My friend has a 9 year old daughter who has a 36″ chest, 34″ tummy and 38″ hips. Buying pre-made clothes for her is impossible since a skirt that fits in the waist has a length that goes past the feet, and long sleeves hang several inches below her fingers in order to get a size that fits in the chest and shoulders. My friend decided to try making some clothes, only to find similar problems with patterns. Thinking the new “plus” sizes would fit, she was disappointed to find that, while a 16 Plus would fit the chest, the “waistline” hung about 2-3 inches below her waist, the skirt length was way too long, the neck and armholes were much too large and the shoulder width fell way off the shoulder. After all, the measurements used in the store-bought patterns are for a “chubby” 16 year old, they’re not designed for an extra chubby/overweight 9 year old.
The solution to altering store bought patterns for overweight children and plus size children is to learn how to do “spot” altering on the patterns. “Spot” alterations, as shown in our “how to alter patterns for overweight children” tutorial series covers main problem areas such as large abdomen, larger than normal waistline and large chest and upper arms.
The “spot” alteration tutorial series are an excerpt from the book, “Altering Store Bought Patterns For Hard To Fit Children”. This book contains 70 pages and covers the alteration process for nearly any garment you want to make for boys and girls. Each alteration process is complete with step by step instructions and diagrams.
Send this information along to any friends or relatives you know that also have problems fitting plus size children and overweight children, or check out our “Sewing For Plus Size Children as a Home Business” if you’d like to get into a hot market for seamstresses!
I’m having the opposite problem for my 9 yr old, the patterns are too big for her on the waist, not long enough, She is very skinny and tall. I have to add at least 4 inches on the skirts to get to just above her knees and I always have to take in her waist. I can’t find ready to wear skirts for her because of the length issue.