This is one of those projects that was just so much fun to make. I had a great time rooting through my knit fabric scraps to come up with a fun combination, and enjoyed sewing up a raglan T for the first time – it’s always fun to try something new. E really likes the finished shirt and is happy to wear it – bonus!
The purple fabric was from a shirt of mine. I loved the printing on it – a strange mix of cherry blossoms, mountains, and an igloo – but it just never fit right. I finally worked up the courage to take scissors to it, and E helped me pick out some contrasting fabric for the sleeves and cuffs. Stars, polka dots, and an igloo – it’s a daring combination that E can pull off:)
I used the Recess Raglan pattern, but lengthened it and added a slight a-line shape. The hem is cut hi-low at the moment, although I think I might bring the back up a bit. It’s a bit on the long side – more of a tunic length – mostly because I want it to last for a while.
I left the bottom edge unhemmed. We’ve been having a bit of an issue with E’s shirts – no matter how I finish the hems, she still manages to rip the stitches. I’ve tried double-needle, stretch stitch, zig-zag – they all end up getting thrashed. Subject to normal wear, I think any of these methods would be just fine, but the amount of stretching-over-the-knees and general abuse that her shirts take has left me stumped. As it stands right now, I just re-hem her shirts every once in a while when they start looking really bad, and hope that she’ll grow out of this shirt-stretching phase at some point. Or, I could just leave them all unfinished and say it’s a design feature:)
I’m looking forward to sewing a couple more raglans and playing with some more fun fabric combinations.