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What pattern to use for plus size kid

pins13 | Posted in General Sewing Info on


 Quick question — making a plus size dress for a child.

Should I use a children’s pattern for her age  — size 7 since she is 7 years old and grade it to fit or use her measurements which are about a misses size 10.

Let me know.




  1. starzoe | | #1

    Patterns don't go by age, buy the pattern that matches the child's measurements. Some of the pattern companies have "chubby" sizes, try Burda.

  2. cafms | | #2

    If you use a misses size pattern for her the shoulders, neck, back length, sleeves, etc. are not going to be the right length and will not hang properly.  Or the style will be too old looking for her as a 7 year old.

    Check this site for some information on sewing for plus size children.  http://www.fabrics.net/SarahPatternsPlusChildren.asp

    And this one for patterns:



  3. woodywoodpecker598 | | #3

    I still see in RTW that they have the x sizes(like 6x or 7x) but can't remember if they are in patterns as well.

  4. Tatsy | | #4

    I've sewn for a seven-year-old with a Misses size 10 and it came out great.  Tissue test the pattern. If it's too long for the girl, fold out some of the length. I did not need to do this for the girl I sewed for, however.

    1. pins13 | | #9

      Thanks eveyone for your advice and I will take all of it under advisement.

      Thanks again!

      Pins 13

  5. Teaf5 | | #5

    Girls' and misses' sizes overlap a lot. A misses' size 10 is about the same as a girls' size 14, but no matter which pattern you buy, you'll be doing alterations. I agree with the poster who says to use the measurements to select the pattern; then I'd compare the pattern pieces against a finished garment that fits the girl well.

  6. marijke | | #6

    There are plus size patterns for girls.  Randomly found this one from McCall's.  The plus sizes are indicated with 1/2 after the number, e.g. 10 1/2 instead of 10. 


    Here's one from Butterick:


    Simplicity also has them (the first pattern with the Project Runway logo has plus sizes):


    The example from McCall's includes a chart with the measurements (scroll down), so you can compare them to the child for whom you are sewing.   As another poster also said, go with the measurements, not the age.

    My daughters are 7 and 8 and are wearing 10 or 12 and 12 or 14 in RTW kids clothing, so don't think their age has any connection to their size.   I used to sew most of their stuff, but now only a few things...  not enough time!

    Hope this helps,


  7. mygaley | | #7

    God bless you for your efforts on this child's behalf. Plus size children especially deserve stylish, well-fitting clothes. I sew bridal and prom and many of my plus customers have never had a stylish garment that fit them perfectly. Galey

  8. Cathie | | #8

    Either Threads or Sew News had a beautiful article (in archives) not long ago, about changing patterns for plus children. Very similar to what we larger ladies must do too. See Barbara Deckert's book on plus sewing also. Must run! Lots of great answers here!

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