Raise your hand if you’ve ever been frustrated at buying clothing for your child! Or had to answer the question, “what size does he/she wear” with a complicated explanation? If you are one of those parents that can say “my daughter wears a size 2T,” and there are no other qualifiers to your statement, I may despise you just a little. No, I kid. But truly… My response usually goes like this: “well, she wears a size 4T for dresses, but 3T for pants and skirts, but sometimes the pants are too short, but shirts are definitely a 3T, sometimes 2T depending on the brand.” Sound familiar? If you like a challenge, then fitting children in store bought clothes should be right up your alley.
Sometimes you get lucky. Other times, your daughter shows up to church with the dress you carefully selected for your husband to dress her in (since you had to leave early to volunteer) and it’s short. Really short. So short that even the tights she’s wearing don’t detract from the shortness of it. You find yourself silently thanking God that she’s only 3 years old and not 13 years old or you would be the subject of the latest church scandal…. While my sweet husband is usually pretty conservative about dress/skirt length, I know he finds the dress & tights vs tunic & legging thing to be utterly confusing so he relies on me to steer him in the right direction. To think I thought a 4T would be safe! *sigh*
My poor husband and all his girls with their dresses and hair bows and piggy tails. Maybe we’ll have a boy this time for some balance in his universe? I am pretty sure our male cat is not contributing enough balance. 😉
One of the beauties of sewing clothing for my girls has been that I can use their measurements to custom size their clothes. I know that my oldest’s chest size usually needs to be downsized, but the length is typically true to size or needs to be increased an inch or so. My 2 year old usually requires less adjustments. (Wish I could say the same about her behavior! hehe)
To make my life easier and prevent subjecting the torture of measuring them multiple times, I made a spreadsheet with the girls’ measurements. Let me clarify, the measuring is torture for me, not them. Trying to corral two young children and get them to stand still long enough for accurate measuring apparently isn’t my forte. After searching different measurement guides, I created my own spreadsheet for reference. It’s nice to glance at whenever I have a new project and
quickly carefully (okay, maybe my math skills have declined a little) make sure I’m picking the right size. Now I can match a size 3 bodice of a dress with the size 4 skirt pattern piece and usually get the perfect fit! Kate: 1, Store bought children’s clothing: 0. Take that! If you’d like to download a copy for yourself, feel free! Child Measurement Guide (Just don’t laugh at my very unrefined drawings of a child) 🙂
Now I just have make sure I anticipate any growth spurts that could throw off my measurements. Or keep up with the slow daily growth too, I suppose. Why can’t my littles stay little forever…..
Make sure to come back tomorrow for a post on the dresses in these photos!