There are a host of raglan tees and sweatshirt patterns that have popped up over the past year or so, but I’ve stuck pretty steadily with my Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns. It’s one of those things where I know it fits and I’ve sewn it enough now that I feel super comfortable making my own modifications to it.
Raglan tees are one of the best patterns I think to sew when you are first starting to sew a t-shirt. Even without a serger, it’s such a simple garment to construct.
I’ve made a couple of others that had all the same fabric for the whole shirt. This time around I wanted to play around a little bit. I had ordered this grey from Girl Charlee for another project, but I’m so happy I used it for this shirt. It feels like butter. It’s a little bit thinner than the knit I used for the body of the tee, but not enough that it really makes a difference.
The main body is from Birch Organic. I was a little nervous when I bought it because it was really rough when it came. It really softened up a lot after washing and I’m curious how it will handle as I wash and wear it more.
This was by far the best neckline I’ve ever constructed. I appreciate so much the way that Adrianna of Hey June explains how to do a neckline and this time around I went at it super slowly and my patience paid off for sure. I left the waistband pretty much the same, but I think next time I’ll cut it a bit thinner and maybe add some length so that it doesn’t pull together at the bottom. And in the past I’ve left the wrist bands wide too, but this time I knew that I wanted them thinner like a regular tee.
I’ve got another Lane up my sleeves (ha!) hopefully I can knock it out in the next couple of weeks.