I have the feeling that clothing manufacturers are fooling with sizes.
Little Brother inherited all of Big Brother's old stuff that was still in wearable condition. This included the Communion Suit. I think Big Brother wore it twice.
But Little Brother fit in that suit last August, when he wore it to Pop's funeral. He wore it again on Christmas, and I realized that there was no way it would still fit in May for Little Brother's First Communion.
Big Brother's old suit was a size 7, so I ordered a new suit in size 8. Despite the fact that Little Brother has grown since Christmas and Big Brother's suit is definitely too small for him now, this size 8 is absolutely huge. Well, the jacket is fine--but the pants are quite big.
With a good belt and a hemming job (I can do that!) we can make this suit work. The good news is, Little Brother will have this suit to wear for a good long time to come.
But I just don't get how the jump from a 10-year-old size 7 to a present-day size 8 involves FOUR inches in the waist and three in the length.
I guess they are growing kids bigger these days. However, that doesn't mean I am in favor of anything as silly as taxes on sugary beverages.
But it would make organizing the hand-me-downs a lot easier if manufacturers kept their size standards, well, standard.