Saturday, 2 August 2014

Figgy's Banyan Shorts


I find myself eating my words. Back in March when I made some Picnic shorts I thought that they would see us through the summer. That 3 pairs of shorts would be enough. Pffff what was I thinking?! The weather has been glorious. Even when it has rained, it is still warm. Lovely.

I wanted to make a pair of shorts that were new to me. I could have made another pair of Finch shorts seeing as I know Boo has moved up to the next size but this pattern has been neglected in my pattern baskets for too long. 


I fancied the challenge of the zip. I have never made a pair of trousers/shorts with a functioning fly and fly shield before and found that although the instructions left me baffled at certain points I muddled though. I understood what to do but would have appreciated specific placement measurements with regards to where to place the edges of the shield and how far back from the zipper teeth the stitch line should be. As a result, the zipper pull sticks out below the button more than I am happy with. I wish it tucked away nicely.

Things like that only make me more determined to do it again perfectly, so I will come back to the pattern again with those niggles in mind.


I made the size 8/9 which is the largest size. Another pattern on its last stretch for this girl.

I am a sucker for pleats and the finished effect they have on these shorts is glorious. I love how they sit on her. She has room to move (run, jump, cartwheel, twirl) and there is enough ease and flexibility to allow her to do all these things comfortably.

The darts shape the back over her bottom so when she sticks hands in pockets they don't pull tight across the back. The pocket bags are HUGE! I can get my whole hand in there. The way the opening is cut on the slant makes them blend in with the pleats.


The fabric is a stretch drill which is ever so soft. I almost wish I could wear these.
She will wear these regularly for her Scouts meetings over the summer and if they prove themselves then I shall make the longer pants version for when it gets colder.


I also paired them with another Figgy's pattern, the Celestial Tee. I only took a brief snap of this during Kids Clothes month, as yet un-blogged. It is a great pattern too. I love the dipped hem and the relaxed fit. 




8 comments:

  1. I adore the Figgy's patterns and have many of them but I just don't click with the fly zipper instructions that come with this pattern. I still make them, but I use Cindy's method.

    They look fab!

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    1. Thank you for that tip! I just had a look and Cindy seems to have nailed it. I must try her method.

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  2. The fit is perfect - they look so comfy. Good to know about the zipper. Kind of scared me off since I'm not a zipper person in the first place.

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    1. I was a bit apprehensive too but I need to practice zips more so am pushing myself. I really enjoyed making these though. Go for it!

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  3. Snap Katy! I just made the Banyan long pants for my son for school (as yet unblogged) and had exactly the same zipper problems (my first too). My first attempt it was completely exposed and I had to unpick it and redo. I'm Ok with it now but my zip pull sticks out a tiny bit too. It is such a great pattern though, I love the shape as well.
    Those shorts do look dreamy and ever so comfy.

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    1. Ha! Really?! Well now, sorry as I am that we both struggled, at least I feel better knowing I am not alone. I consider that we both know our way around a sewing pattern, so at least I am in good company. Thanks, you and Nicole have made me feel much better!

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  4. Excellent shorts! They look really good on her and the pleats are superb! I haven't tried a fly zip yet, I was thinking of making E some jeans for the autumn but I like the look of this pattern too.

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  5. The shorts look great, Katy! I love the darts in the back and the pleats in the front.

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