Seamingly Smitten V neck Raglan PR

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As fall peaks its’ head out from behind the clouds, I’ve been thinking about long sleeves and dark colors.   Seamingly Smitten’s Raglan Sleeve Split Neck top for Women is great for season transitions.

Sizes include XS-XXXL (0-26), all in one PDF with 23 color photos in the tutorial. Tips and tricks for sewing knits are included.  No buttons or zippers.  This is truly a great pattern for beginners to advanced. Print to hem will only take up about 1 or 1.5 hours of your time.

Since it is finally getting cooler on the East Coast, I chose long sleeves, rounded neckline with a stretch lace.  Stretch lace is my new favorite fabric to sew.  Perfect for layering.

When considering buying a new pattern, the options always sell me. The Raglan has many, many options.  So many, you’ll never have to repeat the same combination. Plus, there are only 3 pattern pieces!

Neckline:
rounded or V-neck

Sleeves: includes petite and tall indicators
short
3/4″ length
long sleeve

Shirt lengths:
Petite
Regular
Tall

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What’s the best part of the Raglan? Drumroll please….You can use woven or knit!Let’s chat about fabric choices.  I wouldn’t recommend quilting weight woven.  You want a fabric with more fluid drape like chiffon, crepe de chine, knit, lawn, poly blends, etc. Depending on your size, you’ll need 1.25 yards to 2.5 yards.

The fit.  As a Raglan, it is semi-loose fitting.  My measurements fell between XS and S.  It is recommended to cut according to your largest measurement, which would put me in the small.  I was hesitant to do so because it did not want it to be baggy.  Instead, I measured the front pattern piece for S and XS at the bust, waist, and hip lines.  The front piece is on the fold, so I multiplied that by 2 to get the full front measurement and compared to my body measurements.  This helped me feel more confident that the XS is the better size for me.  I’m 5’6″ but all legs, so I cut the regular shirt length and tall for the sleeves (knuckle dragger over here).
I am ecstatic about the results.  I love the stretch lace, the quickness of the pattern, and the look. Even the permanent roommate gave the thumbs up.
More ideas for the Raglan:  fleece pj top for the cold winter nights, lengthen for a swimsuit cover with terry knit, or lengthen to tunic paired with leggings for a perfect fall outfit.
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