I feel like raglans took over the blogosphere this past year: be it Papercut, Grainline, Kitschy Koo, Hey June, Capital Chic, or my personal fav, Jalie, there are raglans everywhere! I hadn’t sewn one until I got the Jalie pattern last winter, and boom: now I’ve made about 15!
Now clearly raglans are nothing new… but after we’ve all sewed a million Plantains and Renfrews, I think it’s nice to have a change. I love how well they work with colour blocking, which means they also are perfect for awkward scraps. My favourite thing about this pattern is that it works equally well in sweater knit, ponte, French terry, or jersey. No adjustments needed! (**Edited: Since drafting this post, I made raglan in quilted polyester double knit, and it’s far from perfect. Sigh.)
In my Ginger jeans post you might have noticed my new raglan tops as well… since they are the first projects I’ve made with my new coverstitch machine, I thought they deserved a post to themselves!
First up is a fairly light sweater knit that I picked up locally and cheap. (Turns out that the strange Len’s Mill local chain store in my sister’s city is WAY better than the one in mine!) I started out trying to pipe this one with decorative elastic, but the seams ended up wavy and I cut it all out. Keep it simple! The hem is perhaps slightly stretched out from trying to iron a fold, but whatever!
Next, my fav: a refashioned combo of a Japanese sweaterknit tunic and plain taupe t-shirt, both about 6 years old. Both tops were now too tight (thanks to changing fashion and too much eating!) but together they make a very wearable shirt.
Remember this fabric from on of my Top 5 misses? Well, I had most of 1m left, and I decided I’d rather have a top I’d wear loads than try to fix the dress. Voila!
**edited as I write: Uhhhh… I wrote this whole post then looked more carefully – I think this last top is a Renfrew, not a raglan! Ooops! There goes my title…**
Two of the lines of stitching are refashioned RTW… one is from my new machine. I”m pleased that I can’t tell the difference!
What’s really exciting for me is how the coverstitch makes is possible to sew a different silhouette. Because of the stretchy hem, these tops skim the hips nicely. Until now I’ve been using a banded finish like a Renfrew, or very often leaving the hem unfinished, which often clings a bit because there’s no body to the edge. No longer!
I hemmed all of these tops a little shorter, and I like how it’s balancing my wide hips. I do notice that the back rides up sometimes in the pictures… I could make the back wider for my booty, but I wonder if that will make the overall shape more tentlike? Or if I add to the back and take from the front, will it help with the fit issue at all?
Look at those pretty cover-stitched hems! My third Brother machine is as well-behaved as my sewing machine and serger. I didn’t have to change the settings at all between the different types of fabric. It just WORKED!
Is there any style of clothing that snuck up on you over the last year and took over your sewing? What do you think might be the next trend in 2015? What would you like it to be?
(Me, I’d like it to be cosy sweater dresses, like the Lola. I’m also into knit princess seams, in theory, but I don’t have a pattern that I love. Today I dug this sweatshirt Go Anywhere dress out from the closet, and was thinking how few knit patterns have really interesting seamlines right now.)