Since I’ve been going through my pattern stash (thanks to #sewthatpatternnow)to determine what I have that I haven’t used, I’ve been finding more and more patterns that I really DO want to try. Yes, I have my TNT patterns that I always fall back on for my basics, but I also do tend to have similar patterns that I purchased either before or after that I always intended to at least try out and see if it how the construction differed or was similar.
For this shirt, I pulled out the Recess Raglan by See Kate Sew. It’s a really basic raglan tee pattern, with both elbow and long sleeve length options. Plus a sleeve tab or cuff options. As I tend to do, especially on the first try, I went with the basic options to see how the fit is on this girl.
I sewed up a size 3 for her, even though her chest measurements are much smaller (her chest is still too small for even the smallest size – 18m). The reason I chose to go with the size 3 is that it’s her current RTW size, and I knew I would need to adjust the length for the pattern.
The downfall though was that I couldn’t find measurements other then the chest size, so I wasn’t sure what size she would fit in for her length. Rather then having a shirt that would be too short and wouldn’t last long, I chose to go with the 3, and worst case I could take it in on the sides and from the bottom.
The fit is actually really good on her, it’s a tad long, but it’ll fit her well through the summer, which is what I’m hoping for anyways at this point. Summer is coming (eventually) and I’d like to have a few pieces on hand that will fit her through the warmer months.
The jumping off point for this top was really the llama panel. I purchased it at Whimsy Baby Customs about two years ago, with the intentions of sewing something up for the oldest with it, but clearly, this child is more dramatic then her!! And I find that it suits her personality more these days.
I typically tend to match panels with a solid, just because I’m pretty chicken at matching it with prints. I tend to overthink it, second guess myself, and finally back out of a print choice. But this time I made myself accountable and pulled out this AGF Knit by Caroline Hulse. It’s another print that’s a few years old, I found this one from somebody destashing their fabric locally… But I did a little digging and there still seems to be some available here at fabric.com.
I definitely love Art Gallery Fabrics knit line. I find they’re super cozy, they’re a really good weight and the colour lasts a long time! They’re definitely a good investment.
For those wondering, this project was about an hour sew, from cutting the pattern out (paper AND fabric) to sewing it up. Definitely a good project for KCW challenges. I’m not sure it’ll become my new TNT raglan pattern, but it was definitely a good sew. What are you favourite raglan sleeve patterns?
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