If you haven't realized it yet, there is less than six weeks to go until Christmas, and I know that for many of us this means there is a lot of activity happening on our cutting mats and sewing desks (or living room floors and kitchen tables as the case may be). This year, I have plans for new Skyler & Jordan pajamas for all three of my kids that they can wear on Christmas Eve! One of the challenges of sewing for children is keeping up with how quickly they grow. My daughter just had a birthday and she informed me in no uncertain terms this this means she is "much taller now". And I've certainly noticed my boys have been eating more these last couple months, as if they were preparing to hibernate (hmm... if only kids did slow down in winter instead of the inevitable cabin fever...). To help me keep track of what size they will be in this winter, I've created some FREE printable recording sheets for their body measurements. And of course I'm sharing them with you!
Included in this PDF is two copies of the five most used body measurements on the sizing charts of my patterns. UPDATE FEBRUARY 2018 - Make that SIX... as the cards now include "Full Height" measurement as well! These can of course be used for other designers patterns also, and if you need to add additional measurements there is space to write more specifics. It also includes some tips for where to measure the chest, waist, hips, outseam, and sleeve length. At the top, you will record the date (because it won't do you any good if you forget to recycle an old copy of their measurements and use it by mistake) and the child's name and age.
But WAIT, there's MORE! (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
Different designers use different sizing charts so what my child wears by one designer or pattern might be very different than what they wear by another. Which brings me to the second FREEBIE I'm posting for you today. This record card can be used to keep track of what size you are making according to a particular designer or pattern. For my oldest two children, who are both slim and lanky, it means I can write down clearly which sizes I need to blend together in order for them to get the best possible fit.
I hope that you will find these Body Measurements and Sizing Record Cards helpful as you plan your upcoming sewing projects for the holiday season and all year 'round!
As for me, it looks like it's time to get out the measuring tape and get some updated measurements for my kiddos. I've got the fabric all picked out for our Christmas jammies and the clock is ticking! Speaking of which... we're counting down these last weeks until Christmas over in Pollywoggles Sewing Circle, and that means I've got some fun things planned in the group! Be sure to join the group and follow along to find out more.
Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the digital world. When I'm not designing (or, more likely, attempting to keep up with housework or schooling my three rug rats!) you'll probably find me with my nose in a book, escaping for a few precious moments into a world of fiction or learning with single-minded focus about my latest interest. Here, I'd like to share with you some of the things that I'm currently working on and a bit about all the ways I like to keep my creative juices flowing!
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