 month size.  It was adorable and way more trouble than it should have been.

It's also so big that it falls off.  It needs to be taken in at least an inch or 2 on the sides.  I'm still deciding if I want to pick out all that stitching, shorten the bias binding, take in the sides, then reattach the straps and bias binding. Ya know?

Then I made another tunic in the 6 month size and finally it fit.

Yay Victory!

I plan on making several of these and maybe some denim pants w/ ruffles of the fabric from the tunics at the hem.
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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2009 01:26:13 PM »

This, my dear, is why I don't use patterns. I use clothing traces because my kid is an odd size!
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2009 01:27:55 PM »

ITA with Cera.  I made one dress for DD from a pattern and she swam in it.  Now I just use her measurements and clothing traces to fit her.

« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2009 01:49:33 PM »

Yeah, for some reason the tracing scares me.  But after this I may be giving it a try.

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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2009 03:01:56 PM »

I started with shorts and pants.  Trace around, then take a ruler and add seam allowances and straighten out the lines, add elastic casing.  Gives you a feel for how to work a tracing.

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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2009 04:43:19 AM »

At least they were too big - she'll grow!!  I've noticed this with commercial baby patterns, too.  They are all rediculously big - annoying since it is exactly the opposite with adult dress patterns.

You jumpers are so cute, and your little princess is adorable!

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