Hello Pattern Exam Readers! It’s Kelly from Handmade Boy and I’m back today to talk about two raglans I sewed for my son.
First, I want to share Titchy Treads Safari Raglan Tee and Dress
I’m kinda in love with it. 🙂 I sewed a size 6 (though Thomas’s chest measures for a size 4, I wanted it a looser fit and used the finished garment chart to determine the size I wanted to sew.) and added some length to the sleeves and body to get us through till spring next year. Its a bit long, but perfect because this kid is grroooowwwwinnnng. I would classify this as a slimmer fitting shirt. It’s not boxy at all. And I love the proportion of the sleeve to the main body. It’s perfect. The neck band fit very nicely and lays on my son’s shoulders/neck very well.
The pattern covers sizes 6-12 months through 12 years, which is a nice wide span. It features both shirt and dress lengths, an optional pocket, short or long sleeves, and the coolest thing ever, puppet cuffs for the long sleeves! Now, I didn’t sew the puppet cuffs, this time, but the instructions look very easy to follow and it’s a fun surprise addition to any kid’s shirt! Other features of the pattern are the option to print on standard US letter paper or A4 and the tutorial is offered in English and Spanish. Actual pictures are used and they are very clear, high quality pictures. (No dark, grainy, hard to see what you are looking at photos in this pattern!) And if you want a hood, the hood from Titchy Threads Rowan will work!
There are tips and tricks for working with knits and how to get a custom fit. There are also examples for inspiration in the pattern. There is even a condensed version of the instructions for those who don’t need the pictures and like to print off the instructions instead of working off the computer or tablet. The pattern is rated for a confident beginner and I agree. First time with knits, this pattern is perfect for you!
Up next is the Scientific Seamstress All-The-Rage Raglans.
Another patterns that offers a large range of sizes, the All-The-Rage Raglan is available in sizes 6/12 months – 10/12 years. It is also loaded with options from long sleeves, short sleeves, or faux layered look like I sewed. You can also choose from a variety of lengths, crop, shirt, tunic, or night gown. There is also a hood option you can use. As for the fit on this one, it’s a much looser, boxier fitting shirt, more traditional with most store bought boy’s clothing. I found the short sleeves to be a bit long, hitting Thomas at the elbow. I honestly can’t remember if I added length to the long sleeves. Sorry! I can’t find my notes! I most likely did because I almost always do.
The back and front use the same pattern piece, so there is no higher back neckline or scooped out lower front neckline. I wasn’t fond of this while constructing the shirt, but after putting it on, it is not a noticeable factor and doesn’t seem to affect the fit any. However, I do find the neckband rather wide and would shorten it if I made this pattern again. It also stands up away from my son’s shoulders/neck and doesn’t lay flat, even after pressing. This pattern also uses a larger sleeve portion and I find the sleeves pretty wide on my son’s slim frame.
The instructions on this pattern are like all the Scientific Seamstress patterns, VERY full of detail and hand holding. Don’t know a lick about sewing, this is your pattern. It tells you every single step, in detail. There wasn’t a specified sewing level that I could find on the listing, but a beginner can handle this easily. There are lots of helpful tips for working with knits and how to pick the right ones for this pattern. There is also a section for getting the perfect fit. (You know, for those that sew to fit and not upsize like I do when I sew a season early for my son. 😉 ) This is NOT a pattern to print out. Definitely print off your pattern pieces (which are individually sized so you aren’t printing out and taping together a large grid) and use your computer, laptop or tablet to read the instructions off of.
And finally, here is the handy dandy chart that shows all the features we look for when we review a pattern. Remember, we aren’t comparing patterns! Only listing the features of each. It’s up to you to choose which one works best for YOU! Your kid may require a completely different fit than my kid and your preferred instruction style may differ drastically from what I prefer. That’s why it’s so awesome that there are so many different patterns to choose from! There’s something for everybody and not everybody is going to love or hate the same thing. 😀
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