Here's some suggestions from an old sewing book I have (fromthe days when it was still common to make your kids clothes and thus let them out as they grew);
-Let-out seams and deep hems. When you cut your materials, allow an extra inch to two inches at the length of the pants and top, and sleeves. Do a deeper rolled hem to hide it, if it's not lined (the book explains using a tuck at the waist of a girl's dress, but obviously that's not the case with your costume). Likewise, don't clip seam allowances too closely at shoulders, neck, etc. leaving a little extra (do pink or serge, though, so they don't fray) so the entire thing if need be can be let out a little. Kids tend to grow in height before width, but you never know (and if your kid wants to wear the costume for a REALLY long time, or it gets given to another child, you'll definitely need it).
-Related to such, if you think they're going to grow across the shoulders, add a small tuck of about one inch (made by making a dart of half an inch deep with each fabric half you're sewing together there) across the shoulder seam going towards the waist area. The extra bulk will "blend" itself into the chest area while the shoulders still look fine. It can then be let out later and gives two inches extra room to grow when let fully out.
-Elastic is your friend! Elastic stretches and is usually comfy. You can add snaps or a loop and button along with it to make sure it fits properly but when they grow, can just remove them and the elastic itself will then be enough. Likewise, if you can get away with the fabric having a little stretch, all the better. Especially if your toddler is active and runs the risk of ripping or popping seams on their clothes. And don't skimp on the fabric quality, in that case. If you think she'll wear it a lot, go with a durable easy-care fabric, not cheap thin Halloween-bin materials.
And I assume you know this already if you've sewn for your kid, but just in case- NEVER use the age to select the pattern size, always go by the chest measurement. A chubby versus a skinny kid of the same age will be a different size, and so on, and it's much easier to take in sizes if the chest is correctly fitted. And when between sizes or in doubt, go with the larger option (you of course know the "They'll grow into it" saying).
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Originally Posted by Moofingham
There is a vibe here that says "We're in this together! Through thick and thin fabric! Through cold water washes and burning hot irons! Though we might super glue ourselves to our projects, cut holes/gashes/oh-god-mom's-gonna-kill-me into the dining room table, we will stand strong together. Unless there is a 75% off sale at the Fabric store. Then you're on your own. And get the hell out of my way." <3
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