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My Handmade Wardrobe : Relaxed Raglan

after reading Overdressed by Elizabeth L. Cline, i wanted a mostly handmade wardrobe. first off i can't stand most ready to wear (RTW) clothing, it is so cheaply made, and never seems to fit my post two kids body very well.

after preparing myself, mostly mentally that i could sew my own clothes. i started giving it a serious go this year. i began with woven garments, since as a quilter i am most comfortable working with them. well woven garments are nice, but nothing compares to the versatility of knits. after a different attempts that were okay. i discovered Patterns for Pirates and my knit sewing game has certainly stepped up.


as a mom with little kiddos, having clothing that lets me be comfortable is key! i never know how the day is going to shape up. so while i love sewing up woven garments, right now those are perfect for church or the occasional date night with the hubby. but my knit garments are perfect for day to day wear and i can dress them up too.

i picked up the Relaxed Raglan to give knit sewing a try again. i LOVE this pattern. Judy does a fabulous job of walking you through cutting and sewing up your raglan. and since it is raglan sleeves this is an ideal pattern for beginner seamstress. i have since sewed up 2 and have one more ready to go! and my oldest daughter is asking for a few shirts for herself.

the pattern comes with lots of ways to customize your shirt: long, elbow, or short sleeves; shirt or tunic length, curved hem or banded hem; and with the add on pack you can make yourself a hoodie or other cozy shirt.

time to sew up a few more shirts, now to just work up the courage to try pants!

Happy Sewing!

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