I am all about comfort this Summer. Wearing clothes that are loose and flowing, that let me breath and feel cool in the heat. (It might have something to do with the 10 pounds I have gained over the past few months…oy, no fun.) But that aside, let’s just say I am thankful that I love the bohemian look. Ha!
After stumbling across some Kaufman Lawn fabric on-line, I really wanted to check it out and see just how the quality held up. The only lawn I have ever really worked with before was Liberty of London, so Kaufman had some pretty big shoes to fill. I ordered 1 yard of it, which let’s be honest…is never really enough to make anything when it comes to apparel. So I had to get creative with it to make it stretch. Which is when I decided to make a flowing raglan top. Mixing the woven lawn fabric for the front, with knit coordinating fabric for the sleeves and back, as well as the neckline.
Initially I made a dress, lengthening the raglan tee and arcing out at the sides just a bit. But when I tried the dress on mid-creation…oh my. It looked like a giant muumuu. (Actually, it was cute if I wanted to make pajamas.) SO I shortened the pattern, and turned it into the shirt it was meant to be. I really love how this turned out. A nice alternative to the basic raglan tee.
Gathered Front Raglan
Using lightweight woven fabric for the front panel
- Advanced beginner (familiar with sewing knits)
- 1 – 2 hours
- Raglan shirt pattern
- 1 yard lightweight woven fabric (something with drape) – for front pattern piece
- 1 yard knit fabric – for all other pattern pieces
- Basic sewing essentials
OPTIONS FOR RAGLAN SHIRT PATTERN:
- Trace around a raglan shirt you already own to create your own pattern
- Download the FREE raglan shirt pattern here (only offered in 1 size)
- Purchase the Lane Raglan pattern here, by Hey June
FABRIC SEEN IN ABOVE PHOTOS:
HOW TO MAKE A GATHERED FRONT RAGLAN:
- Lay your front raglan shirt pattern down on a piece of tracing paper. Extend the front center fold out anywhere from 6 – 8″. The more you extend, the more fabric gathers you will have. Cut out (1) front shirt pattern, on the fold, from your new extended front fold line. Cut out all other pattern pieces as instructed from knit fabric.
- Sew a line of gathering stitches along the neckline of your front shirt pattern, 1/4″ away from the raw edge.
- Gently pull the bobbin thread until the neckline is the same width as the original front shirt pattern piece (prior to the extension). Sew a line of basting stitches 3/8″ away from the neckline to secure gathered stitches in place.
- Sew sleeves to front and back shirt pattern pieces, right sides together, as instructed in the original raglan pattern instructions. Finish seams and press. Fold shirt right sides together, matching up the side seams. Pin and sew the underarm and side seam. Finish seams and press.
- Cut a piece of ribbing or 1.75″L neckline binding, 1″ shorter than the measured circumference of the shirt neckline all around. Fold binding in half, wrong sides together, and press. Unfold binding and place short side ends right sides together, pin and sew. Refold the neckline binding so that it is once again wrong sides together creative a circle, matching up the bottom raw edges.
- Slip the circle around the top neckline of the shirt, matching up all raw edges. Pin the circle seam to the back center of your shirt neckline. Pin around the neckline in various places, stretching the neckline as you pin to meet the shirt’s width. Sew around using a serger, stretch stitch, or zigzag stitch. Press seam down. Edge stitch with a long straight stitch if desired to secure seam in place.
- Hem bottom of shirt and sleeves to finish.
FINAL VERDICT ON THAT KAUFMAN LAWN FABRIC:
While it is no Liberty, it is still a nice fabric. You cannot beat the price comparison. I am curious to see how this fabric will last over time through various machine cycles. It is lightweight, without being too slippery, which made it easy to work with. It is not as ‘soft’ as I am used to when it comes to lawn, but like I said before – that price! I would definitely buy it again, as the entire collection is really pretty. I just hope they make it their own, and not try to copy-cat Liberty style with names like ‘London calling’. Because it obviously looks like Liberty of London fabric…so if Kaufman can make their own designs with this higher quality woven lawn fabric…I am S-O-L-D! Because I really do generally love what Robert Kaufman designs puts out. Their chambrays lately got me like !!!
Now go and rock out with you socks out, and forget about that 10 flipping pounds you gained. Because this shirt covers it all. Someone pass me the M&Ms. Ha!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…