Difference between Size 4 and 5 in Family Reunion?
6 years ago
I’ve decided I want to attempt this for my daughter’s back to school dress. She’s currently a street size 4. Her chest and waist measurement puts her just of of the 3T on the sizing chart.
I’m debating buying the 6M-4 pattern (which will probably only get used this once) or getting the 5-12 pattern which will certainly get much more use.
The finished measurements don’t look that different between 4 and 5 (about 3/4″ in the chest and 1/2″ in the sleeves). I’m fairly new to sewing but I can handle adjusting the length of a dress or sleeves. Not sure about taking in the bodice if need be or if this style would look okay big.
Thanks in advance for any guidance/suggestions!6 years agoRobin @Robin
I’d buy the bigger size. I like the things I sew to be slightly too big for my daughter. I want her to be able to wear what I make for as long as possible.6 years agocybele727 @cybele727
I second Robin. I would buy bigger. The FR is not a fitted dress, but an a-line. The only place it really needs to “fit” is in the shoulders/neckline, so it doesn’t fall off the shoulders or gap. Because it is a close fitting neck line, and not a scoop or V neck a little bigger won’t hurt the wearing of it. Plus the larger size may mean being able to wear a long sleeve shirt under it for colder/cooler climes.6 years ago
Perfect. Thanks ladies!
I’m so excited, I’ve been holding off on buying so many Oliver + S patterns because she’s on the verge of sizing out of one set and into the other.6 years agoNicole @motherof5
I am normally all for buying ‘up’ but this one does seem to be a broader fit. I would wonder if you size up, if there may be an issue of being able to see down the front when she bends over?
Just my five cents worth 🙂6 years agoLightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch
I’m afraid I agree with Nicole, for this dress I would add any needed length to the smaller size. It does seem quite roomy and the neckline is quite generous and could be gapey on a little one.
My three and a half year old is outgrowing some of her size 3 Oliver + S dresses but wears the size 2 Family Reunion still and it looks great.
If you know you’ll use the bigger size range again, maybe try the 5 first (assuming it’s not super special fabric) and then only buy the smaller pattern if it’s obviously a next-years dress.6 years agoMama_Knowles @Mama_Knowles
I third what Nicole says, I find this dress/top to be a bit wide in the shoulder area. You can always add length to the size 4 to make it fit longer, that’s what I do on this dress. I find it fits for a long time. My daughter is in the size 4 (But measures 3T for tops) O+S too and this is one pattern that still fits very well. I would buy the smaller.6 years ago
Thanks ladies! I appreciate the feedback. She’s not overly tall, so I’m not too worried about length. I’m still thinking on it and waiting for my fabric to come in…6 years ago
I agree on the family reunion- I think you should buy the smaller version- and you might even want to make a 3 on this one.
I made a size 3 for my 6.5 year old 2 years ago (and added some length so she would get some wear out of it) and she is still wearing it. I just cut a size 4 for her to make a new one for her this summer.
I don’t have great pictures, but here is her 2 years ago (to the day!) https://www.flickr.com/photos/39449645@N06/7607099576/in/photostream/
and here she is last month in the same dress- https://www.flickr.com/photos/39449645@N06/14198017339/.
In the second photo, the sweater she is wearing is a size S (6-7) from Gap Kids.
In the second photo, she is standing next to my younger daughter who turns 4 in a month and she wears RTW shirts in a size 4 (I only buy t-shirts and sweaters, so that is the only RTW sizing I know. 🙂 ) I have a size 2 family reunion cut for her.
If you would like, I can put the little one in the size 3 FR and take a picture (and give you measurements of her self) and see if that helps you in your decision making.6 years ago
Rebecca, this is extremely useful! What are your younger daughter’s measurements if you have a size 2 cut for her? It’s hard to tell, but she looks to be about the same size/proportions as my daughter (who will be 4 in just over a month). Thank you!6 years ago
I am not sure that I measure correctly, but she is 20.5 in in her chest and she is about 38.5 in tall. Here is a picture of her in the size 3 (with some extra length, but I don’t remember how much)-
I just did the math and realized that I made the size 3 for the older one when she was about 4.5, so I hope I don’t regret the size 2 for the little one! Although, I guess I will probably still get plenty of wear out of it, just not 2 years!6 years ago
Thank you so much! DD is I think 21 in the chest and 38 inches tall, so they’re very close, and I’m thinking the 3 might work. I definitely need to buy the smaller pattern size. Again, thank you this helps a whole bunch!6 years agoEmilyG @EmilyG
I am going to agree with Nicole and others here. I find the Family Reunion dress to run a bit big and the front could gape a bit. You could buy the 5, but I find it fits more like a six. My daughter usually wears a five in all O and S. In this one she can wear a 4 with length added. That chest measurement is going to be key because otherwise the neck opening could end up quite wide.6 years ago
You’re welcome! I’m glad I could help!
I forgot to mention- I measure my older daughter too- she is 21.5 in the chest. And she still fits into the 3 comfortably.
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