Justin’s mother saved me her mother’s patterns. I love them. I spent the other day, going through all the little girl dress patterns making sure I had all the pieces. Well, that got me all excited to sew, and I am always needing a good project to keep me busy. So today I made this: (the little blue dress)
Isn’t it adorable! It reminds me of the Kennedy’s, it’s from that time and fashion- and is just so classic.
There was one problem. The pattern was for a size 4, and I wanted to make something she could wear sooner than that. I researched online and found a fabulous tutorial, and have some images for you who would like to try it themselves.
Since I don’t have a little model to try it out on, I looked up all the basic measurements. I found one perfect size chart here with all measurements, that helped me to double check my changes. And one other children’s size chart that I had to convert from metric.
Once i had the info I needed to do the work, I found:
- architectural fodder paper (thin tissue paper)
- sewing gauge
Once I had my supplies together, I checked the back of the pattern for the size measurements according to the pattern. Then I wrote out the size changes and figured what the difference in inches needed to be. (this is also where thischart came in handy for figuring proper armhole depth and shoulder to edge of neck measurements, later after I made the changes, I measured the changes to make sure they were correct).
Step 1: Trace existing pattern onto fodder.