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From: CatholicMum
Date: 11-08-2004, 07:50 PM (1 of 2)
I'm struggling with this....sewing for my DD (4) is easy.....she "fits" the measurements on the pattern envelope fairly closely and I just need to lengthen hems on dresses. But my DS (13) ....ugh....I can't even figure out what size pattern to start with for anything more fitted than sleep-pants.

I pulled out my Simplicity Sewing Book and took all the measurements it suggested and I'm still lost. Can someone help?

Chest = 36"
Waist = 35.5"
Hip = 37"
Back Waist Length = 16.25"
Shoulder Length = 5.5"
Back Width = 16"
Arm length = 23"
Neck = 14"

height = 5'4.5"

So going by height and chest, I'm coming up with teen boys size 20 but then his waist is 5.5" bigger than the pattern size. Should I be looking at Men's sizes? I've been sewing a Men's medium for boxers and sleep-pants for him. The boxers work out ok but the sleep-pants are HUGE (which works for sleep-pants but I foresee issues with seat/crotch adjustments for anything more tailored). The length I can adjust no problems.

Any fitting experts out there?
User: CatholicMum
Member since: 10-31-2004
Total posts: 19
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 11-09-2004, 06:12 PM (2 of 2)
It looks to me as if he is straight from chest to hips (only 1 inch difference in all 3 measurements).. you just need to not cut any pattern that tapers from waistline to hipline.. Just alter your patterns to be straight from hipline up thru waistline.. Make a test garment for fit...
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
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