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« on: November 04, 2007 06:33:30 PM »

I've been eyeing mismatched raglan sleeve shirts recently, wanting to whip something up for my kid.
Alas, I couldn't find much in way of a plan or instructions or info to give me the confidence.  Searches here just turned up LOTS of raglan sweaters.  Wrong.

Finally, yesterday I just decided to wing it.  I grabbed some purple floral fabrics from my mom's old quilting cotton stash, an old raglan sleeve shirt from my daughter's closet, and threw caution to the wind. 

Here's what I ended up with:


Here's the shirt (a 3T SS shirt, with elasticized sleeves and a button back) that I started with.


I wanted it to be a 4-5T when done, with no buttons and no shirred sleeves.  I added several inches of length, and made everything just a bit bigger (figuring I can always cut down later).

Here are my 4 pieces (each sleeve and front and back):


I added elastic to each sleeve at the top, and the front of the neckline.  I also added a strip of elastic in the middle of each sleeve, to give it a little flounce.


Then, sewed it up!


Test fit:
(she's watching TV and can't be bothered...)


And, with the hem done and accessories (an elasticized headband and little sash tie belt (with elastic in the back as well):



The Back,                                            And one semi Close up:


I actually have more pics if anyone needs it... this whole thing took me less than 2 hours start to finish, and that is planning, sewing, measuring, etc.  I tend to never use pins or measure things well, so I was very happy at the ease of this project.  I did trace my sleeve, so I can use that for future stuff.  LOVE it.  I'm making her a rainbow flannel nightgown next with this same plan.  I may make some shirts for me and my sister too, with a built in belt (same contrasting fabric as the sleeves).

Let me know what you think!
Thanks.

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2007 06:39:18 PM »

How very sweet. Model is great , too.
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2007 07:12:14 PM »

Gorgeous!!  I have two long bodied girls and it's getting too cold to have tuimmys peeking out.  I think I'm gonna have to try this.

Your model is gorgeous, too. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2007 07:22:14 PM »

Gorgeous!!  I have two long bodied girls and it's getting too cold to have tuimmys peeking out.  I think I'm gonna have to try this.

Your model is gorgeous, too. Smiley

Thanks!  That was my goal.  I think with the extra flare and length she'll be able to get a good year or 2 out of it.  I can cut off the sleeves later if I need to. Smiley

My model is sweet, sometimes.  About 1/2 the photos always have to be deleted as she makes funky silly sassy faces.  She's a keeper though!
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2007 07:33:33 PM »

REEEEAAALY cute, OY!  Way to wing it!

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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2007 08:43:04 PM »

It turned out great!  I'm going to bookmark this for future idears...gotta get my current ones completed first  Tongue  The tie and headband totally made it  Smiley  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2007 05:46:29 AM »

Thanks guys!  I have several ideas on how to modify it slightly for next time, and to make variations.  I'll probably make pants with them too in the spring, but this fabric seemed too pale to do pants with at this time of year. Smiley

Thanks Micol!  I want to see L in one. Wink
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2007 09:58:33 AM »

Looks really good.  I'm diggin the belt - it brings it together nicely ( Roll Eyes)
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2007 11:01:10 AM »

Great job winging it!  The shirt looks really good.  Sometimes it is hard to find a pattern for a particular style you want.  Kudos to you for creating your own.
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2007 02:15:11 PM »

Thanks guys!  She likes it too, so a comfy, soft, easy to care for shirt that she can grow into is a win-win all the way around!
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