I really don't think there are too many differences between kids and adult patterns, but here are a few that I noticed:
- Adult patterns take a lot of fabric! I have been spoiled by the small amounts of fabric necessary to sew a size 2 ... since I don't sew many ruffles, most patterns use only about 1 yard of fabric.
- Getting the correct fit can be tricky. It's much easier to sew when a person has a 19" chest and a 19" waist :)
- Bigger things just plain take longer ... more cutting, more ironing and more sewing.
I made Ruthie an XS according to the measurements found in the pattern, and the top fit perfectly! I had to make a couple of modifications because I used an extremely thin, almost sheer knit that I found recently at a sewing expo. I chose to line the entire shirt (except the sleeves) with white jersey, so my construction method was quite a bit different than the pattern. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to make another one soon and create a tutorial for adding a lining :)
This pattern offers several options that I really think make it exceptional. You have the choice to make a tank or you can add long sleeves with an optional cuff with thumb hole cut-out. The Lucy tank can also be finished with or without a hood and in either a standard or tunic length.
Lightweight rayon jersey
Medium weight white cotton jersey