I have been thinking about the upcoming hot summer and the tees I’ll be wearing. Last summer I made a bunch of simple, solid tees (I actually only have only a few in my closet now), and I’m ready to move onto tees that are a step up from basic. I’ve been eyeing the Waterfall Raglan ever since it came out, but I didn’t know if the shape would look good on me. I like to watch and think about a pattern a long time before I buy it. Well, I met Gabriela from Chalk and Notch at Snap conference (she was my roommate!), and at the sewing meetup she gave away one free pattern. I won’t say no to a free pattern, especially one I’ve been eyeing.
After reading some reviews of the pattern, I decided to make a size 0 which fit my measurements perfectly. (You only have to measure your bust and your bicep.) After assembling the pattern and realizing I had only a yard of fabric to work with, I altered the pattern some more. I shaved off 1/2″ both side seams and tapering it so that I didn’t alter the sleeves. I also took off 1/2″ of the ruffle sides. I shortened the short sleeves but 1.5″ since I planned to add the bells. I cut 6″ by 1.5 the measurement of the bottom of the sleeve for the gathered bell. I flipped the front curve from going down to going up and lowered it by 2″. I didn’t alter the back.
I won this rayon spandex fabric from a Project Run and Play giveaway from Fabric Mart. I purchased it without a plan and only got 1 yard. The Waterfall Raglan calls for 1.25 yards of fabric for the size 0, but I knew I could make it work. After a lot of jigsaw work and careful cutting, I made it work with 1 yard. (I don’t recommend it unless you want to alter the pattern and stress yourself out about making it work!)
This fabric is soft, really drapey, and wasn’t that hard to work with. I love the feeling of it and the amazing movement. Here’s some tips for sewing knit fabric.
The pattern is drafted really well and the instructions were detailed. A beginner would definitely be able to make this with a lot of patience. I was very impressed with the pattern, and I’m not just saying that because I met Gabriela in real life. It really is a good pattern. I would recommend it to anyone. I also have to say that I’ve seen the Waterfall Raglan on lots of difference body types, and it was flattering on all. Especially if using really drapey fabric.
I love the pocket detail, and the bell sleeves. I have not been interested in bell sleeves at all. I was just going to wait for the trend to pass. That could be because I mostly see bell sleeves as long sleeves and I only like long sleeves that are tight and fitted. Once I realized I could wear bell sleeves in the summer and get that extra breeziness, I was all in. I guess with this tee it was “go big or go home”, right? Give me all the ruffles. I’ve already worn this tee three times since I finished it, and I can’t wait to wear this tee all summer!