Hi everyone! This is Sara here with my monthly contributor’s post. I am sure you have seen all the Raglan Sew Off challenge fun that is taking place this month over Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop blog and Facebook group. Today I am sharing my entry along with two simple tutorials on how to get a fancy raglan look! I hope I can inspire you to get your hands to work and join us!
One of the things I really like about sewing is to be able to grab a simple pattern and hack it (or flip it, or alter it if you prefer)! I love all the creativity process behind it. Sometimes I alter it just a bit and sometimes I go all the way and almost make a new pattern.
- A fancy light weight knit (see pattern’s yardage requirements) – swiss dot knit, tight raschel, mesh, stretchy lace, soft light weight tulle, etc.
- Pins and measuring tape
Follow these steps between steps 6 and 7 on the Grand Slam instructions.
A. Grab your fancy knit. Fold it.
Lay the front pattern piece on it about 6 inches from the fold line.
Angle out the side at about 3 inches from the bottom edge.
Optional: You can also add some length to the top layer if you want. Make sure to round the side edges and/or finish them.
B. Gather the neckline by stitching two rows of long stitches (for more detail on gathering check my January’s contributor’s post on How To Gather) and pulling the threads. Start and stop about 0.5 inch from both edges. Distribute the gathering evenly to match the other front piece at the neckline and sides.
C. Pin both front layers and baste all around sleeve seams and neckline. You can also baste the sides if you find it easier to work with it that way.
Optional: You can leave the overlay with its bottom edge raw. If you prefer to have a clean finish then I would suggest a rolled hem.
Can you tell how happy she is? She calls it her princess tee