Altering a pattern for height

LittleKiwisCloset women’s patterns are drafted for the height 5’3″ however it is easy to adjust for your height even if you are shorter or taller. The ladies patterns include a lengthen/shortern line which is what you will use to adjust to the height. A good rule of thumb for adding or removing length add or subtract 1.25cm (1/2″) for every 2.54cm (1″) over or under the drafted height. To ADD length This example uses a 5’6″ women where extra length is needed. Cut […]



Children’s Size Chart Tops and Dresses Pants and skirts How to measure your child? Measurements are best taken in tight fitting undergarments so that you can get a correct measurement without the extra of bulky clothing. CHEST ~ Is to be taken at nipple height. do not pull tight but you must not let the measuring tape be loose either. WAIST ~ Is to be taken at NATURAL WAIST unless stated otherwise in the pattern, this is pretty much inline […]


What is an FBA and do I need one?

Today we welcome Sandy Simpson to the blog to walk us through drafting an FBA on a raglan style pattern. I have been sewing for myself for the best part of 40 years and have only learned about the full bust adjustment in the last 18 months. What a light bulb moment it was for me and also an exciting time to steam ahead and make garments that actually fit me properly – everywhere. I have a classic hourglass figure […]


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