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« on: March 30, 2007 07:17:54 PM »

I'm new to sewing clothing with patterns.  I know that adult sizes aren't the same for patterns as they are for store bought clothes.  My question is though, in your experiences, are children clothing pattern sizes about the same as children's store bought clothes?   For example, my daughter is in a size 3T, so will she be a size 3 in pattern sizes?  Or even my main concern is my niece she is a size 10 in pants and a size 14/16 in girls shirts, so would it be o.k. if I made her a size 14 dress? she's not here so I can't measure her, and doubt her mother would have a clue how to take her measurements.  I'm just kinda concerned, because I'm a size 10 in store bought clothes, but a size 14 in sewing pattern measurements, so I'm worried that if children's patterns are the same as adults her dress would be too small.   Can someone please help me? 
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2007 09:20:46 PM »

I can't really help, but if you know her ready to wear size, I am sure somewhere you can find somewhere how the ready to wear size relates to actual measurements, then you can use the "measurements" of the ready to wear to figure out what size pattern you need....maybe.

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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2007 03:36:28 AM »

The "big four" pattern companies have childrens measurement charts on their websites. If your sister doesn't own a measuring tape, she can use lengths of string and then measure against a yardstick for the inches. The websites also have illustrations of where exactly to measure, so you can either direct her to the website, or print off the illustration and send it to her.
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