She chose this black multicolored sequin fabric. It was very pretty, but I had the hardest time finding a fabric in my stash to coordinate with the fabric. I finally settled on using this dark coral colored rib knit I scavenged from a top in my recycle bin. The original top had a very deep V, so I was just able to squeeze out enough fabric for a new top. (I kind of regret using the coral top, now that her shirt is finished. The coral fabric just looks a little bit “tired.”)
It’s still pretty cute and perfect for school.
I used my Raglan Top Pattern and didn’t really make many changes other than shortening the length and sleeve and doing a slightly different sleeve finish.
I figured the sequined fabric would be too itchy to just fold over and hem and I didn’t want the look of binding showing on the sleeve. I decided to use the sleeve pattern, and make a facing to finish the bottom of the sleeve. If you’re interested in trying this method, here’s how I did it:
Use the bottom of the sleeve pattern and cut a 1.5 inch tall piece (on the fold.)
Sew the edges together to match the sleeve. Line up the sleeve and sleeve facing, right sides together.
Sew, 1/4 inch from the edge and trim.
Flip the fabric around and press if you can. (I did not press for fear of melting the sequins.)
Pin and sew 1/2 inch from the edge.
Trim excess fabric.
Flip sleeve right side out and admire your finished sleeve!
This free pattern and tutorial can be found here. ==>> Raglan Tunic Top Pattern