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Topic: I did it!!! (a plus-size skirt for 9-year-old)  (Read 2805 times)
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« on: July 23, 2011 06:25:42 AM »

I haven't posted on Craftster in a million years, but I'm so pleased with how this skirt turned out, I HAVE to brag about it.

It has a bit of a background.  My dear roommate from college is in a tough financial situation at the moment.  I'm fortunate enough (at the moment) to be able to help her buy her little girls' back to school clothing.

Problem #1:  the girls are plus-sized (8- and 9-years old with 33" and 35" waists).
Problem #2:  "they" don't make plus-sized clothing for kids (and what we did find was generic).

A couple of years ago, I made some easy elastic-waisted skirts and shorts for another friend's 3-year-old, so I decided I would "just" make them some skirts, capris and pants (dummy me, I didn't know what I was getting myself into!).

Problem #3:  "they" don't make REAL plus-sized patterns for plus-sized girls!  And the ones we found were mostly dresses, and these girls really want pants.

Somehow, I tripped across a wonderful pattern drafting website and bought The Works (I'm not sure if I'm allowed to type the company name???).  My mom and I spent a couple of hours plotting the girls' measurements and cutting out muslins to fit them.  Oh my gosh!  The pants and skirts fit BEAUTIFULLY!!!

That's a long story to show you the first real skirt I made yesterday.  

I'm thrilled, too, because for the very first time, I put in an invisible zipper, figured out how to use my ruffler foot AND how to thread the scary monster serger I bought 4 years ago that was still in the box!

The second photo is what the seams look like.

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2011 06:42:00 AM »

Very pretty Smiley and what a great friend you are!

« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2011 08:37:43 AM »

Awesome job to an awesome friend!!
I have an idea for you, depending on how much the girls like dresses, if you buy a womans tank top and some tshirt jersey you can make the cutiest grow-ing up girls dresses. Get the girls to put the tanks on, find where their hips are and then cut the tank to that length leaving enough for a hem. Measure from where you cut the tank off (being mindful of adding in the hem on both ends) to where they wear their skirts. Cut a band of fabric double the length and cut. Fold the band right sides out and sew to the bottom of the tank. You now have a self lined skirt. If the top of the tank is too low for their age group and likely under the arms as well, take the jersey and outline the tank on to it making the neck not as deep and the under arms more shallow.  Cut it out, sew in the side seams and serge the edges and tack under the shoulders and under the arms. These are the fastest easy peasy dresses Ive made. You can always look for Tshirts at the GoodWill or any second hand store to cut up for the skirt part, the tanks too if you are lucky!
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2011 01:18:57 PM »

Beautiful skirt!  Cheesy Show us some pants too - I love your fabric choices.  Cool

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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2011 05:09:23 PM »

So fabulous!  you're so generous!   

(and, yes you may share the company name Smiley )

« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2011 11:42:45 AM »

Thanks, everyone for the compliments!

I'm almost finished with the second little girl's skirt so I'll post that later this afternoon.

We've only made the girls muslins with the pants patterns so far.  They won't be all that exciting because the girls' school has a color-code, and they can only wear khaki, olive or navy pants/skirts/capris to school.  But, I'll definitely post pics when we get some finished!

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YAY!  I am in no way affiliated with Sure-Fit Designs, except as a very, very happy customer, I'm pleased to recommend to others.  Her pattern drafting kits are wonderful.  In addition to the skirts and pants we're making for my friends, my mom and I have both made pants muslins for ourselves.  I have NEVER found a pair of pants that fit my short torso/long legs (I'm basically a head with a pair of legs attached).  We were both THRILLED to try our muslins and find the crotches not hanging down to our knees and no gap at the waist!  Happy, happy, happy!
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2011 12:03:07 PM »

What a great friend you are, and what an adorable skirt! Thanks for the info. on Sure-Fit. I'll check it out for sure.

« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2011 12:55:55 PM »

Here's the second skirt.  I forgot to add the seam allowances on the ruffle so this one's shorter, doggoneit!

« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2011 06:01:56 AM »

Fantastic! What lucky little girls!

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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2011 07:56:52 AM »

Great job.  They look fantastic.  I hope the girls like them.

Thanks for sharing about the pattern drafting software, it's something I've been looking into for more than 10 years and I am so excited to hear about a good experience with one.

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