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Raglans with Phat Quarters

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Hello! It is nice to be back into the swing of crisp mornings, school days, and beautiful fall sunsets. I live in the Pacific Northwest and our summer has definitely come to an end. Raglans are one of my fall staples. They can stand alone, work in layers, are so comfortable, and look great on many different body types. For these reasons I am delighted to review a few Raglan PDF Patterns for you all. This month I examined 3 different patterns. Two for children and one for us ladies. Here is my review in alphabetical order.

 

Titchy Threads: Safari Raglan           Size 4

  • Sizes: 6/12M – 12Y
  • Skill Level:Advanced Beginner
  • Investment: $10.00
  • FULL CHECKLIST WITH DETAILS

I loved working with this pattern. The steps were clearly written and while the pattern is a raglan, just like the rest of them, the design in the sleeves and the extra details allowed me to have a lot of fun creating something unique for my boys. I did find the sleeves to be a bit long, yet part of the design is that they can be used as a fun puppet. Therefore I feel that the extra length was justified. You can see my youngest sons being a Ninja Turtle by placing his puppet sleeves over his eyes. Titchy Threads patterns are a wealth of information. The tutorial begins with a Table of Contents and includes printing and assembling instructions, size chart, fabric requirements, and a finished size chart. One of the nice details that I want to point out is that both Standard and Metric measurements are given. This is extremely helpful at reducing any conversion errors that will affect the final garment. Once you are ready to actually sew, you can follow along very easily with the combination of clean crisp photo images and written directions for each step of the process. If you have never tried a Titchy Threads pattern I would highly recommend that you start with this one!

 

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Pattern 4 Pirates: Women’s Raglan           Size 3x

  • Sizes: XS-XXXL
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Investment: $8.00
  • FULL CHECKLIST WITH DETAILS

This pattern begins with a Size, Fabric Requirement, and Cutting Charts. A note to remember is that the Fabric Requirement Chart is based off of the Tunic Length as stated above the chart. So do not fret if you have some extra fabric for another project! The tutorial is easy to follow and there are pictures associated with the steps. There are a few fun details in the design of the pattern that will add some pizzazz to your garment. I made a XXL for my business partner Leah because she is nursing her sweet baby girl. Due to this and the fact that the design of the pattern is meant to be a loose sweatshirt fit, we did have to blend sizes to get our custom fit. But this is one of the reasons we all love PDF Patterns and making our own clothing….the perfect fit! The length on the raglan was very flattering and the collar feel beautifully on Leah. There are different finishing options included in the tutorial – we choose to leave a serged edge. This is a quick sew with simple details…however Love Notions does have an add on pack for this pattern with new options. I will try those next.

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Love Notions: Wrigley Raglan          Size 3 (shown) & 12

  • Sizes: 2T-16 and 8P-16P
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Investment: $7.95
  • FULL CHECKLIST WITH DETAILS

This a raglan that has that classic baseball tee design but with a flare so that it is perfect for girls. The collar is wider than and normal raglan but spot on for the styling of the pattern. I did find that there was a bit of gathering in the collar and will, for the next few (because I will make more), add a bit of length to the collar binding to prevent that. This pattern is filled with options. You can make a hood, a ‘V’ neck or standard collar, a shit or a dress. You will definitely being using it more than once. However, with all the options the tutorial itself was a bit hard for me to keep track of. The directions are clear and there are good photos for each step. I would simply suggest that you read through the entire tutorial before you begin so that you know where to jump to for the many different options. There are great tips in the tutorial for working with knits and many images of finished raglans to inspire you. You will find a fabric requirement chart, sizing chart, and a printing guide along with instructions on how to customize your pattern for a perfect fit! My girls love the movement that they have in the shirt and the ‘scoop in the bum’ as they said it. If it is a win for them it’s a win for me.

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Gemia
Hi all! I am a wife and a mother of 5. I dusted off my grandmothers sewing machine over 10 years ago and have never looked back. I am a photographer, I love to scrapbook and hike, and I am a daughter of God. I grew up in Southern California where my family still plays in the sun while I now enjoy the lush beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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