Hello again! I’m Roxanne of PenSeb&Rox. September is here and with cooler days on its way for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere many of us are looking towards patterns that transition well into the winter. Raglans are great with short sleeves for layering (and for you lucky folks in perpetually warm climates) but I’m a sucker for the look of a long sleeve raglan. With how well it lends itself to layered looks or a longer sleeve length, the fall is raglan season in my mind!
Lord Raglan – Image Source
It is interesting to know that the raglan sleeve is named after Lord Raglan, the 1st Baron Raglan. After he lost an arm at the Battle of Waterloo, the looser armhole of the raglan style allowed greater movement for the general. The term “raglan” first appeared in the dictionary several years after his death. During my research into the history behind the raglan I found accounts crediting the raglan to Lord Raglan’s “tailor” and others crediting the brand Aquascutum.
Early Aquascutum ad – Image Source
Founded in 1851, Aquascutum came on the scene selling menswear created with a new waterproof wool. Latin for ‘watershield’, the brand soon found itself making coats for the British officers during the Crimean War. Later, they created the trench coats worn by British soldiers of all ranks during both the world wars. Not just limited to military-wear, Aquascutum clothed royalty, political leaders, and actors throughout the years.
Cary Grant NOT Humphrey Bogart as the image is labeled *eye roll* – Image Source
Be sure to check back over the next following days to see the raglans that the Pattern Exam has sewn up. We are looking at both kids and ladies patterns! The checklists and designers will be revealed as the reviews are released. In case you missed it, you can find a roundup of FREE raglan sewing patterns over here.