How to Choose Between Slim and Reg Sizing for Your Child

I have four kids. I love sewing for them. I love being able to make them unique and fun clothing. They love it as well. They will always choose mom-made before anything else. There will be times when I go to the grocery store and as I’m standing in line to check out and it’s quiet for a second (doesn’t happen very often), and I will notice we each have some mom-made clothing on. It makes my heart burst.

My children all have different bodies. Some are tall and lanky, others a little more stout. I love that the DIBY Club has both a regular and a slim version for each of their children’s pattern. But having two options sometimes can be difficult if you don’t know which one is best for you child. We are going to learn which children’s pattern to use Regular or Slim. So your children can have perfect fitting clothing as well.

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So how do you choose?

I am going to show you with my oldest son, we’ll call him J, and my daughter, we’ll call her E. Both have very different body types and I use both of the pattern types when sewing for them.

The most important thing when sewing for yourself, your spouse, your second cousin twice removed or your children is to measure them, and measure them accurately. Especially kids they grow inches overnight.

I’m not going to go into detail about how to measure, you can check out this post on how to measure your kiddo, or look in the patterns instructions. My main focus in this post is how to use those measurements to help you choose which pattern pieces to use.

We will start with J and see which pattern pieces we are going to use. First things first we need are his measurements.

Which children's pattern to use - Regular or Slim

Which children's pattern to use - Regular or Slim

Now I am going to look at each size chart and circle where his measurements fall in the two charts.

Which children's pattern to use - Regular or Slim

To make life easier for us we are going to choose which ever size chart there is less to grade, meaning less work for us. For him the obvious choice is the slim. He is tall and skinny, which is exactly the body type the slims are drafted for. It would be silly to use the regular pieces and grade between six different sizes.

Now lets repeat the process for E and see where her measurements fall into.

Which children's pattern to use - Regular or Slim

Which children's pattern to use - Regular or Slim

We are going to do the same thing for E, and circle her measurements on both charts.

Which children's pattern to use - Regular or Slim

Her body type is a lot different then J’s. She is more stout and has a nice butt. But it’s still a no-brainer which one we should use, the regular pattern. There will still be some grading but far less grading then if we used the slim pattern. (You can see her in the Samantha Children’s dress sewing pattern if you want to see her fitting in action)

It can be hard at first to know which pattern to use. The important thing to do is to take your child’s measurements and look at each chart. It is the greatest thing to have clothing that actually fits my kids. The years of buying shirts that were way too big just to get the length for my son is over, and having shirts that fit my daughter is awesome!

Knowing which pattern to use regular or slim is a game-changer in my book.

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