I had an hour to sew on Saturday and I almost didn't take it because an hour? That's not long enough to get anything done. Except that it is long enough! It turns out one can turn out an entire outfit in an hour.
This raglan T is part of Shelly Figuero's Heavenly Pattern Collection and I love it. Let me rephrase that: I looooooove it. She sent me the entire bundle of PDF patterns to review and they are all gorgeous, but you know, I only had that one hour! And even though I was set to cut out the Ethereal Blouse, I knew that I would be cutting it close. And anyway-- Truly is small and in desperate need of comfy clothes that haven't been worn by two or three of her brothers already. I made the Seraphic Raglan shirt (size 18 mos) out of cotton double knit from my stash (it is maybe the softest knit I've ever rubbed up against). Turns out I can keep making this shirt indefinitely, since Shelly graded it up all the way to teen size 16. The Sunki leggings are from Shelly's 2011 collection. I cut them out of a jersey skirt of mine and with elastic, they took 15 minutes of sewing time.
Shelly designs clothes that your kids are going to feel good wearing and that you're going to feel good sewing. The PDFs are full of colour photographs and skill building sewing. She loves to work with knits, and if you follow her instructions you might learn to sew with them. I didn't use my serger for either item (although I could have), so don't let a lack of one put you off. I've got the Stellar Tunic up next (knit body combined with patchwork sleeves!) after I finish one of raglans for each of the boys-- I think I could probably get all three cut out and sewn in two hours. Shelly is, mostly importantly, a good human being... in the years that I've known her she has constantly sought to live and do business in a way that affects postive change in her community. The fact that she puts out beautifully designed, modern kids clothes is just the start of the good work she's doing.
Figgy's is giving away a bundle of patterns to celebrate the launching of the line. Comment here and we'll pull a name this weekend (make sure you fill in your email, so that I'll be able to get in touch with you). AND, AND! She's got a monster giveaway at the end of the month that you won't want to miss. Enter here.