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Jean | Posted in Patterns on

I’m looking for a jeans pattern for my granddaughter. She wears a 6 slim in ready wear. Is such a thing available? I have some fabric that I’d love to use, but I want it to be as authentic as possible. As far as that goes, do any companies make patterns in slim sizes? I have to alter everything for her.

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Edited 8/21/2002 6:59:41 PM ET by Jean


  1. ElonaM | | #1

    Well, Calvin Klein jeans patterns used to be available in Vogue. I think they're out of print, but eBay always has lots of them. The sizing was different from Vogue's usual: They were supposed to be based on what size Calvin the client wore in RTW. If your granddaugher wore a Calvin 6, you'd buy a Vogue/Calvin pattern in size 6.

    Second, Burda and Neue Mode (both German patterns available in the US) have both had very authentic-looking jeans patterns in the past (I haven't checked them recently). The crotch shape of German pants is extraordinarily good, compared to those of the American pattern companies. These are multi-sized patterns, from which you trace off the appropriate size (or combination of sizes). If your granddaughter wears a 6 in RTW, I think they'll fit her (though you do know that there's no relationship between RTW and pattern sizes? It's all based on measurements, and she'd probably be about a size 8-10 in patterns.)

    There are a couple of places online to look at the German patterns. One is http://www.patternshowcase.com

    1. Jean | | #2

      Thanks for your input---I'll keep looking, but I'm not seeing any patterns that are specifically for slims (chubbies either for that matter).  No easy solutions for me, I guess.

      1. ElonaM | | #3

        Jean, are we talking about a CHILD'S size 6 here? Or a very small young woman?

        If your granddaughter is in fact a little girl, then I recommend Burda as well. They have a very modish kids' section in their pattern book.

        Have you looked at Kwik Sew? I know they have jeans patterns for women, and maybe they have some for kids, too.

        As to "slim" vs "chubby" patterns for pants, they don't really exist. But all you really need with multisized patterns is to know your granddaughter's measurements: hip, waist, and stride (the distance between the legs from center front waist to center back waist--measured snugly, for jeans). Then it's only necessary to trace off the correct hip size, tapering to the correct waist size, and add any extra length to the leg.

        With jeans, right off the bat, you're going to get a closer fit than with other pants patterns (unless you use Simplicity or McCalls, which run really big for children, and most adults, too).

        1. Theodora | | #4

          My little girl niece is 7 in length, but still a four in the latitude. Depending on the piece I'm working on, bodice, sleeve, whatever, I just use the size four or whatever fits her around and lengthen judiciously. I know this would be much harder for a Missy size.

          I am suspicious that were are probably dealing with a little girl here--aren't there enough jeans out there ready made for an older girl, and besides, our Jean can't possibly have a adult-sized grandchild!

          1. Jean | | #6

            Theodora, you are so sweet. This is my youngest GD. My oldest GS is 22 and I no longer sew for him. He had the opposite problem, he was short and round.  I had to sew everything for him. He grew up on QuickSew patterns.  How could I forget them. I see they have a new book for childrens' clothes.  I guess I'll have to make a trip to the Big City and do some shopping.

            Oops--edit to Kwik Sew!

            Edited 8/22/2002 8:22:12 PM ET by Jean

        2. Jean | | #5

          Quick Sew!! Yes!! It has a nice jeans pattern for young girls.Now if I could only find an on-line source to buy it..I'm 60 miles from the nearest Field's fabrics.  Thank you!!

          1. carolfresia | | #7

            Jean, try http://www.sewsassy.com for Kwik Sew patterns by mail. I think they have the entire collection at 20% discount all the time. I've had good service from them. Last I looked, there was a basic child's/girl's jeans pattern. Have a look at their size chart, too. I like Burda kids' patterns, but find that my smallish 5-year-old son would wear about a 3T in width and a 4-5 in length. The Kwik Sews are better proportioned for him--they run closer to RTW than most of the other pattern companies do, in my experience. Both Kwik Sew and Burda are multi-sized, so you can measure and trace off a customized pattern for you child's size.


          2. Jean | | #8

            Thanks, Carol.  I have bookmarked that site. Nice to know I can order patterns there.  My DD picked up the jeans pattern for me last week at Joannes in Hertown and the measurements on the size 4 pattern look close to Katies.  I might have to make an adjustment for length, but that won't be a problem. I'm anxious to get started after the holiday weekend. 

            Thanks everyone for all your help and encouragement!!

          3. sammysm0m | | #9


            You can also order Kwik Sew from sewingpatterns.com. I've ordered and been pleased. There is also a discount for multiple patterns in an order. They also carry Burda and the Big 4 and Stretch and Sew.

          4. Jean | | #10

            Thanks, Jackie. I have bookmarked that page too.Nice to have those options when I only have a Walmartlocally to look for patterns.  Here's a hotlink to that site.


          5. Jean | | #11

            Just wanted to post a follow up on the jeans pattern. I used the Kwik Sew pattern in a size 4 and it fit her perfectly.  She is very happy and I will be sewing more for her. The only thing that I have to change is to insert some elastic in the back waist to help the wasteband fit a little better.  Thanks to all of you kind folks for your help and encouragement!!

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