I have this problem with stripes. I have made 3 striped knit shirts in the last month. 3. I’ve made 5 shirts total this year so far, and 3 of them have been striped. That’s ok, right?
The Hey June Lane Raglan pattern has been on my wish list for a while. When I saw that it had been revamped, with a curved hemline and more fitted sizing and I decided it was time to make some! This is the first time I’ve sewn a raglan style shirt for myself. I have made a few for my kids, so I had a good understanding of the construction method. However, that didn’t stop me from making a few mistakes, because I’m awesome like that.
I decided to sew the curved hemline with 3/4 length sleeves for this version. I used a striped “bargain” knit from Imagine Gnats. I love how light weight this fabric is, perfect for spring into summer. I did not enjoy hemming it, however. I ended up trying a hem tape, which made the fabric a little stiff, and I also realized that it does not have a lot of recovery. The 3/4 sleeves looked pretty bad after being stretched and mangled into a hem. I ended up cutting them and adding a cuff instead. I left the hem alone, but I’m afraid I may snap the threads. I need more practice with heming knits!
Here are some awkward photos that I’m hoping show the nice curvesd hemline. I’m thinking of investing in a remote and tripod for my camera. Maybe that will make me feel less awkward as I try to photo document all my clothing makes. Maybe.
My main mistake came from sewing the neckband to the shirt with the seam in the front. I was trying to line it up with one of the raglan seems, instead of the center back, but I picked the wrong seam line. Oh well, I tried to make a little tag to cover it up. It looked better in my head than it does in real life, but I tried.
I’m not sure if I’ll get photos of the other version I made, we’ll have to see how the week goes!
Pattern: Hey June, Lane Raglan
Fabric: Jersey Stripe Bargain Knit in Navy
Size: Small with curved hemline, no modifications