I made myself another shirt this week. One more thing I can fit into, yay! (I'm 21 weeks along here, more than half way!) This time I used the Lane Raglan pattern from Hey June. I love a good raglan sleeve. They are so easy to sew. This pattern can be sewn entirely on the serger, which means it’s super fast to sew once you get it cut out. I really like the way it turned out in general.
The pattern sizing says to go by your waist measurement. Since my waist is a little altered I went with my current non maternity shirt size which is Medium.
I ended up taking it in a little on the side seams in the chest and arms. I think I could still do that on the tummy and be okay. But I’m going to leave it so my belly still has room to grow.
I also shortened the sleeves since It’s always hot here. I love the cuff around the bottom of the sleeve!! Since I shortened the sleeve, the patterned cuff wouldn’t have been big enough to go around my arm. So I re-sized it to be ½ inch shorter than the width of the bottom of the sleeve where I cut it, if that makes any sense.
I also really like the band around the bottom though you can see it very well in these pics. It theoretically would have been great if I didn't add length to the front panel.
The verdict: This pattern is clear and well written. It’s easy enough even for the beginner to sew. This pattern runs a little big and longer than I expected. I do like the pattern though and will definitely sew it up again. Next time I think I’ll try out making a size Small and not adding the extra maternity length on the front.
For fabric I used some striped knit that I picked up from Joann a while back. It has a little metallic shimmer to it that you can't really see. It is a great weight and I think it worked well.
I will definitely be sewing this one again, soon!
Until next time Happy sewing.