Time for the long-anticipated Raglan Sleeves lesson! So very exciting.
For this lesson, I used Simplicity 5874, rather than come up with my own pattern pieces.
Honestly, I probably could have pulled off homemade pieces as well as this pattern gave me. This is the second shirt I’ve made with this pattern. I was unhappy with the first, but it was two years ago and I figured I had improved since then, so I’d give it another try.
My updated review of this pattern is thus:
Unless you have a short, fat, HUGE necked child, don’t bother.
When laying out the pieces for cutting, things looked funny to me. I grabbed a tee shirt that currently fits my 4 year old, store purchased, standard sizing. According to the pattern, he needed a 2t width and longer than a 6t length (the pattern goes to 6t). Glad I checked first. But the worst is the neck. It is HUGE, seriously. Maybe because it’s a PJ pattern? No idea. So frustrating.
So I need a new raglan pattern if I’m to make my 4 year old the “golden” shirt he has dreamed up and is currently begging for. But for the purposes of generally learning how to do raglan sleeves, this’ll have to do. Ready for it? Okay.
The Book says, “Raglan Sleeve is cut on one piece with both the front and back of the garment.”
I always think of Raglan Sleeves as those that help to make up the actual neckline of the garment.
So, start with your pieces. The pattern I used has each sleeve as one piece, front, back and the neckband
If you are using a pattern with two pieces per sleeve, begin by placing shoulder seams together, matching correct sides and sewing in place, creating one piece for each sleeve.
With right sides together, pin back of raglan underarm to underarm of back piece
Sew together. Turn, press seams open
Take the front piece, pin it to the front underarm of the sleeve
Sew in place for both sleeves
Fold garment at the sleeves, and pin it all in place right sides together
Sew from end of one sleeve, up under the arm, and then down the side seams of the garment. Press seams open.
Finish with the neckband, hem sleeves and waist