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From: Miss Spring
Date: 11-06-2006, 04:03 PM (1 of 8)
There is a single mother that lives near me and she has three little girls ages 12, 10, 4. The mother works at our local cafe but has NO money and the holidays are coming. So I got to thinking and then I saw the post for the 2007 swap. What a great concept. I want to use it to make each one of the girls 11 interchangable garmets. Then wrap them up and leave them on their doorstep on christmas eve marked from Santa.

Now my problem.I dont have patterns that fit Im looking for a pattern co. like Jalie that has sizes to fit them all. If anyone has any ideas Id love to hear them. Im not even sure what kind of clothes a 12
User: Miss Spring
Member since: 05-03-2006
Total posts: 87
From: Cathie.Tombs
Date: 11-06-2006, 04:57 PM (2 of 8)
What an incredibly kind idea. The Jalie pattern idea sounds good! Comfy, sporty clothes, maybe cotton knits, fleece, and denim, and cheerful! When I was a low income Mom, just before Xmas, my youngest son and I opened the door, and found a HUGE unmarked box, with clothes to fit my two sons, and me. I never found out who it came from, but they were very thoughtful, and knew our sizes to a T. Bravo for your plan!!!!!!
User: Cathie.Tombs
Member since: 08-27-2006
Total posts: 44
From: woodywoodpecker
Date: 11-06-2006, 05:38 PM (3 of 8)
You might want to have a look at the kwik sew books. they have multiple size patterns included and interchangeable as well. I found them easy to understand and put together. As for what they like, have a look in the catalogues.
Bless you for your kind heart. You are an an ANGEL!!!!
User: woodywoodpecker
Member since: 11-07-2003
Total posts: 242
From: katiesmom
Date: 11-08-2006, 08:32 PM (4 of 8)
I have used this book and the patterns included for many, many years for my 9 year old the patterns (I trace them on waxed paper with a Sharpie or "soil separator" from Lowe's with a pencil)...they have lasted and I get to embellish as I daughter has all of the latest looks...please try this book and patterns...I got it at Hancock's (it was a bit pricey-$24.95, but has lasted from the time my daughter was five years old)...I don't think you will be disappointed...lots of have given me some ideas for gifts myself...such an unselfish act-giving feels so wonderful! Many thanks!
User: katiesmom
Member since: 10-30-2005
Total posts: 4
From: Miss Spring
Date: 11-08-2006, 10:46 PM (5 of 8)
Thanks guys!

I saw the oldest at school today when I went to pick up my kidos and boy this little girl need clothes.

Poor thing.

Thanks I will try that book. I have 2 little girls so Im sure I'll get my moneys worth out of it.
Not to mention I love kwik sew. They are so easy and look great.

Thanks again so much guys for your ideas.
User: Miss Spring
Member since: 05-03-2006
Total posts: 87
From: Mom of Six
Date: 11-08-2006, 10:50 PM (6 of 8)
If their school has a counselor sometimes they will get the sizes for you. Or the principal could help & most will keep your secret. If you have extra money socks & underwear to match make good additions.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: Miss Spring
Date: 11-09-2006, 03:14 PM (7 of 8)
The under clothes are a great idea. I didnt even think about asking the school for help.
We live in a really small town and I pretty much live at the school so it would be no problem getting someone at the school to help me get the right sizes.

Thanks so much for your ideas!
User: Miss Spring
Member since: 05-03-2006
Total posts: 87
From: mommydionne
Date: 11-09-2006, 07:15 PM (8 of 8)
wow that is just toooo nice, you are amazing Miss Spring!!
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
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