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Raglan shirts

Little boys in raglan shirts are so very dear. Add rolled up jeans and chucks?

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Raglan sleeves are so much easier to sew too. Nice big front for ironing on, or painting, or otherwise installing something cute? Love.

I’d like to come out of this Kids Clothes Week 2015 with some new raglans for him for spring.

So I’m giving this freebie pattern a whirl on a test drive. Green stuff is leftover knit from an old dress project, the white knit is from the stash, probably thrifted.

None of this so far fits the week’s upcycling theme, but there’s no way I’m going to proceed with cutting up lots more sweats and t-shirts unless I know this pattern fits.

Mr. Baby has a giant noggin.

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This isn’t a real infinity dress!

Got fooled by Butterick.

Their new B5606 looked like one of those old infinity — you can wear this dress 72 ways! — dress patterns. I just sold a vintage black knit infinity dress because it was just too big for me, and was excited to give it another try.

Alas. This is just a tank dress with long knit wings, I discovered at the store.

Serves me right for ignoring the line drawing.

So excited about this dress

This Butterick 5277.

Raglan sleeve, darts for easy shaping, nice neckline and length, not too fancy. Belts and collar all optional:

Cut a muslin out last night from some khaki polished cotton I thrifted at the Unique in Markham, like $2 for 3 or 4 yards.

Once it fits, there’ll be no stopping me. It’s such a necklace dress. It uses only 1.5 yards of fabric, plus 1.5 of lining, so I can make it in posh things.

I already have some polka dotted polished cotton. Maybe add some piping for top and sleeve edges?

Some lightweight denim

Some black polished cotton

And some dark purple twill.

Long dress all done

Took a beloved T-shirt pattern and lengthened it into a solid gray dress I will wear all spring.

gray long dress

Raglan sleeves, nice scoop neck that’s not too deep, long length, ruching around bumpy middle. That part photographs terribly:

gray long dress

And I did the hem with a band I sewed onto the dress’ wrong side at the bottom so there’s texture.

The style was inspired by a thrifted wool-blend dress that went down to my feet. And there’s enough old gray Gaffney’s knit leftover to make something else.

Changing turtleneck sweater dress into…

Love the color, texture, fuzz on this thrifted lamsbwool sweaterdress. I’m a fan of the shoulder buttons that open and close it, too.

turtleneck sweater dress before

But it’s got a TURTLENECK (ugh). So I’m using my new favorite McCall’s 6164 to transform it…

turtleneck sweater dress traced

…into a purple lambswool sweaterdress with a scoop neck.

turtleneck sweater dress cut

Still needs bindings, etc, but it’s so close…

Spring inspiration

First I’m looking at shapes:





I keep picking up patterns in these shapes is the good news.

How to cut a top from a sweater

I cut a cute knit top out of a boxy cashmere sweater using a pattern for the bodice, and pinning the sleeves.

To cut the pattern (here from McCall’s 6164) I marked the center of the sweater front with chalk, and traced each side, instead of folding the sweater and doing both at the same time. Got more precision that way.

sweater purple cashmere pattern

Did the same for the back. Marked the line with chalk.

sweater purple cashmere traced

The sleeves were trickier. The important part was the armhole part. I used the 6164 sleeve pattern piece to trim the top of the existing sweater sleeves into the right shape, first one side, and then the other.

Pinned the sleeves into place. Stitched. They were still baggy – the wrong shape for such a fitted bodice, so I pinned them tighter and stiched along the pins. Finished the seams, then trimmed the excess carefully.

This proved important because it gave me fabric to use for the neck’s binding.

sweater purple cashmere binding

sweater purple cashmere neck detail

I admit, this wasn’t a perfect science. The binding strips kept rolling up so it was hard to keep them even. And the back of the sweater started with a raglan detail in the knit, which carried over to the final cut.

Hope it looks like a detail rather than a flaw…

sweater purple cashmere back