I’ve started slowly working on my fall/winter wardrobe. I have a couple of basic solid sweatshirts, sweaters, and long sleeve tees that I made and bought last year. Since I have some basics to start with, I decided to make long sleeve tees with interesting details. I started by making two waterfall raglan tees. I love the long fitted sleeves paired with the loose, draped ruffle. (If you want to see the comparison picture go to the end of the post.) When sewing knit fabrics, I use these sewing tips.
Did you know you can order some fabric.com fabric on Amazon and get free shipping!? I don’t love that I have to buy $50 worth of fabric to get free shipping from fabric.com, so Amazon is a nice solution. A couple of weeks ago this blush bamboo rayon spandex* was on sale for $8 a yard so I bought two yards right away. I love using bamboo rayon spandex. Blush is a color I’m attracted to, but don’t often buy. Since this fabric was on sale I went for it. I knew the color would work with all my gray, white, and navy wardrobe.
These tees are great for layering. I love wearing this one with cardigans. The sleeves are long enough to peek through at my wrist and the perfect ruffles show through. I know that I’ll be wearing these tees a lot this winter!
I made this striped one because I saw a striped ruffle raglan sleeve tee on pinterest and wanted to copy it. I made all the same pattern alterations as the other waterfall raglan tees, but I had to stripe match while cutting out which takes so much time and concentration. It’s totally worth it and I love wearing stripes, but I always forget how much effort goes into cutting stripes out correctly. I’ve never cut out raglan sleeves and stripes so I didn’t realize how hard it was to stripe match them. I got it to work out but I had to stretch the lines while I was sewing because they change width when you cut on angles. Anyway, I just want to say it’s a lot of work to stripe match raglan sleeves. I don’t recommend it! If you are sewing stripes this is how to match stripes.
I actually purchased this fabric as a remnant from a manufacturer. (I buy a lot of my knits that way because it saves me so much money!) I found a similar gray and white pinstripe jersey fabric* that seems to have a similar drape. I know the fabric content is different but the drape and returnability is the most important. These gray and white stripes are so fantastic. I love that they are small because it almost reads as a solid.
I think I like this gray one better than the blush one mostly because it’s not too short in the front. The blush one works, but I’m more comfortable in the striped one. It could also be because I love stripes so much and want a closet full of striped tops!
I have made three waterfall raglan tees with three different fabrics. I altered the front to curve up instead of down, but used the same exact pattern. The blush waterfall raglan tee is bamboo rayon spandex* which drapes well but doesn’t stretch vertically. The striped waterfall raglan tee is a lightweight cotton spandex jersey* that has a little bit of vertical stretch and lots of drape. The charcoal waterfall raglan tee is a rayon spandex with lots of drape and lots of vertical stretch. This one even has some width removed, but it’s much wider and longer than the other ones. They all work great with skinny jeans or leggings. They coordinate with everything in my wardrobe, and I love the way they look with long jackets and cardigans.