For a while now, I’ve been seriously envious of all the stylish children that wear handmade clothes from Figgy’s Pattens. I mean, come on, just check out how styling these child models are! The Nituna Coat, Zephyr Romper, and Scirocco Dress are just some of my favorite patterns that I’ve always wished came in my size. And now, Shelly of Figgy’s Patterns has made my wish come true! Shelly is working to release her patterns in tween sizes! (Thank goodness I stopped growing in middle school!) And, as part of the Heavenly Tour, I sewed up the Seraphic Raglan Tee in a tween size XL.
I used a great double sided jersey knit from Girl Charlee, but it’s sold out now. In fact, I bought a couple yards in the navy and used it in my Out and About dress too. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this fabric comes back in stock because it is seriously that soft and wonderful.
I sewed this top together before a ski weekend in the mountains, so I have dubbed this top my Apres Ski Tee as it saw lots of use while I lounged by a fireplace.
I made the XL size, even though my measurements fell within the large size, because I wanted more of a loose fitting, comfy cozy tee. But, I think I was super generous with my seam allowances when I serged the edges, so the finished garment measurements might have ended up more like the large anyways. I also added in an additional 2 inches to the length just because I like my tops to be longer.
Overall, this top came together very quickly and the instructions were easy to follow. In fact, this was one of the best laid out PDF patterns I have come across. I was able to assemble the PDF pattern, cut out the pattern, cut out my fabric, and sew the top in only a couple of hours.
I got a little tripped up on the neckband though. I typically attach neckbands using the “4 corners” method and the instructions called for a different method I hadn’t seen before. I ended up following the directions, but I don’t think I did a great job of stretching the neckband out evenly across the neckline. I’m guessing that’s something that will come with practice though, but I think I’m going to stick to my “4 corners” method since it’s something I’m used to.
If you look closely, you’ll notice that the tee still needs to be hemmed. I sewed this top fairly late at night and was too tired to rethread my serger for the cover stitch, so I just left the edges unfinished. But, I’m planning on getting to that this week!
Top : Handmade // Leggings : Lululemon // Boots : Sorel circa 2012 (similar) // Necklace : Thrifted (similar)
As part of the Figgy’s Heavenly Tour, Shelly has generously offered a free PDF pattern from the Heavenly Collection to one Sewbon reader! Make sure to enter using the Rafflecoper widget below to enter.
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And, because Shelly is amazing, she’s doing a HUGE giveaway at the end of the pattern tour (which is this week!). So make sure to enter on the Figgy’s blog here!
Don’t forget to check out the links below to see what everyone else on the Figgy’s Heavenly Tour made!
First Row: All Buttoned Up, Sew Chibi, Imagine Gnats
Second Row: Sewbon, Welcome to the Mouse House, Charm Stitch
Third Row: Casa Turtle, The Southern Institute, Elise Marley
Fourth Row: Lexi Made, West Coast Crafty, I Seam Stressed
Fifth Row: Me Sew Crazy, Made with Moxie, Fiskateers
Sixth Row: You and Mie, Frances Suzanne, Girl Like the Sea
Seventh Row: Behind the Hedgerow, Miss Matatabi, Dry Goods Design
Eight Row: Things For Boys, Brienne Moody, Alison Glass
Ninth Row: Sew Much Ado, Caila Made
Thanks so much to Andy for snapping these shots of me real quick up at Lake Dillon in the deep snow. The snow was so high that it almost covered a trash can!
Disclaimer: The Seraphic Raglan Tee PDF Pattern was provided to me free of charge for participating in the Heavenly Tour but, as always, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own.