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Childrenswear has become a very popular area of clothing for  UK fashion startups. Any startup owner needs to be aware of the extra safety and legal issues specific to childrenswear, for both the fabric and the garment. There are various restrictions regarding flammability, cords and drawstrings as well as regulations about labelling. But overall if you can get it right, childrenswear can be a very rewarding business.

 Childrenswear Pattern Cutting

Childrenswear is a very specialised area within the clothing industry. It requires specialised knowledge  to be able to make a good pattern. While not as technical, precise or standardised  as other genres, there are other factors that make cutting childrenswear patterns more complicated.

The base size for menswear is normally either 38″ or 40″, while for ladieswear it is usually 8 or 10. This makes it fairly easy to become familiar with how the shapes should look.  In childrenswear however, the base size could be anything from 3 years to 13 years. For most pattern cutters, It is not practical or cost effective to have eleven childrenswear mannequins. And it is very difficult to be familiar with how each of these eleven sizes should look. So anyone  not making childrenswear patterns regularly will find it very hard to get the patterns right.

There are other complications with childrenswear patterns that an inexperienced pattern cutter would probably not know. For instance a child’s head is almost full adult size, which means that if a neck is too small their head may not fit through the opening.

Fitting a child’s garment can also be difficult. Children will often not want to collaborate , or may get upset with trying certain types of garment. They can also be brutally honest too.

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Childrenswear Grading

Childrenswear requires many more sizing categories and needs to fit a wider range of sizes. Grading Childrenswear is very complicated and requires intricate knowledge of size specifications and sizing charts as well as other factors that effect the grading rules.

Because there are so many sizes involved in childrenswear and the grading process is  so complicated it is vital that there are no mistakes at this stage. Ideally a client should sample every size, but this can be prohibitively expensive and impractical, so we need to grade in such a way as to limit any potential costly problems. I tend to keep childrens grades more uniform than is standard, partly because it is more straight forward and partly because it is  this way it is easier to check for any discrepancies in the grade. While a large company can afford a few errors, smaller clothing companies cannot afford to  make the same mistakes.

Just the fact that a child`s head is 90% the size of a full grown adults can lead to big problems with neck sizes. Also children often do not like certain types of fit, especially round the neck.

In this sector I tend to work more with small startups mostly based around London or Kent, rather than with larger high Street Companies. It is these small clothing businesses that can encounter massive problems if they do not have the correct advice from the start. Every aspect of the sampling and production process can be a minefield for them.

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