How to navigate this post (and find the pattern):
Products used and Recommended:
- My favorite fabric shop for knits: Funkalicious Fabrics and Girl Charlee. My favorite shop for cottons and other fabrics: Fabric.com.
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start off with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
- Ball point needles
- Ball Point double needle
- Walking foot
Ladies Raglan Top Sewing Instructions
I didn’t do a separate tutorial for this pattern since it is made the exact same way as my child size raglan tunic pattern/tutorial. Instead I just coy and pasted the instuctions here so you no longer have to flip back and forth between the two.
MAKE SURE TO SAVE THE PATTERN TO YOUR COMPUTER AND THE OPEN WITH ADOBE READER. WHEN PRINTING, CHOOSE ACTUAL SIZE AND AUTO/PORTRAIT LANDSCAPE.
- S/M: Bust: 35 – 37 Hip: 35.5 to 37.5
- M/L: Bust: 37.5 to 39 Hip: 38 to 40
Finished garment measurements:
- S/M: Bust: 39.5 Hip: 39.75
- M/L: Bust: 41.75 Hip: 42
(As you can see, there’s plenty of ease in the top for a nice loose fit. )
Fabric: stretch knit, about 2 yards
Binding: use a ribbed knit or other knit with at least 75% stretch- any less than that, you will need to add a couple of inches to the binding and cuffs. (If you are worried, cut your binding a little long and stretch it with your fingers to make sure it will go all the way around.)
Step 1. Cut pattern and bindings:
Cut out the size needed from the pattern. (two sleeves, front and back bodice)
Cut binding pieces from measurements:
Neck binding: (cut on the fold)
- S/M: 10.5 inches by 2 inches
- M/L: 11 inches by 2 inches
Sleeve cuffs: (not on the fold)
- S/M: 8 inches by 4.5 inches
- M/L: 8.5 inches by 4.5 inches
Bottom binding: (not on the fold)
- S/M: 37.75 by 4.5
- M/L: 40 inches by 4.5
Step 2: Assembling the top:
Line up the sleeve edges and the front tunic piece, right sides together. Pin in place and sew along the edge.
Line up the back tunic piece with the back sleeve edges, right sides together, pin and sew.
Line up the front and back. Pin together and sew, from sleeve (cuff) edge to the bottom of the shirt.
Step 3: Adding the cuffs bottom band and neckband.
Fold all the fabric strips in half, right sides together, so the sort edges line up. Sew along the edges, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. (You should have fabric circles.)
Starting with the bottom band, fold the fabric circle in half, right sides together and press.
Divide the fabric band into fourths, mark these points with pins or a fabric marker. Mark the center of the front and back side of the tunic. Match up the marks, lining the raw edges of the band and raw edges of the tunic up, pin in place. (A much better photo tutorial of this process can be found in my Tie Front Top tutorial.)
For a more finished look, you may want to gently press your seams flat and top stitch around the neckband. Since fleece and most knits don’t fray, it’s completely optional to finish the inside seams.
Let me know if you end up making one of these!