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From: Vicki
Date: 04-12-2007, 05:55 PM (1 of 4)
I am making the first baby things I have done in 20 years. I don't have the kid handy, so don't know how long to cut the elastic for the legs and waist casing in the little panties. I'm doing this for a friend (can't get hold of her). I think the outfit is a size 3 or 4. I kept thinking a pattern would have an elastic guide but NOT! I feel sorta stupid. Any ideas? thanks!
User: Vicki
Member since: 11-20-2001
Total posts: 9
From: bridesmom
Date: 04-12-2007, 09:00 PM (2 of 4)
3 or 4 years old or months?? I have a Burda chart which gives average sizes for kids, but doesn't do wrists or ankles. My suggestion for waists is to use buttonhole elastic, that way the mom can adjust it to the size she needs, and it can grow with the baby/child.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
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From: gmcsewer
Date: 05-18-2007, 09:52 AM (3 of 4)
Are you making underpanties? I have made a lot of tricot underwear and have patterns for several sizes. The size 4 asks for the following: Waist 19 inches, let 13 inches. Size 3 Waist 17 inches, leg 12 inches. You lose about 1/2 to 3/4 inches with the overlap to join the ends of the elastic. This is the softer lingerie elastic. If you are using a regular 1/4 to 1/3 inch you may want to lengthen it a little.:up:
User: gmcsewer
Member since: 08-19-2003
Total posts: 45
From: material_pakrat
Date: 05-20-2007, 07:55 PM (4 of 4)
I dont know if this would work for everyone, but i have only had a couple of problems with it so far. For the waist, I look at what the pattern says the waist measurement is. Then I subtract 1 - 1 1/2 inches, for the elastic length. It also depends on how stretchy your elastic is.

To guess the legs, I would try the same sort of thing, depending on how gathered the leg looks. If you were still unsure, make a pull cord type like on some jumpers. Put the elastic through, and leave a small loop on the outside with a toggle on it. Then it can be tightened/loosened as required.
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
User: material_pakrat
Member since: 12-13-2006
Total posts: 220
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