Apparently it’s kiddie week on the blog – on Monday it was children’s fashions from the early 1920s, and today I’m hoping to get your help with a children’s sizing question.
One of my sewing students is making children’s fashions, and she’s noticed a gap in the sizing charts which affects how she sizes patterns.
In order to understand the gap a bit more, we’re taking a very informal survey. Do you have access to a child between the ages of 2 & 11? Could you take two measurements on them and tell us the following:
1: The child’s age, gender, and:
2: The measurement from the top of their head, to the point where the neck joins the shoulder (taken straight, as if you were holding a ruler from the shoulder up past the ear to the top of the head)
3: The child’s torso length, from the hollow in the centre of their neck, to their true waist.
I’m doing this as a leave-a-blog-comment survey, rather than using a survey form, because I think it would be interesting for other people to see the results as they come in.
Obviously it will be neither comprehensive nor scientifically accurate, but will still give us a little more of an idea of the ranges.
Many, MANY thanks in advance to you, and the children you measure, for your assistance!
I shall leave it up to your discretion whether you would like to reward them with the treat suggested in this 1920s ad, of ‘famous’ Plain Suet Pudding with “that splendid natural laxative – Golden Syrup.”
My daughter is 5 years old. The measurement from top of head to shoulder is 8.5 inches. The measurement from center neck to natural waist is 10.5 inches.
Thanks Kelly! Much appreciated!
I have 3 daughters;
age 7 – top of head to shoulder 9.5″- torso length 11.5″
age nearly 5 – top of head to shoulder 9″- torso length 10″
age 2.5- top of head to shoulder 7.75″- torso length 9″
Thank you! Super helpful!
I cracked up at your phrasing: do you have access to a child? Luckily I do, so here’s the numbers
1. Age: 6 yrs Sex: Female
2. 8.5 inches (21.6 cm)
3. 11.5 inches (29.2 cm)
Well, I wanted to cover all possibilities of being able to measure children! 😉
Many thanks for your answer!
11 yr old boy : 11in, 14in. ( he’s a bit small for 11 )
9 yr old boy : 10in, 14in.
3.5 yr old boy: 8.5in, 10in.
Thank you! Much appreciated!
1) Female, age 10-1/2
My daughter is pretty small for her age.
I can get two more girl measurements (ages 9 & 11) tomorrow.
girl, age 7: head 9.5 inches, torso 11 inches
girl, age 10: head 10 inches, torso 11 inches
1. B, 12yrs, 11.25″ and 12.5″
2. B, 10yrs, 11″ and 12″
Age 11.7; head to shoulder 25cm; neck to waist 38cm
24 month old boy
8 inches head to shoulder
9 inches neck to bellybutton
Not easy to measure while squirming