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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: adapting simple pattern sizes?? Help. on: May 08, 2012 03:11:40 PM
I pulled the information from the 1970s Commercial Standard referenced in this Fashion Incubator blog post -- I typed all the measurements up into a spreadsheet last year so that they'd be more accessible.

There certainly are books on grading children's clothing patterns if you really want to get further into it, and there's software to help with grading if you don't do it manually. But all of that tends to be aimed at commercial clothing manufacturers / pattern developers, I think, so I've never really followed up on any of it.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage sewing patterns on: May 07, 2012 04:17:15 PM
Try looking on etsy - there are some great sellers of vintage patterns there and shipping to Europe is generally far more reasonable than on eBay.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Meh-muse dress (butterick 5130) on: May 07, 2012 10:28:53 AM
Yes, this doesn't flatter at all. It's cute in conception and well-executed but makes you look a little lumpy (and based on all your other photos you have an enviable figure that is not even remotely lumpy). I agree that it would make a great toddler/little girl dress, though.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: adapting simple pattern sizes?? Help. on: May 07, 2012 08:50:57 AM
Standard body size (N.B. not garment size -- garments will have ease added) measurements for a 4yo are:

STATURE (cm) = 101.6
Weight (kg) = 17.3
Chest girth (cm) = 58.4
Waist girth (cm) = 54.6
Hip girth (cm) = 59.7
Vertical trunk girth (cm) = 99.1
Thigh girth (cm) = 33
Neck base girth (cm) = 27.3
Armscye (cm) = 25.4
Upper arm girth (cm) = 16.8
Cross-back width (cm) = 23.8
Shoulder length (cm) = 7.3
Scye depth (cm) = 11.4
Total crotch length (cm) = 48.3
Shoulder and arm length (cm) = 41.9
Head and neck length (cm) = 18.4
Cervical height (cm) = 83.2
Cervical to knee (cm) = 56.5
Cervical to waist (including curvature of spine) (cm) = 24.1
Waist height (cm) = 60.3
Waist to knee (cm) = 33.7
Waist to hip (cm) = 12.1
Crotch height (cm) = 42.2
Knee height (cm) = 26.7
Ankle height (cm) = 5.4

Equivalent body size measurements for a 6yo are:
STATURE (cm) = 116.8
Weight (kg) = 22.3
Chest girth (cm) = 63.5
Waist girth (cm) = 57.2
Hip girth (cm) = 64.8
Vertical trunk girth (cm) = 109.2
Thigh girth (cm) = 35.6
Neck base girth (cm) = 29.2
Armscye (cm) = 27.9
Upper arm girth (cm) = 17.8
Cross-back width (cm) = 25.7
Shoulder length (cm) = 7.9
Scye depth (cm) = 12.7
Total crotch length (cm) = 52.1
Shoulder and arm length (cm) = 48.9
Head and neck length (cm) = 19.7
Cervical height (cm) = 97.2
Cervical to knee (cm) = 65.4
Cervical to waist (including curvature of spine) (cm) = 26.7
Waist height (cm) = 71.1
Waist to knee (cm) = 39.4
Waist to hip (cm) = 14
Crotch height (cm) = 51.1
Knee height (cm) = 31.8
Ankle height (cm) = 6

For a 6 month old not all the same measurements have a standard, but those that do are:
STATURE (cm) = 67.5
Weight (kg) = 8.2
Chest girth (cm) = 45.5
Vertical trunk girth (cm) = 73.5
Shoulder and arm length (cm) = 26
Head and neck length (cm) = 15
Cervical height (cm) = 52
Cervical to knee (cm) = 37
Cervical to waist (including curvature of spine) (cm) = 17.5
Waist height (cm) = 34.5
Waist to knee (cm) = 19.5
Waist to hip (cm) = 7.5
Crotch height (cm) = 23
Knee height (cm) = 15

You should be able to grade a 4yo pattern fairly simply for a 6yo because their basic proportions are similar -- measure the pattern (minus seam allowances) to work out how much ease is allowed over the 4yo body measurements, then scale it up to make the 6yo pattern the 6yo body measurements plus the same amount of ease.

Doing it for the 6 month old will be more difficult because a baby and a 4yo have quite different proportions. I'd look at free patterns available online (like this one, for example) and try to size your pattern to be a similar size.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: 48 Yard Petticoat/Crinoline Tute on: May 06, 2012 12:04:44 PM
Thank you for putting this together and for posting the link to the pdf.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it possible to resize this dress? on: March 07, 2012 03:52:25 PM
If it was cheap, could you buy another one and use the fabric from that to add in side panels?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I fix the top of this dress? on: July 20, 2011 04:20:09 PM
The inner layer of fabric is the facing. If you were making this dress yourself, then after you had sewn the seams between the outer layer and the facing you would press the seam and then stitch the facing to the seam allowance, close to the original seam line, to prevent it from rolling back.

I can see three likely scenarios here:

1. The facing hasn't been stitched to the seam allowance but there is plenty of seam allowance left - in this case I'd go ahead and stitch the facing to the seams allowance now (not stitching should be visible on the wrong side)

2. The facing hasn't been stitched to the seam allowance and the seams has been served and trimmed so there isn't space to stitch them together now

3. The facing has been stitched to the seam allowance but it's still rolling up.

In the case of 2 or 3rd I'd try applying a fusible interfacing to the facing - if it's a knit then a fusible interfacing specifically designed for knits. That should help to stop the rolling.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Will I Always Be "Becky-Home-Ecky?" on: July 12, 2011 12:31:13 PM
Read some different blogs; there are plenty of others who chime much more with your way of doing things. If a blog is discouraging you or making you feel ad about yourself then it's time to stop following it, IMO.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Knotted Baby Hats from Tee Shirts on: July 12, 2011 12:27:19 PM
Very cute!
10  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Simplicity 2494: flapper style hat on: July 03, 2011 03:17:23 PM
You could make a felt flower to attach with a pin so that it can be removed for washing, perhaps?
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