Friday, September 12, 2014

Maternity Lane Raglan Take 2!

I made another Lane Raglan!  This time I went a little more adventurous and used orange polka dots for the sleeves. What do you think? Can I pull off the polkadot sleeve look in everyday life?

  I say yes! Especially on the soccer sidelines when we may just get drenched with rain like we did this week this would be better than the sweater and skirt I was wearing at the time. It works as a cute p.j. tee too. 

SO this time around I made a size Small on in the chest and shoulders and sloped the sides to a size Medium sized waist.  You can see my last Maternity Raglan attempt in this post for comparison. I chose not to add the extra length to the front panel this time.  I really like the length on this one but it doesn't seem to sink in under the chest as nicely as the last one, making it not quite as flattering.  I may need to take it in a little more there at the side seams or it may help to add some elastic at the side seams to add a little ruching. Or maybe I'm just bigger now and I really do  need that extra fabric helping me out. :) 

I decided to change the sleeves again. I made them even shorter this time and hemmed them the same as the neck line. I think a little curvy cap sleeve would even be cute too.  The Polkadot Fabric is a Riley Blake knit and the gray is Laguna Stretch knit by Robert Kaufman. I picked them up on my last visit to Sew Central. both knits have spandex in them and are super stretchy so they paired well together. So soft and comfortable too.

I think the hardest part of this whole pattern is the applying the neckline. I messed it up the first time around and had to re-do it, stretching it a little more. This fabric has much more stretch than the last one I used so it took a couple of tries to get the hang of it. It's maybe a little to stretched now cause it puckers a little still. I'm picky. If you are going to sew this pattern I would suggest cutting a curve in some leftover scraps and sewing the a separate piece of binding to it just so you know how much stretch you need to have it lay flat. 

Even though I'm pouting here, I totally love my new Lane Raglan. Thank's Hey June for a great pattern!

Oh!!And I almost forgot! Our new book came in the mail a couple of days ago.  A real copy in my hands!!  It's a little surreal seeing your name in print ON A BOOK!  You saw it already if you follow me on Instagram (@bluesusanmakes). I'll take some glamour shots of it soon to show you. C&T Publishing really did a beautiful job putting it all together. Just another month or so and you will be able to get your hands on it as well.  It's available for pre-order on Amazon now. And you get an eBook version from the C&T website.

For my next maternity shirt hack I'm going to use a pattern from our new book, and you just might see some more orange polkadots. 
Stay tuned!


  1. This top is darling! The polkadots make it so. Seem to be a very versatile pattern.

  2. Lovely! The polka dots add just the right touch. Those are some of my favorite colors too.

  3. Aw man, I just noticed my comment from last week didn't go through. Anyway, I really love it! Especially the orange and polka dots :) Thanks so much for sharing another lane!

  4. I love the polka dots! This is a cute pattern!

    And huge congrats on the book! (And baby!)