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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Good book/instructions for altering patterns on: June 04, 2012 10:06:46 AM
My DD (10) is very hard to fit.  She is about a 20 waist, 18 hips and 8 neck to waist and inseam.  I can't find pants or shorts that fit her.  I am self taught and really need help with altering a pattern.  I don't want her stuck in jogging pants and t-shirts, especially as she goes into the teen years.  Do you have any book or website recommendations for learning to alter a pattern?  TIA
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Too Young for her size on: August 06, 2010 12:47:50 PM
Most of the patterns my DD likes don't go up to the size I need for her.  She is stocky built like her dad but she is still a little girl.  Is there an easier way to up the size other than trial and error?

I had thought about using basic adult patterns in bright colors and maybe adding some crochet bugs or flowers or something.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Itsy Bitsy Babies & Their Bassinet Purses on: April 19, 2010 12:27:32 PM
I just bought this pattern and it calls for some plastic that is found in the quilting area.  I don't remember the exact name and the pattern is at home.  I didn't see anything like it in Wal-Mart's quilting area (the only place within an hr or 2 drive).  Do you think that a couple layers of plastic canvas would work?
4  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / McCall's M5562 on: March 17, 2009 11:24:13 AM
I am teaching myself how to sew and I found McCall's M5562 really easy to make.  I made the shirt and shorts.  DD is a stocky build and all the other patterns I tried had the neck opening too large, I guess from having to go up a size.  This worked beautifully.  I did have some problems with the elastic in the back not being tight enough.  That was all me.  It was the first time I tried elastic that didn't go all the way around and my elastic always seems to be a bit big.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / simplicity 2910 and McCall's M9369 on: March 17, 2009 11:06:09 AM
I just bought simplicity pattern 2910 and want to buy McCall's M9369.  Has anyone made these?  What did you think?  What challenges did you have?  DD needs a larger pants/shorts pattern than top.  How would I go about altering shorts up a size?  If I can do that I can use the patterns I had last yr.  I am teaching myself to sew and would appreciate any help.

ETA:  How do you keep the elastic around the waist from twisting?  Right now I sew the elastic down every 1/4 way around.


6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / my mom said to busy, what do you think? on: April 30, 2008 11:17:52 AM
I let dd get some fabric from the $1yd sale.  She chose a green background with snoopy (from the peanuts) and groupings of Easter eggs for the top and a pink background with the same eggs scattered for the shorts.  I asked another shopper and her mom what they thought of the combo (they were looking for fabric to make a quilt).  They said it would go together.  I showed my mom what I bought and she said it would be way to busy and wouldn't look good.  What do you think?  BTW I am teaching myself how to sew.  Thanks.
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