Be sure to grab your copy of this free sewing pattern! When paired with leggings and boots, this Ladies Raglan Top Pattern is perfect for a morning of school drop off, running errands and snuggling on the couch! The length is tailor-made for me, but you can easily lengthen or shorten the pattern to whatever length is most flattering for you.
*Update!! Check out Cowl-neck top I made with this pattern!
You’ve probably noticed; I have a thing for tunic-length tops. I like the length on both my daughter and me, especially now that leggings are so popular. I made her a sequined raglan tunic top several weeks ago, and my plan was to make myself one too. (I bought the prettiest teal sequined fabric and sweatshirt fleece.) But, I spent too much time fiddling over the pattern and now March is practically over. I’ve decided to shelve the sequined sweatshirt for me until next winter.
Since finishing the pattern, I’ve made a couple different versions so far. The first top is made with a nice quality French terry fabric (coral fabric).
I love that this particular fabric had such great stretch and recovery. (Unfortunately, I don’t know where it came from, I bought it from someone selling items from their personal stash.) Paired with leggings and my shearling boots, this top is perfect for morning drop off and running around in! I made no changes to the pattern for this version.
The sizing is slightly different on this particular top. I traced the pattern from a top I love. (I think the reason I like it is that it is really roomy, but still flattering.) The size of the original top is tagged as a medium, but it fits more like a small large or a large medium. And when it comes to RTW tops, I wear either a med or a large depending on how roomy the top is. (Clear as mud?? 🙂 So, I just called it a medium/large and graded the next size down to be more of a small/medium. On my next pattern, I’ll be more careful to start out with a pattern that is closer to a true size… (Fing the finished garment measurements towards the bottom of the post.)
The next version I made was this denim-blue top, made the same as the first, but with a slightly wider neckline. (For a wider neckline, trim 1/2 inch off the top of the sleeves, front and back bodice pattern.)
I like the blue top in general, but it was a poor fabric choice. The fabric is another french terry (if you can call it that) – lots of stretch but absolutely no recovery. After wearing it for a bit, it becomes very “shlumpy”. Fine for around the house, but not out and about… The fabric was an online order failure – had I seen it in person, I wouldn’t have bought it.
This last top was made with a very stretchy tissue weight knit. For this version, I lowered the neckline, made the sleeves 3/4 length, added an inch to the sleeve cuff and left of the bottom band. I left the bottom un-hemmed in the photo, only because I was out of time, but I do plan on hemming it with my double needle.
Are you ready to sew your own version of this top? Head over to page 2 to download the pattern and then over to page 3 for the instructions.
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