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Having Trouble Finding Patterns For Your Overweight Kids?

For those who have plus size / overweight children it sometimes can become a nightmare trying to find nice styles that actually would FIT the child.  Even the “plus” sizes don’t work because a 16 Plus would be for a somewhat overweight 16 year old, but what happens if the size range on that 16 Plus is what your child has, but he/she is only 8 or 9 years old?  An 8 or 9 year old MAY be much larger in the waist, tummy and hip area, but are NOT the 16 Plus size when it comes to shoulders, arm length, dress or pants length,  because  your child is only 8 or 9 and NOT 16.

At Plus Size Children Patterns, you’ll find patterns that are made according to ACTUAL plus size children’s measurements.  Compare the basic difference between the regular commercial patterns and the plus size children patterns:

Commercial Patterns: Size 8, Chest 27, waist 23

Plus Size Children Patterns:  Size 8, Chest 34, waist 30

Commercial Patterns:  Size 12, Chest 30, waist 25

Plus Size Children Patterns:  Size 12, Chest 38, waist 34

As you can see, there is a BIG difference between the “average” size commercial pattern measurements and the Plus Size Children pattern measurements!  We at spent over 1 1/2  years accumulating the actual measurements of plus size / overweight / obese children from our readers, then put them into a data base so we could put together pattern sizes/ ages in order to make patterns that would fit those in the overweight/obese size ranges.







The above pictures are just a few of the patterns that are available from  and from   All boys and girls patterns come in size ranges of 4-5-6 or 8-10-12 or 14-16.  Each pattern has a variety of different styles such as different necklines, different sleeve styles, different pant lengths, etc.    At last you WILL be able to get patterns that fit, and you, as well as thousands of others, can say “Finally it Fits!!”

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4 Responses to “Having Trouble Finding Patterns For Your Overweight Kids?”

  1. Lee says:

    I recently purchased your book on this topic – it’s great! Now I want to offer a line of these sizes in my custom sewing home business. But I’m having trouble coming up with a “PC” way of referring to this group of children! I definitely want to avoid using “overweight” & “obsese” because these terms have such negative connotations. I know “plus size” is used for women (I fit in this category), but am trying to come up with a different term for children that would be appealing to their mothers (who are my target market). Any suggestions? Thanks so much.

  2. It’s really hard not to call “overweight” and “obese” by what they are —- overweight and obese. However I DID see an article in a magazine lately that referred to overweight kids as “supersized”. You might try supersized, but if you come across any other words that might be easier on the eye in referring to overweight children, I’d love for you to let me know! Thanks for writing.

  3. Lee says:

    Thanks for your reply, Sarah. I came up with “Extra” as in “Extra Room Clothing for Extra Special Kids.” Or “Extra Room Clothing for Hard-to-Fit Kids”. What do you and others think?

  4. I think that sounds WONDERFUL, Lee!! “Extra Room” sounds exactly right and goes perfectly for those extra special kids. Good for you!!!

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