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dek9 has been kind enough to pass along out-grown clothes from her daughter to my girls. Since she has way better taste than mine this has been a fine thing.
This morning I was poking through the closet looking for something to put on Lady Godiva. I came across a pair of cropped jeans in a 2t size that Dawn had bought on clearance and T had outgrown before she had a chance to wear. (Have I mentioned that the sizing of childrens' clothing is random and irrational?) They looked about the right size so I pulled them out and tried them on her. They fit perfectly. I turned them over to look for more tags and stickers (there seem to be a great many of tags and stickers on clothes these days.) and the butt was embroidered with flowers in EXACTLY the same colors as the shirt I had already put on her.
I bought that shirt at a totally different store, also on clearance,
because it was a 24 mo size bodysuit. (All part of my effort to keep clothes on the child.)

So now she has an outfit!
Sheer Luck!



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Jul. 25th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
My kids lived in Onesies (or the JCPenney equivalent). In the summer, that was all they wore (and socks/shoes if we were outside -- somewhere there are pictures of L climbing all over a tractor in just a Onesie and a pair of shoes); in the winter we usually managed to get them to leave pants on. The advantage to onesies is that they can't reach the snaps, so at least the shirt stays on. And they're light enough that the kids don't feel hot. (T was/is very long in the torso, and the JCP shirts were long enough. They also looked a little more like Tshirts and not underwear. I have no idea if they're still available, though.)
Jul. 25th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
BTW, I have a TON more clothes for you - it's been a while. You can always feel free to pick through and say you can't use something, too - I'm glad those worked out for you, though!

And even better, now that you have a second girl you can re-use that adorable tiered summer dress next year, if you still have it.


As for the sizing of children's clothes - it is no more random or irrational that the sizing of women's clothing.
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Katie was the wrong size in the wrong season for some of the wonderful summer outfits. Julie is just right. At this moment she is wearing the orange checked top and capri's. : ) And, yes. I kept the tiered dress. And the patchwork one.

Jul. 25th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
I absolutely agree with Dawn on the sizing issues on both women's and children's clothing. X means X but only with Y manufacturer and so on. In *your* case, you have Chunky Northern European; in mine, we have narrow-hipped, small and slim Southern Chinese. Susan does 99.999% of the clothes shopping for Meredith, but that's because she knows the exotic mesh of which stores and which of their suppliers' stuff actually has a ghost of a chance of fitting the child!

I've tried buying clothes for both of them, and find the process to be horrifying because of the bing-bing-bing Ricochet-Rabbit chaos on sizing.
Jul. 25th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
You're spot on about the arbitrary sizing of children's clothes. I went through that with M a few years ago.
Jul. 25th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Enjoy the matchieness while you can. 2 years from now, she'll be dressing herself and you might find her in a pink dress, orange leggings, leather boots and a green feather boa :)
Jul. 25th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
*grin* I solved that by making sure that everything in the drawers could be worn with anything else, the only exceptions being dress pants and shirts for shul. And if he wore sneakers with those dress pants, well, if someone else thought didn't like that it was their problem.
Jul. 25th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Well, in the case of our daughter, the mismached clothing is usually my fault. I've never learned to dress *myself* in matched clothing, surely you don't expect me to do any better dressing a kid? Personally, I thought that the pink top with the red-and-brown-striped pants was just fine, and Sam was fine with it, but Sandy did not agree . . .
Jul. 25th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
I just let Kate go. Eventually she learned what went with what... mostly. She certainly has individual taste :) And I think it's cute when kids express their individuality in harmless ways.

Do you know how many colors Kate's hair was in her teenaged years?
Jul. 25th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Sizing kids clothes: "They will outgrow this before they are age X" where X is the so-called size. I suspect that the clothes are very specific as to dimension; it's the kids that refuse to conform to their standard model (that is, most of them) that mess up the situation. There is also some pressure to appease the parents of children who are statistically in the lowest percentile of growth; it weirds parents out more when their child is still in a size 18 mo when the kid is 24 mos old, than the other way around. As a result, kids at the upper end statistically wind up wearing a size 4 when they're 24 mos old. So it goes.

At least your sewing machine doesn't fight with you. I'm looking at having to get tailored clothing for G (waist: 24; inseam: 32; they don't carry that size in North American mens stores). Bleah.
Jul. 25th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Being a guy, he doesn't buy the whole "capri pant" thing, huh?
I suppose that even jams look like short shorts on him.

Jul. 25th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
www.ae.com goes down to a 26" inseam and has a 32 inseam. That, at least, isn't too huge to take in... http://www.ftmguide.org/shortmensclothes.html#jeans has some good tips for skinny guys.
Jul. 25th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
"www.ae.com goes down to a 26" inseam and has a 32 inseam. That, at least, isn't too huge to take in..."

The 26" waist only comes in a 28" inseam. The smallest pant with a 32" inseam is a 29" waist - his hips are 29".

I have ordered size 18 Slim pants with 32" inseam from Lands End (maybe my comments last year helped...). They will reportedly come with a 27" waist. If they fall down, I will take them to a tailor for alteration. I suspect, though, that Greg will just wear them as is; they'll be baggy but no one will notice.

uJeans will become an option once he stops growing.

Edited at 2008-07-25 11:32 pm (UTC)
Jul. 25th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Ok, now I know that J is small.. however... Yesterday I put a pair of shorts on him, and they seemed a tiny bit short, most of his shorts hit him around his knees, these were at mid thigh.
Just to clarify... J turns 3 in Oct.
So yes, children's clothing size is wonky.
Jul. 25th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Well, a 12month size is going to have a lot of space around the bottom to allow for a diaper, so if the kid is out of diapers.... IIRC, a 2T is actually smaller than a 24m around the hip area for just that reason (mod usual caveats of designer/style). I know that that's true in sewing patterns.
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
But as noted above, the sizing you see in stores is built for a body structure that is set around Your Standard Kid. And Mere, due to her ethnic background (yadda yadda) is too slim and small for a lot of that. (And she's NOT the smallest and slimmest of her roughtly-same-age Chinese-adoptive-kid friends. Not by a long shot.)
Jul. 26th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Most of what I buy for Mere is from Justice because they are made for slim kids and they have slim sizes. Meredith has never been the same size shirt as pants. She's now wearing a size 8 shirt and she's somewhere between a 7Slim and 8 Slim pants. Last week, though, her grandma bought her an "emergency" pair of shorts at target (she was too hot in jeans), and it was a 5T! Fortunately, Mere found this funny, rather than being offended at having "baby" shorts.
Jul. 26th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
I think that was Susan (marmot63)
Jul. 26th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Bodysuit - good idea. Onesies were good with Gabriel, it does quell the stripper urger for a while till they figure them out.

When the Mother was sick I had to put G in daycare for a week. The second day he was there I went to pick him up and the director (mother of a kid I went to school with so we know each other) caught me and said "I hope you find this as funny as I do..."

Uh oh, I thought... she continued with "He kept taking his diaper off on the playground so we had to tape it shut." ROFL!!!

That was the downside of snap bottom clothes, he was unsnapping his overalls and hiking the diaper down. My son.
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