Raglan Sew Off – How To Make It Fancy

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. 🙂

This time I thought about making a simple raglan tee – the Grand Slam tee pattern – into a fancy tee. All I did was cutting the front piece two times – one with my regular knit and the other with a fancy swiss dot knit – and adding a little something to the sleeves.
My girl loved it! And the best part is I am sharing with you a quick tutorial on how to make it! It only takes adding a few simple steps to the Grand Slam instructions.


  • 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.

Tutorial for the front layer

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.

 Tutorial for the sleeve band
On step 6, after folding the bottom edge of the sleeve towards the wrong side and before top stitching:
A. Cut two stripes (of the fancy knit) with 2” x sleeve bottom width.
B. Fold the stripes lengthwise.
C. Pin one stripe to the sleeve bottom leaving about 1/4” showing. It will look like flat piping.
D. Proceed with the top stitching at 1/2” above the fold line.
Follow through step 7 at the Grand Slam instructions.

Can you tell how happy she is? She calls it her princess tee 🙂

I have another one in the works in a blue fancy knit for my other girl. She asked for a Frozen one for herself and how could I say no? I think it will be perfect as a Frozen everyday tee. 🙂

Make sure to have a look at the other versions already made for this challenge by my fellow contributors Sarah and Becky – a Dolly And Me version and a Vintage Lace Doily tee. Adorable, right?

Join all the fun on this Raglan Sew Off by linking your Grand Slam (either for boys or girls) or Rainier (women) to the Peek-a-Boo’s Facebook group. There is a friendly competition going on and you can win some prizes!

Happy sewing!


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