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Petite Children Have Special Sewing Needs Too!

We talk and read so much about plus size children – how difficult it is to fit them as well as the fact that there are getting to be more and more children in the “overweight” and “obese” categories.

With so much talk about the plus sizes, we rarely hear about  small petite children.  I realize that it really isn’t that common to see little tiny petite girls and boys, but they do have fitting problems as well.  One of my little 5 year old granddaughters certainly can be classified among the very petite.  None of the quadruplet grandchildren are very big, but this little girl could probably wear a size 2T around the waist.  The problem is that with her height, the 2T would ONLY fit around the waist — the crotch would be way off as well as the length would be too short.  Size 5’s pretty much swallow her up, requiring quite a few alterations just to try to get a basic fit.  For her, as well as others we’ve heard from, pattern making is the best alternative when trying to get clothes to fit properly.  We have had a number of requests for our Petite Girls Pattern Making Class, which was a nudge for me to mention it.   Little girls with shorts/pants that won’t stay up or those with crotches that are very tight just to get the right fit around the waist just can’t be comfortable for them.

If you’re in a sewing business, I’m thinking this area might be one that is overlooked.  Of course, sewing for plus size children is an unending market, with tons of children out there, but don’t forget about the petite children as well.

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