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Topic: Resize, alter, or recon toddler tuxedo jacket into a newborn size  (Read 968 times)
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reeneybry
« on: April 17, 2010 12:07:36 PM »

Hi,

I'm desperately trying to alter a size 3 toddler tux jacket into a size that will fit my newborn.

Any ideas?

I was thinking I might try to make a pattern from a little jacket that fits him...but not sure exactly how to go about that.

Any help is wonderfully appreciated!!
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rossie
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2010 04:29:03 PM »

Okay, this is how I would go about it...

Good idea, starting with a jacket that already fits.  Make sure that if the tux is made from woven fabric that this jacket is too, otherwise this won't work.

Lay the jacket out neatly, put some paper over it then rub the whole thing with a crayon.  The seam lines come up nice and bold.  These block shapes will help you size the tux down.

Very carefully take the tux apart; make notes about the construction if you have to.  Lay the paper pattern you just made over the corresponding tux sections and use them as a guide to how much you need to take the tux in.  Mark, baste back and front sections, try it on without the sleeves to see how it goes, adjust if necessary... repeat until the whole thing is back together.

It's not an exact process and it'll require a bit of creative intuition... just don't actually CUT the tux until you're happy with the changes in structure. 

Good luck!
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