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The first time I saw a Figgy’s Pattern while scrolling through Pinterest I almost fell out of my seat. A modern, American, CHILDREN’S pattern company?! How did I not know about them always!
I’m a huge fan of Shelly’s clean and modern asthetic, and I adore how fresh and functional the Banyan tees are. Both the boy’s and girl’s patterns and instructions are in one pdf, and once printed, the pattern tiles together quickly and easily. She suggests tracing the pattern instead of cutting up the tiled pages, which is smart—I know I’ll be using this pattern again, so it saves me taping and assembling time in the future.
I love the way these shirts come together. The detailed instructions are the same for both versions, so there are just a few variations for each one (i.e. the hems). One thing I liked about the construction was that you attach the neck band after sewing just one shoulder together, so that you’re attaching the band to an open neck rather than a closed circle. This makes it easier to stretch the band evenly, and it’s just a breeze to attach. That being said, it is a little tougher to recognize if the band needs to be tighter, because it’s hard to tell if it will lie completely flat until you assemble the shoulder. On my first version the band wasn’t quite tight enough (it wasn’t lying flat), so I had to seam rip the shoulder apart again and then remove the band to shorten it’s length a little.
It’s the small details that make these shirts such standouts—the sleeve cuff on the boy’s tee, and the handkerchief hem on the girl’s are both so cool and easy. Both tees have great style lines (especially the lovely a-line girls version!) and my kids love how comfortable they are. The fit and sizing for both are fantastic; the only alterations I made were minor: I lengthened my boy’s version slightly as my kiddos tend to have pretty long torsos, and shortened the length and added a teensy bit to the width of the neck bands. I had originally made a boy’s version in the same navy stripe as my girl’s but failed to prewash, and it shrunk ridiculously. So I just threw it on my baby girl, and added a little elastic through the neck casing to bring it in. It gives an oversized-tunic-tee look for her, and paired with some leggings, I really love it.
On top of the pitch perfect styling of the shirts, Figgy’s branding is exceptional—the whole pdf is pretty and exciting to work from. This would be a great beginner’s project, but will likely attract sewists from all different levels because of the stylish design. So now I have one for each my kids and I can’t wait to make more!
Fabric: For Twinkle and Tiny’s I used a navy and white striped 1 way stretch knit (which made the neckbands a little hard, and likely the reason I had to alter the length), that I got for $2/yd at NPS. Tito’s happy stripe interlock knit was a remnant I snagged from a friend.
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