Let’s welcome the Sayward Raglan – an excellent addition to your spring or summer sewing plans!
Our newest pattern is a casual and flattering raglan t-shirt with short and long sleeve variations. We also included instructions and cutting layouts to walk you through the process of creating a color-blocked tee (à la the classic baseball tee).
Raglan t-shirts have many benefits for both the sewist and the wearer. From the wearer’s perspective, the raglan sleeves have been curved in just the right way to create the appearance of a strong chest. Very flattering!
From the sewist’s perspective, the process of attaching a raglan sleeve is a breeze in comparison to wrangling the curve of a classic t-shirt sleeve head. Raglan sleeves eliminate the one tricky step in the t-shirt sewing process to result in a quick project that can be cut, fitted and sewn in the space of a single relaxing evening.
Our interpretation of the raglan t-shirt features an easy fitting (but not boxy!) body and sleeves. When compared to our slim-fitting Strathcona Henley, this t-shirt is far less figure hugging and thus will fit a broader range of body types. It also features an extended size range compared to the Strathcona Henley – up to 4XL!
If fitted is more your style, the instructions include easy steps to fit as you sew (so that you can create the slim sleeves and body that you desire on the go).
The neckline on our raglan is a relaxed crew-neck. It is not as tight as a classic crew-neck t-shirt making for a slightly more youthful/stylish look that works well with thick or thin necks (no one wants a tight crew neck choking them on a hot summer’s day!).
I’ve sewn the first of our two main samples in a combination of heathered grey tencel and organic cotton french terry for the body paired with a white cotton interlock for the sleeves:
Matt reports that the thick and soft end result makes for a very comfortable t-shirt and I have been surprised to see him wearing it on hot spring days! He says it breaths nicely and he doesn’t overheat despite the cozy loft provided by the french terry loops. I’m pleased with this result because the french terry is SO easy to sew – it is stable, does not curl and it behaves more or less like a cotton woven fabric. It would be a great option for a beginner sewist to use.
Jayden’s version is sewn with the same tencel and cotton french terry body paired with bamboo and cotton french terry sleeves and neck binding. All the terry fabrics come from my favourite local sewing studio – The Spool Sewing Studio.
I also sewed a solid version (no color-blocking) to show you that the raglan sleeves are not very noticable when no color-blocking is employed. The end result can be worn as would any basic t-shirt! This fabric is a cotton and spandex blend jersey in navy with tiny anchors. I found it at my local Fabricland.
If you are new to sewing knits, this is an excellent pattern for you to start with. As always with our knit patterns I include instructions for sewing with a regular sewing machine or with a serger. I instruct how to hem with a twin needle or a zig zag stitch.
A sew-along will begin next Friday, May 18th. You can easily have your first raglan tee finished in time for Father’s Day (or in time to clear your sewing queue for our next pattern release in June!!!!).
I hope you like our newest pattern! It has been one of our top request (second only to a button-up shirt) since we launched Thread Theory. No wonder – it’s fun to sew and easy to wear!