Raglan Round-Up!


Before I get into the details of this post and why I took on the daunting task of sewing raglans from seven different designers, I want to give a little background about myself since I’ve been writing for Phee since December and haven’t introduced myself. I’m Stephanie, I’m a single mother, work full-time and teach yoga 2-4 days a week. I have my own blog at S-Renee Designs, so feel free to see what I’m up to there.

One of those questions I often see in the land of Facebook sewing groups often has to do with choosing a raglan pattern, and with just about every indie designer having one if not more raglan pattern, I decided to try out a few. I was initially shooting for 9, but soon realized that was crazy (and 7 isn’t). I started a spreadsheet with a list of all the raglan patterns I could find, turns out that list contains 29 different women’s patterns. At the end of the post I’ll share the entire list in case you’re interested.

Background Info


For each pattern I will let you know what size I made, how much fabric I used and what the required fabric length was. I am wearing the same bra in all images to keep the fit consistent, and in this bra I measure a 37”. When I started this project, back in late January I measured at 37” bust, 30” waist, 39” hips. I am also 5’6” tall, hopefully this gives you some insight on sizing.

I also wanted the fabric used to be the same, so that the fit would be the same throughout and not altered by the fabric’s properties. Each shirt is made from Phee Fabric’s 13oz rayon spandex. I love the thickness to this fabric and how soft it is. It also washes extremely well and doesn’t pill. Due to it being thicker than most rayon spandex fabrics, it’s easier to sew with than the thing stuff most people are used to when they think of rayon spandex.

View a spreadsheet with the specific details of each pattern.


Sinclair Patterns Demi


Deisgner: Sinclair Patterns
Demi Classic Raglan Knit Top
Size made:
Options: scoop neck, long sleeve, straight hem
Fabric needed: 2.25 yards
Fabric used: 1.5 yards Light Heathered Gray Rayon Spandex (fussy cut)

** Only Boatneck Raglan, also includes Wide Boatneck (off shoulders) **

Fit: In the fit pics, it appears as though I need a swayback adjustment, but this could possibly be corrected by reducing the size waist. Fit says it’s to be semi-fitted, but I feel as though it’s a little larger than semi-fitted through my waist and hips with my measured size and grading. Upper arms are a little loose for my liking with about 2″ of ease.

Notes: This was the first one that I made, and I’ve been wearing it for a few weeks. Still with the fit issues, I continue to wear it because Phee’s rayon spandex feels so good, so I’ve just been ignoring the baggy arms. I do plan to take in the arms and slim the body through the waist and hips. This pattern is full of neckline options, and has so many possibilities. I’m planning to make more of these after I adjust the fit.

Greenstyle Centerfield


Designer: Greenstyle Creations
Centerfield Raglan T-shirt
Size made:
Options: crew, long sleeve, straight hem
Fabric needed: 2 yards
Fabric used: 1.5 yards Turquoise Rayon Spandex (fussy cut)

** Plus size pattern available up to 62” bust **

Fit: The pattern states that this is a slim fit shirt, but only provides the bust measurement for sizing, therefore I went off my bust measurement. Additional measurements for waist and hips would be helpful for sizing in this pattern since it’s a slim fit, as the top is tight on me below the waist. I expected since the fit is slim, and it’s fitting throughout the body that the arms would be as well, but the upper arms are loose compared to the rest of the garment.

Notes: I was disappointed with this one, probably because all other GreenStyle patterns I own have fit really well. I’m betting if they added in measurements for the waist and hips to this this pattern, it would make this pattern fit better right off the bat, because then I would have been able to grade between sizes based off of my measurements. On another note, I do plan to make this again, making sure to grade up on the lower half, as I think it will make a great running shirt in circular knit.

M4M Women’s Lee


Designer: Made for Mermaids
Women’s Lee Raglan
Size made:
Options: crew neck (although with my issues it turned into a scoop neck), long sleeve with bands, shirt length, straight hem
Fabric needed: 1 5/8 yards
Fabric used: 1.5 yards Periwinkle Rayon Spandex

** Fits as expected! / Great for Hacking **

Fit: With how mad this pattern made me feel putting it together (see notes), I really hoped that the fit would be horrible. So when I tried on the shirt, I was amazed with how it fit, it literally blew my mind, as I wasn’t expecting it at all. I know I still need a few fit adjustments for my liking, but sewn as is, it’s really good. The only thing I really don’t like is how short the sleeves are, and I think this is because I didn’t notice the pattern is drafted for somebody who 5’5” tall.

Notes: I had a really hard time attaching the neckband with a 1/2″ seam allowance. I ended up ripping out the neckband, cutting a new one to 80% of the length and adding back in. My first one I accidentally cut way too much off with my serger, so I tried to make up for the fabric that was accidentally removed by adding a slightly wider neckband. The notches do not match up on this pattern, so if you are like me and ignore instructions completely, take note of that.

Jalie Marie Claude


Designer: Jalie
Size made:
U (US8)
Options: crew neck, thumb cuffs
Fabric needed: 1.75 yards
Fabric used: 1.5 yards Cherry Rayon Spandex (fussy cut)

** Most Sizes – Girls size 2 through Women’s 22 **

Fit: The body isn’t super fitted even though I went by my measurements and it says it’s supposed to be fitted (I may have forgotten to measure my torso), and the arms are incredibly long, like super long. You can see in my photo of the raglans all hanging next to one another how long it is. I know it’s a thumb cuff, so it should be longer, but in RTW I often find long sleeved tops don’t have long enough sleeves. I do really like the fit of the body though.

Notes: I always love how Jalie doesn’t try to over explain everything, and the illustrations are detailed enough for me. I wanted to try out the thumb cuffs as they weren’t like any that I have tried before, I think this is a great way to do a thumb cuff if you are working with less fabric.

Hey June Lane


Designer: Hey June
Lane Raglan
Size made:
Options: ¾ sleeves, curved hem
Fabric needed: 2 yards
Fabric used: less than 1.5 yards, as I used leftovers of the Periwinkle Rayon Spandex and the Dusty Pink Rayon Spandex

** Built-in Full Bust Adjustment **

Fit: The sizing of the Lane is based on your high bust measurement. The description says the sleeves are fitted, but I found them big, and for the 3/4 length they hit at an odd spot. I think once the sleeves are fixed this will be a great weekend shirt since I can’t wear a color blocked top like this to the office as it looks too casual. I do like the fit through the body. The neck is really wide on this top as well.

Notes: As I was sewing this, I noticed that the armcyes of the sleeve were straight while the armcyes of the bodice were curved. I wasn’t sure how this was going to go together, but it worked. It also worked for a good fit through the armcyes, which I wasn’t expecting. This reminds me of a baseball tee, which is a lot of fun.

Side note: I have owned this pattern since basically back around the time it first came out, in 2014. Since then the pattern has been updated at least 2 times, yet I had never made it. This version is the most recent version, and it’s well loved by many people. It was one of my first knit patterns I purchased, but then I got angry with knits when I tried to sew the Kitshy Coo Comino Cap Top and couldn’t figure out the sizing, so I gave up all knits then.

Petite Stitchery Runway Raglan


Designer: Petite Stitchery & Co.
Women’s Runway Raglan Tee & Dress
Size made:
Options: long sleeve, front bodice detail, shirt length, straight hem
Fabric needed: 1.75 yards
Fabric used: 2 yards Dusty Pink Rayon Spandex, Light Heathered Gray Rayon Spandex scraps (I’m guessing that I only used 1.5 yards or less of the Dusty Pink, as I was able to still get a bodice for the Hey June Lane Raglan out of the 2 yard cut)

** Largest Bust at 53.5” and Lowest Price **

Fit: The Runway Raglan is more of a relaxed fit top. This is due to the bodice side seams being straight and not curved with the body’s curves. If you are looking for a raglan that is cut this way, this is the only one of the 7 that was designed this way.

Notes: I really liked that it had me hemming before attaching the neckband, when patterns do this, it pushes me to actually do the hemming and not put it off for a month like I’ve done in the past on garments. I like how the front bodice detail kind of dresses up this raglan. I can see myself wearing this with a skirt to the office.

New Horizon Riviera Raglan


Designer: New Horizon Designs
Riviera Raglan
Size made:
Options: high-cut, crew neck, long sleeve, shirt length, straight hem
Fabric needed: 1.75 yards
Fabric used: 1.5 yards Olive Rayon Spandex (fussy cut)

** Smallest Bust Size at 29” and Most Options **

Fit: On the pattern pieces there’s an option for a standard raglan and a high-cut raglan, but the instructions don’t mention anything about what the difference was, so I decided to try this option. I’m not sure if this gave me a better fit, but according to the sizing info, which I looked more into after I cut my pattern, I should have gone with a full bust adjustment. I really like the fit on this one, but the arms have a lot of extra ease.

Notes: This is another raglan with a lot of options, you can even make a tank top with it! It’s the only one of the 7 that has a v-neck option as well. I really should have tried the v-neck, but I didn’t have the patience for it.

Raglan Reflections

I think I need to slim down on sleeves, as basically all the sleeves have more ease than I typically like, either that or I just have really skinny arms. Looking at my fit pictures, I’m starting to realize a few things. I most likely need a full bust adjustment (which I should have used on the Lane Raglan, since it’s built into the pattern), and I could also use a forward slope adjustment. Personally I have never been one to think I needed an FBA, but it’s looking that way in my pictures with the pulling of fabric under my arms pointing toward my boobs.

During this process of sewing 7 shirts, I came to the realization of why I hate hemming. One is that I hate pressing my hem on sleeves and shirts when in the round. To get past this, I started looking up my hem allowance before sewing the front to back, as well as the sleeves, and pressed the hem up the required amount. This then left a crease in my fabric which made the hemming process go so much faster.

Lessons Learned: Take all measurements next time. If an important measurement isn’t included, then measure the pattern pieces and compare to something I already own.

View all raglan patterns found here. Raglans from this post are listed on the first tab of the spreadsheet, and the remaining raglans are on the second tab.

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Let’s take it slooooowwww

Another holiday season has come and gone and now the post holiday lull…but it always seems short lived. We are always rushing – to school, work, the gym, grocery store. Rushing to start a project and then rushing to finish. After December and what felt like non-stop rushing, I vowed to try and be more present. I admit, it’s not easy. We live in a fast paced world and we are constantly “on.” So when I realized that Valentine’s was just around the corner, I started to panic! “I need to make something!” “And something for Dante!” “And finish the other 9 projects from last month!”

So much for the lull! But I remembered my decision to slow down. And now was the exact moment. I did want to sew, but did not want to just make something for the sake of crossing off my list. I wanted to create something that I would enjoy making and wearing, without rushing!

My first thought was that I wanted something that made me feel “sexy” – it is Valentine’s Day after all and while it does not have to be lingerie, I want something that makes me feel great! So off to Pinterest I went (or even better, to my amazing Pinspiration finding friend, Whitney!) As soon as I saw this picture I knew I had to recreate it – comfy, a bit polished and super cute! Added bonus for me was that it didn’t scream “VALENTINE’S DAY!”

**Photo from Pinterest**

I also wanted comfort (I always want comfort in my clothes, lets be real!) – from fabric that felt good on my skin in a style I would enjoy wearing all the time. So of course I knew exactly the fabric, Phee Fabrics rayon spandex, easy to wear and washes up perfectly every time! There is a ton of rayon spandex out there, and I know I have written about it before, in my first blog post, but Phee’s is in a class all of its own! Let’s not forget all of the color options – right on trend, allowing me to build a wardrobe.

Full confession – I don’t really like raglans! GASP! BLASPHEMY! FOR SHAME! I’m not even really sure why I don’t like them, but I decided to try the Runway Raglan from Petite Stitchery & Co. since it has some insert detail at the shoulder and even a V shape color-block sleeve option (I will definitely try them out soon!) This is the Cherry Rayon Spandex with an inch added to the sleeves for my long arms.


For the joggers I wanted to use a more slim fit pattern and the Brassie Joggers from Greenstyle Creations were perfect. I added 3 inch elastic in the cuffs by serging it in the round (pictures below). This way I could push them down or pull the cuff up a little and they would stay put and keep the shape like some RTW I have seen. And guys, this is the first time I have ever used my coveted Phee rayon spandex for bottoms and I have no idea why!?! These pants are the definition of comfort!

For the cuff, I tried it first on my regular machine, but it is too structured to pass under the presser foot all the way for 3 inches. Instead, I created a center crease on the fabric by folding the long, wrong sides together of the cuff. I lined up one long edge of the elastic to the fold and turned the fabric and elastic into a tube, right sides of the fabric together and elastic wrapped around that. Next, I serged along the short end being sure to catch the elastic in the seam. Turn the fabric right side out encasing the elastic. The seam is a little bulky, but does not bother me when I am wearing them at all.


Thinking about being present and taking my time, both of these projects took me about 3 hours just to sew (plus time to cut patterns and fabric). Usually I would have sewn them both up in half the amount of time, but I wanted to go slow and be present. I used Stay tape on the pocket, wash away hem tape on the shirt, top stitching on the neck band, pressing seams as I sewed and adding in the wide elastic for the cuffs.

And then a little fun with vinyl from a free font I found (I just stretched it to fit and look as close to the Pinspiration)

All of these details took the outfit from “sweats and a raglan” to “feelin’ fierce!”


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Support and Style


When it comes to workout wear I used to only care about the style – Is it trendy and cute? Do I love the color? Will I look put together at the gym? The problem with Ready-to-Wear workout wear, even the pricey stuff, often times the style is fun and funky, but the function falls flat (and so do other things!)

Enter Phee Fabrics and the incredible power of  Powernet!!! (said in my best super hero announcer voice)


I usually tend to follow the rules – linings on the inside for support and function, fabric on the outside for style. With Powernet you can have your support and see it too! The Coral Powernet was just too pretty to hide so I went to hacking up some of my favorite patterns from Petite Stitchery to make this Powernet really shine like the star it is.

First up is the Swanky Tank (ad). I shortened the top by approximately 8 1/2″ and used the original curved hem. Then I took the back piece and added a 2″ wide panel to show off this soft Coral Powernet.



This is the deep cut arm, super fun for a workout top to give some extra movement. I also love that this works for the gym and beyond. Paired with denim shorts, it was the perfect sporty and casual look I love for lazy summer days.


And then onto the leggings, Petite Stitchery Fusion Leggings (ad). This pattern was intended to be a more dressed up bottom, but I can’t seem to stop making them into workout leggings! That V-back and leg is just too fun! This time I modified the length to be cropped and I added a 3rd color block to the legs. The top is Gray Supplex followed by heathered gray circular knit and finally Coral Powernet. I also decided to use the Powernet on the outside of the waistband. The support is still there but the look of the Powernet is not hiding this time!


I have learned that there are no rules with sewing – play with patterns and fabrics to make your creations your own!


All the yoggers

Yoggers are by petite stitchery and they’re FREE for members of the Facebook group. I’m always on the hunt for cute boy pants and while these are labeled “girls” they are 100% unisex!! I was first apprehensive to try them but now I’m wishing I started making them sooner because they are my newest favorite pattern.

I’m making them in all the lengths with tricot from phee fabrics. I decided to do a the shorts first, now the pattern calls for bands on all versions but I didn’t want banded shorts. Simple fix! I just went straight when the pattern calls to curve for both front, back and lining pieces. I’m lining the neon yellow tricot with white liner and chose to line them because my son is basically captain commando! With the pants and capris I didn’t line them but I also used darker colors and prints.

Now, while Captain Commando would prefer to live on a nudist colony he does need to wear clothes, ya know, that whole ‘going out in public’ thing. He prefers to have enclosed seams when I line stuff, so you will want to assemble the legs and crotch of the pattern for the outer fabric, same with the liner, insert the liner into the yellow tricot (wrong sides together) and clip or pin. Badge the legs together. Attach the waistband, treating the outer fabric and liner as one. Then I fold hemmed the legs about 3/4″!

For the Capri and full length, they’re done with bands so it’s simple to just follow the pattern instructions and I added pockets. There’s a solid cut line for the front piece that you will want to cut if adding pockets. The left pocket is before adding one piece, the right is once it’s finished and topstitched.

After attaching the angled pocket piece, topstitch

Add back pocket piece by serging together

Then follow the instructions within the pattern to assemble the rest. While I have found this pattern for be true to the measurements I did find the cuffs to be slightly loose. But that’s an easy fix. Stay tuned for some amazing final pics …. ya know because school can’t start soon enough 😉.


The Magic of a New Outfit

Ahhhh, summertime! The perfect time to sit back, relax, have a few pool or boat drinks and take a break from “the grind.” This all sounds so magical, but alas, an entire summer without a workout would mean 9 months of gym lock down! So how do you stay motivated or find some extra motivation during these lazy summer months?

Before I began sewing, I always would buy new outfits, well, for just about anything. First day of school, Saturday night out, birthday party, because it’s Tuesday….you get the idea. And now that I sew, not much has changed, in fact I think it may have gotten worse.

One of the first things I ever sewed for myself was a pair of legging. I had basically no idea what I was doing or sewing but my desire to no longer wear ill-fitting athletic wear was fierce and so began the love affair with sewing my own workout wear. While I enjoy my workouts most days, sometimes I just need the extra push and this outfit is the answer!

So here’s my new summer-workout-motivation-outfit


I saw the Teal Tricot and was super excited to try it out. This color is so vibrant in person and to stand out in the gym crowd. It is a bit thinner than I would use for all over leggings, but absolutely perfect for accents and tops, IMO. Luckily I am a fabric hoarder extraordinaire and had this gorgeous spandex that matched (this one’s no longer available, but there are other Nylon Spandex Prints to check out)

Hooray for fabric mail!!!

The leggings are the Fusion Leggings from Petite Stitchery and Co shortened a few inches for a cropped look and the top is the Sapphire Tank hacked to use 2 front pieces for a scooped back to show off some fun sports bras. (afflink)

And not only is this fabric a dream to sew and wear, it is also moisture wicking and antimicrobial, both of which I stressed tested in a class

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This outfit screamed for fun cover stitching!

And in the Bahamian heat!!

Post run...Look Ma, no sweat!

Post run...Look Ma, no sweat!I hope this inspires you to hit the refresh on your workout wear AND summer workouts

Vacation workout’s are much easier in fancy new clothes

A Fabric Fit for All

Today is a big day…my first blog post! Taking my social media sewing ramblings to new heights, lol!

Truthfully, I am excited for this challenge and next step in my sewing journey. I could not think of a better first topic than the one that brought me to sewing in the first place, my family. I began sewing when my son was around 8 months old. There were so many baby items that I found myself buying and thinking, “I could make this!” So I dusted off the 10 year old sewing machine I had never used before and tried. A few classes, 3 new machines and waaaaaay too much fabric later I find myself sewing daily and can’t imagine life without it.

About the fabric – finding fabric for myself has never been a challenge.

Exhibit A: (this is not all of it, we always find places to hide more )

But finding fabric for my husband and son has been a challenge for me. I tend to gravitate towards solids and neutral prints for them, and when I saw the Oatmeal Rayon Spandex from Phee Fabrics, I knew I had a winner for my two guys!

Not all fabric is created equal, and to that, not all Rayon Spandex is created equal. The rayon spandex from Phee Fabrics is an impressive 13 oz’s! It has a great textured pattern that adds to the look and gives more coverage than other light colored fabrics, a plus for my husband who doesn’t want to wear an undershirt in the hot, summer months.


I know there are several Mommy-and-Me sets and with Father’s Day around the corner, I wanted a Papa-and-Me set for my guys. I chose a tank top for my son. This time I used the Neverland Tee, which just got an update, to try out how this rayon spandex would work for bands. Major success! The weight gives it the stability I like from traditional Cotton Lycra bands but it is much softer and had plenty of stretch and great recovery. For Papa, a V-Neck was the request and I found the Berlin Tee from Toby K. Patterns. This one is loaded with options and turned out great as a V-Neck in the Oatmeal Rayon Spandex.

And of course mama had to have something…

The Open Back Pullover from Greenstyle is the layering piece I had been hoping for and the White Rayon Spandex gives enough coverage but is light enough for sweaty post workout wear. And since there is an open back, why not add another Phee fabric?!? Some White and Navy stripes in the latest pattern from Petite Stitchery & Co., the women’ Starbird Suit!

Just one big happy fabric family!