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Best pants for tall 4 year old

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    Profile photo of ElizabethElizabeth @Ekmcnally

    I need advice on the best patterns to use for my daughter’s pants. She is tall and slender- probably a 3 width and 5/6 length. She prefers no button or real fly on the front of her pants and isn’t too picky beyond that. I have the following patterns:

    -sandbox (up to 3T)
    -field trip (up to 4t)
    -art museum (up to 4t)
    -after school (5t-12)

    Any thoughts on which of those four is the best starting point to get a nice, slender fit? I’ve made the playtime leggings and will make the nature walk pants and feel relatively confident in my ability to adjust them to her size. I just need advice for twill/denim/corduroy type pants. Thank you!!

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    I’ve made them all except the Nature Walk and for my kids who are slim but average height I have found the After School to be the slimmest. They’re easy to pull on for little ones, too.

    I still have to size my oldest daughter down in width on everything, she’s 11. It’s not difficult, I just have focus carefully when I trace my pattern pieces so I don’t forget to be consistent in my adjustments.

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    Both the Sandbox and Afterschool have nice long legs.

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    I love the fit of the After School pants. They are a nice slim fit although I do have to lengthen them a bit for my long skinny boys. The Sandbox are also a great fit and I’ve never had to lengthen them.
    Good luck!

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    Profile photo of Justine JJustine J @justmejay

    Agree re the after pants – they are the slimmest IMO – I love the sandbox pants but they are wide-ish at the bottoms

    (Ahhh, but just realised you only have the larger size range for the after school….I think that you would be best making a 3/4T if she is long and skinny)

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    Profile photo of with love Heidiwith love Heidi @with love Heidi

    I love the field trip! These are my goto pants. I have made them 3T with 4 length plus 2×2″ growth hems. I made them last may and they are still going very strongly and we have only let down the first 2″.

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    Profile photo of ElizabethElizabeth @Ekmcnally

    Thank you all! I had a feeling that the after school would be the best fit so I look forward to my daughter growing into the size 5! Maybe I’ll experiment with the sandbox and field trip for now. If I skip most of the pockets then I should be able to sew up a pair or two quickly to confirm fit.

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    Maybe consider buying the small range of the After School pattern, since it is actually a fantastic pants pattern for little boys too? 😉

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    It would also be very easy to slim down the Art Museum trousers based on a pair of pants that fits well. The Field Trip and Sandbox patterns have wide legs.

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    Profile photo of ElizabethElizabeth @Ekmcnally

    Thanks, Inder! I’m always looking for a reason to buy another pattern 🙂 Of course as of yesterday E has decided she prefers skirts and dresses, so apparently my pants-sewing project is on hold anyway.

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    After School pants are the perfect choice for my long, string-bean girl.

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