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Alterations for children

Susanc22 | Posted in Fitting on

Where is a good place to read up on children’s alterations?  I am altering a flower girl dress; she is chubby and had to buy a larger size to accomidate her tummy/chest (empire waist).  The sleeve at the bicep is a little snug, the shoulders are a too broad, and the waist needs to be raised.  I have an idea on what to do to fix it but I’d like to see what others have to say, as I’m sure this is a somewhat common problem.   When I google the topic, I don’t find much guidance.  Does anyone know of a place to get info on children’s alterations?  I’d like to read up on it before I begin.

I am sorry to abruptly jump in with this question; I haven’t posted to this site in a long time, but I do lurk– sorry to seem like a stranger!


  1. ohiostar | | #1

    The only real difference in children's clothing is the neck area is larger (to go over their heads), and torso is unfitted to accommodate milk tummies and diaper backs. A good book on fitting basics will help but here is some short term help. If you can take up the extra in the shoulders, the bicep will probably fit better and the waist might be in the right place. Short of taking the bodice off and re-cutting it for her size, this might be all you can do. Try pin fitting these alterations on her first and see what happens
    Good luck

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      Susanc22 | | #2

      Thanks for the guidance- those are good tips.  I'll see what I can do.


  2. Tatsy | | #3

    Susan, in my experience it's easier to change the lenghth of a garment than the width. If you can find a size that's close to her measurements and fold out the excess length, that might be your best best.

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