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Date Posted: 13:53:39 03/15/01 Thu
I am going to have my daughters school dress made by the school dress maker and I wanted a little advice on length.
Some of the most recent dresses I have seen at our school look a little big on the dancer, and I would suspect that parents ASK the dress maker to make them that way, to get a longer "shelf life". However, I feel our school dresses are VERY reasonable in price, $200. And if cared for, have an excellent resale value...so...I want my daughters dress to fit nicely, if she outgrows it, I'll resale, and rebuy. She is a dancer who has struggled along for quite some time, and is finally starting to get it together...she does not need the handicap of a too big dress. So...What length do you think looks good on young girls. (she is 8- average height, with loooong legs--she has good dancing feet and legs--her shortcomings, as a dancer, fall in the upper body--so we want that judge looking at the LEGS! LOL) And also...if you give a length in inches above the knee...is it about the knee with a pointed toe, or feet together?
-between 2 and 3 inches above the knee, depending on the height of the child. Most 8 year olds I've seen go about 2 1/2 inches.
-To be consistent it is best to measure a dress from the ground when kneeling. For Irish Dancing dresses, our teacher like them to be 2 to 3 inches above the ground when kneeling. Obviously for a growing child this may end up being closer to 4 inches after a few months. But the initial measurement is 2 to 3 inches.
-2" above the knee with a pointed toe looks very tidy.
-Parents ask me all the time to make them a little long so that they'll last - which I sure understand, since I have a seven-year-old I can't seem to keep in pants long enough. But, considering "wear-time" isn't a big deal to you, try this - Measure you're daughter with her toe pointed, then with her feet together, to get a happy medium. A good length with her toe pointed may be pretty short when her feet are together. also, mark her waist with a string or piece of elastic to make sure both measurements are accurate. (Most eight-year-olds don't have much of a waist yet, and it's harder to get them accurate without marking the waist.)
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