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
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.