Thursday, August 6, 2015

Lane Raglan Two Ways


After falling in love with Hey June's v-neck t-shirt, the Union St. Tee, I thought I'd give one of her other t-shirt patterns a go... the Lane Raglan pattern.


I made the two mildly successfully versions of the Lane Raglan. My first was the maroon sweatshirt above. It's only mildly successful partially because this fabric is AWFUL. It's french terry I bought on sale at Fashion Fabrics Club and it's scratchy and has absolutely zero recovery. As such, my sweatshirt is sorta lumpy and not good.  



The second thing bringing this garment down for me was that I felt the sleeve cuffs and hem band made the body and the sleeves a bit too long for me.


The third cause limiting its success is that the neckband is too big for the neck hole, so it's all sagged out and wavy (see above). I had hoped that topstitching and then steaming it would whip it back into shape, but no such luck. Then I was too lazy to pick out the neckline and restitch. But since making it, I've gotten an oil stain smack in the middle on the front, so it's a moot point.


My second Lane Raglan, a short-sleeved version with no hem band, was further on the success side of the spectrum. 


I skipped the hem band and this one is the perfect length for me.

I also fixed the neckband issue by cutting 2 inches off just the back neckband, 1 inch off each end. When I sewed it on, I still lined up the markings at center front and on each shoulder and that worked just fine. 

I love the fit on this one!


My only remaining issue with this particular Lane Raglan tee is my fabric choice. Looking at the photos, this pinkish (it's really a mottled red up close) jersey from Girl Charlee is not doing me any favors- it leaves little to the imagination, if you know what I mean! 


Other than that, I am liking the shape and fit of the Lane Raglan. I'll definitely plan to make more like this short sleeved version, just in better, less revealing colors!

Have you made the Lane Raglan? Do you have a favorite raglan t-shirt pattern?

10 comments:

  1. I actually really like the sweatshirt version, so that's sad that it got stained! I love wearing oversized comfy sweaters like that with leggings in the fall! And red looks so good on you!

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    1. I know! Even though I wasn't in absolute love with the sweatshirt, I was sad to stain it. I do love the color, too...

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  2. I think my issue with the neckband was I didn't stretch it (it was a different way to apply a neckband than I was familiar with), so the neckline looked more like a boatneck than what it's supposed to be. I did end up picked out all those zizag stitches, but the sleeves are also tight...so overall mine doesn't work for me. Thankfully the fabric was 50% off! And I can repurpose it into something for my daughter.

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    1. Oh no- sorry you had trouble with the pattern! My experience was mostly fine, except the neckband, which I unpicked on the pink t-shirt. In the future, I have to remember to baste necklines on before serging them!!

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  3. Knits with no recovery are the worst. I have a beloved Burda raglan with these really cool sleeves that are gathered along the raglan seams that I made in a zero recovery knit. Oy. What a bagged out mess. I'd love to try that one again.

    Still, the lines of this one look promising on you even if you're not loving the fabric. The fit definitely looks better on #2. I've started to only use rib knits if I can get them on my tees--I noticed it makes a huge difference on my boys' shirts (or rather, it means that I'm not trying to comically wrestle a shirt onto a big headed 2 year old because the neck binding lacks stretch). At some point, I just need to make a big order of just rib knits for this purpose...but it's such an unglamorous purchase--like buying interfacing or something else.

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    1. No-recovery knits really are the worst!

      I am definitely going to give the pattern another go- I actually really like the t-shirt version, I just need to make it in another color/fabric!!

      Hmm- I've never worked with rib knits... I'll have to give them a try!

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  4. Bummer about the fabrics - but wearable muslins, so the next ones can be even better! I have both this pattern and the Union Street Tee but I haven't tried either one yet. I'll get to them one of these days!

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    1. Definitely wearable muslins! I've got the fit right now, so I'll make it in nicer fabrics next!

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  5. Thanks for the review! This looks like a pattern for me! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Thanks, Marci! Glad it was helpful!

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