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sewing for children

angelap | Posted in Fitting on

I would like to read articles on sewing for children, especially fitting issues. I have a granddaughter with cerebral palsy, who is 6 years old & wears a diaper, but is tall & skinny. There are alot of young (& older) people out there who pretty much have to have their clothes personally made to allow for diaper bulk. I have a hard time finding alteration methods that deal with this. The usual alterations you read about just don’t cover it.  And what about the 10 year old who is a size 12 in height but only a size 6 in width? If you just lengthen a size 6, the armholes are too short. If you adjust the armholes, it’s impossible to alter the sleeve to fit it. If you take in a size 12 to make it narrower, it affects the neckhole. The pattern companies should include instructions to deal with any alterations one might need to make, but they are not thorough enough.  I would love it if you could include a section on sewing for children, as this is the only sewing I have time to do. With 5 grandchildren, there is always a child to sew for. I love to read your sewing tips! Thank you.


  1. mucci | | #1

    I found a site (the callahans.com/susete/clothes

    children with special needs, hope this helps you


    Shirley in Alton Il

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      angelap | | #2

      Hi Shirley: Thank you so much for the site. It directed me to AdaptiveClothes.com which basically said that I could use the book by Kirsten Martinson, KwikSew, Sewing for children. I know someone I can get that from to check it out. Thanks again!

      1. Crazy K | | #3

        Hi........I don't have any children/grandchildren with special needs but I do have plenty of grandchildren that I have sewed for........I have the Kwik Sew book, Sewing for Children.  It is great and you can alter and adapt the pattern pieces quite easily.  The styles are basic, no-nonsense garments that you can alter or embellish as you wish.

        Good luck with it.  I have copied many patterns from the master pattern (which I leave intact) and have used them countless times.


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