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patterns for the tiny woman

jill552 | Posted in Fitting on

What do you do when you need to make a formal dress for a tiny 13-year-old?  The patterns don’t exist.  In fact, most formals begin at size 8!  Juniors only has sportwear.  My daughter is petite and will probably never be larger than a 2 or 4.  Where do you find fashionable patterns for tiny women?

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  1. solosmocker | | #1

    I went thru this with my daughter. At the time I was able to get a Vogue size 4 and do a muslin in the style she wanted. I cut it way down but we got it to fit. She probably was a two or a zero at the time. Nineteen inch waist! Won't forget that.

  2. Ralphetta | | #2

    If it were me, I would focus on the bodice.  If you can find an attractive bodice, it shouldn't be too difficult to find  a skirt pattern.  There are a lot of cute bodices in summer sportswear that would look elegant in a rich fabric.

  3. Teaf5 | | #3

    Most patterns are two sizes larger than a rtw size, so a size 8 will fit a person who can wear a size 4 in rtw.  Also, Misses sizes and Girls sizes overlap in both rtw and in patterns --a girl's size 12 is the same as a Miss/Jr. 8, I think-- so you may be able to mix and match patterns to fit.

    While sewing for my super-slim daughter, I used to trace patterns off tops/skirts that fit her snugly and use them to fit the smallest patterns I could find.  Even as an adult, she is far narrower across the back than any size pattern, so I need to do the same thing.

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