Hello! How is everybody doing? Today the temperatures are in the low 60s (with lots of wind– please pardon the crazy hair and extra squinty eyes in these photos!) which doesn’t feel much like December to me! I’ve completely neglected my holiday sewing plans (selfish sewing only this year! I’m determined to make a Christmas dress for myself. I got fabric last year but I was too pregnant to to use it. It’s a red tartan plaid and I think I’m going to make an Emery dress. I’ve been wanting to make one forever!)
Instead of working on my dress muslin, I’ve made myself a Bethioua raglan. I absolutely love sewing and wearing raglan tops/sweatshirts. They are so easy to construct and are really comfortable! I got the fabric and the pattern from Indiesew. (The fabric sold out really quickly and I managed to snag the end of the bolt!)
The fabric is a french terry, and I can’t remember the fiber content. I think it must have some rayon in it because it’s drapes really nicely. It’s really perfect for this pattern. It doesn’t seem like there is any spandex in the fabric and I was initially a little unsure about whether to use it for the neckband and sleeve cuffs. I didn’t have any other options that matched this olive/sage green color so I went with self fabric. I ended up having to shorten the neckband by about 2″. I have learned to always baste on the neckband when I sew a new knit pattern. Unpicking is such a pain! There are two options for the cuffs in this pattern– close fitting and oversized. I initially cut out the close fitting, but felt like it might be a little too tight. I ended up re-cutting somewhere in between the two sizes and they fit perfectly.
I was really excited about the potential to use my coverstitch machine on this sweatshirt since there are some really interesting seam lines. My coverstitch has a couple of stitches that require more intricate set up, so I don’t use them too often. I usually just go with the stitches that look like what a twin needle does. For this top I put in the extra effort (it really took me all of 5 minutes– not really as big a deal as it seems to be) to set it up for one of the fancy stitches. I decided to use it everywhere except for the side seams and I loooooooove how it turned out! I think it really gives this top a ready to wear look.
I totally enjoyed sewing this pattern. The darts on the shoulders are a nice fitting touch. I think next time I need to shift them forward a bit to account for my forward shoulders. I love that the sleeves are constructed so they create a yoke in the back. The sleeves are a subtle bat-wing shape, and I am a big fan of the longer length and curved hem. (There is also the option to do a basic straight hem with a hem band.) Once I get past my holiday sewing I want to try this top in a cotton/spandex jersey, too. I think I would wear that all the time!
If you’re looking for a unique, cozy raglan pattern, I would recommend Bethioua!
Disclaimer: I was provided with the Bethioua pattern as I am part of the Indiesew blogger team. All opinions are my own.