Learn how to sew a raglan tunic top for girls using this free raglan top pattern in sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
During the holidays, I’d gotten a sales email from Fabric.com advertising fleece was on sale. I clicked over and started browsing the sweatshirt fleece. On the sidebar, (where they have the “you might also like”) I spotted some gorgeous coordinating sequin fabric that was also on sale. I decide that the missy and I needed sequined sweatshirts! Pink for her and teal for me. (I still haven’t made mine yet, but it’s on the to do list.)
As you probably know, when ordering fabrics online it’s impossible to be sure exactly what you’re getting until it arrives. Turns out, the pink sweatshirt fleece was very thick, like normal fleece. Luckily, the fabric for me is a lighter weight, more like french terry. (Looking back on the website, I see that the pink was listed as med/heavy weight and the teal as medium weight- but I still wouldn’t have known the difference unless I had it in my hands to compare.)
The sequined raglan tunic top still turned out really cute, and she loves it. (It’s just a little thicker than I imagined.)
The top is a slimmer-fitting tunic length, but you can lengthen or shorten it to your taste. I tested the size 8 on my son, and rather than putting the cuffs on, I opted to just add the 2 inches back to the sleeves instead of the cuff and left the bottom band off. You can use sequined fabric or just use a cute knit. If you do use sequins, I recommend using either a smaller/thinner sequin fabric or pairing the sequins with a lighter weight knit, such as interlock, french terry or a med/heavy weight jersey.
You will want to use a knit with at least a 50% stretch for ribbing for the neck, bottom and sleeve binding. Ribbing can be hard to find. I’ve sometimes seen it at Girl Charlee and the fabric fairy has a great selection. Plus, I save every outgrown or unloved item of clothing that is ribbed knit so I can recycle it as binding. (if the fabric you use for the binding has less than 50% stretch, you will probably need to cut the neck and sleeve binding a bit longer.)
Are you ready to make your little one a raglan tunic top? You are going to love how easy this top is to make!