Banyan Tee, adding a long sleeve

Adding a long sleeve to a Banyan teeFiggy’s Banyan Tee is one of those shirts I’ve had in my pattern collection and on the some day sew list for awhile. Blogging friend, Ajaire, posted one awhile back and we started chatting about how I would have to remember next summer to make one finally, then it struck why wait! We’re both sharing our long sleeve banyan tees today.

All sewn up the shirt looks like it was made for a long sleeve. M and I couldn’t be happier with the end result! She wore the shirt for 4 days straight. I was washing the paint, ketchup, and marks of toddlerhood off every night so she could race to put it back on in the morning. It is a two part win. She really likes the shape of the shirt (it’s comfortable and has some swing!) and she found this ruffle fabric in my stash. It was game over once she saw it- no other fabric would do.

Adding a long sleeve to a Banyan tee


Want to sew one up? The body of the pattern is the Banyan Tee. I’ve used the Flashback Tee sleeve to create a slim sleeve. Since all armholes are not created equal I merge my sleeve patterns just like we showed you in THIS tutorial.  Make sure to maintain the armhole from the original piece and then blend the two sleeves together. The images below are a different patterns but this is the idea. (Get a complete run down here)

girls long sleeve pattern make short sleeves long

This is the perfect project for the upcoming Kid’s Clothes Week! Haven’t started thinking about it yet? You can check out Figgy’s post on the KCW site to see more of her patterns and poke around for all the great inspiration over there.

Sewing for a boy? This pattern also comes with a boy style tshirt.


I can’t believe I waited so long to make this shirt up! Hop over to Call Ajaire to see how she made hers up with a handkerchief hem on the sleeve to mimic the hemline.  And for the tiny pocket, I’m excited to make up a version where I can use the tiny pocket.

While you’re there check out her new pattern mash up series.

Happy Sewing,


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  • Ajaire January 24, 2014, 7:40 am

    Isn’t this the cutest style? I love a good banyan tee and I’m so excited to have a long sleeve option now 🙂

  • Amy mayen January 24, 2014, 10:12 am

    Yay for pattern mashups! I’m actually using your sleeve mash tutorial now to make a doll dress. I know it’s not a real kids outfit, but it’s a good way to practice and I don’t lose much fabric if I mess up! Great little top- it would be a fun dress too!

  • Annie January 24, 2014, 10:30 am

    I did not know the ruffle knit would make such a cute shirt! Love it!!

  • Teresa January 24, 2014, 1:05 pm

    Cute stuff! I’m looking forward to next week, focusing on sewing only for my kiddos! They definitely need some new clothes!

  • Cindy January 24, 2014, 1:58 pm

    Precious! I love how the shirt looks in ruffle fabric!

  • Rhonda January 25, 2014, 10:59 am

    Very cute, I’ve seen that ruffle fabric and wondered what to do with it.

  • Pam January 25, 2014, 6:37 pm

    You’ve reminded me that I have the Banyan tee pattern. It looks great in the ruffle fabric and a definite win if it’s worn four days in a row.

  • April February 4, 2014, 9:30 pm

    Cute and such a great idea! I know my M would love this fabric as well! Glad she likes it even though it isn’t pink, good job!

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