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Pamcake1323
« on: July 12, 2013 07:59:09 AM »

Hey all. I have two stepdaughters 5 &6yo. The 5yo is tiny and the 6yo is very large for her age. I am trying to make clothes or revamp clothing to look better on her for her to feel better about what she is wearing and herself in general. I like to dress her in a lot of empire waist type shirts.. and/or skirts with leggings underneath as she is in between a size 10 - 12 jeans and no jeans that I have found ever fit her right as she has no butt but a big belly. I am looking for any other ideas as to what I can make for her. She has very low self esteem and it makes her a very mean person towards the other kids at school but she can also be the sweetest girl. 
Anyways.. back to topic.. I am searching for ideas on different things I can make for her. If anyone else has a little chunkster, please help!

Please don't take this post the wrong way! I love her to reese's pieces and just want to make her feel better about herself. We exercise 3 times a week and that seems to boost her (= up but it doesn't change the way the clothes fit. Thanks so much
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2013 06:30:01 PM »

Jeans can be made tummy-friendly by swapping out the back waistband with an elastic waistband, or replacing the front pockets with panels of woven elastic or stretchy rib-knit.   Jeans for older girls should allow for developing hips, so I am not surprised that they don't fit your little girl properly.  At least as a bigger adult there are specialist boutiques; as a kid it is really frustrating trying to find clothes that fit well and make you feel nice.

Dresses with ruching are nice and comfy on a bigger tummy.  Soft ruffle fabric works well to smooth things over.  You might try maxi dresses and long tunic tops with tights e.g. http://www.simplicity.com/p-9403-childs-dress-by-patty-reed.aspx 

Empire waist clothes are fabulous, and a high waist that sits right at the bottom of her rib cage may also be nice (these are good because you can dress them up with a belt) for example,   http://www.simplicity.com/p-8474-childs-and-girls-dress-and-jacket.aspx
     




 

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Pamcake1323
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2013 09:25:15 AM »

Thank you so much.. I was really stuck with this.. I did wing a maxi dress for her and she loves it but I am going to tweak it a little b/c it looks a little frumpy and I really want her self esteem to keep rising. I went thrifting yesterday for old dresses and t-shirts to cut up and play with to see what I could come up with. The empire waist is definitely a great suggestion. Thank you so much!
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013 06:52:10 AM »

There are some lovely young girl dresses at the Lands End site and similar styles at the JCPenney site. I'm sure the fabric you've acquired will be perfect for garments for your littlie.
Best wishes.

I forgot to mention accessories. I teach 5 - 7 year olds and the girls are into hair accessories that match their dresses, hair bands, hair clips, scrunchies.
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2013 05:53:20 PM »

Check out Ottobre magazine for ideas and patterns, they have a wide range of sizes and will for sure have something that will suit. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2013 07:35:45 AM »

My first thought is yoga pants! They are very forgiving and there are some fun knit prints out there.

If she likes skirts, a-lines and I was eyeing a toddler pattern last night for a petal skirt that would be fun for that age if you can find a kids version.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/111244996/baby-skirt-sewing-pattern-petal-skirt?ref=cat_gallery_2

And I bet picking her own fabrics would be a lot of fun for her.
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2013 11:33:59 AM »

I made wide leg ruffle bottom pants for my 7 year old. She has some in denim (the thin, more chambray feeling but dark colored) that match all her tees. My DD loves boutique looking clothes- lots of frills, lots of layers. Example patterns:
http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_76_148&products_id=3777
Sis Boom Tunic

http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_76_148&products_id=8480
Sis Boom Peasant Dress/Tunic

http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_76_148&products_id=9741
Ruffle Capri Pants (Look cute with tunics and under dresses.)

http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_76_148&products_id=3711
Lila Tueller Dress/Top

http://www.pinkfigdesign.com/
This would be a great site to browse for inspiration.

My DD also loves the House on Hill Road Twirly Skirt. I do a double version that is awesome year round. (http://notesfromtheparsonage.wordpress.com/2011/01/02/double-twirly-skirt-tutorial/) She wears a lot of dresses and skirts with either ruffle pants underneath or leggings underneath. She is also getting into an apron phase where she wants aprons to match her outfits and wears them out like they are an accessory. And then in the winter, you can always pull out the long tee shirts, leggings, and colorful and fun jumpers!
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