Sew-a-bration of Womanhood – Mom’s Raglan Dress FREE Pattern

As you may know, my creations are often for my daughter but this time, thanks to Jo and Scary @ Shaffer Sisters and Ajaire @ Call Ajaire, I felt authorized spending some time in drafting and sewing something For Mom Only!

Let me say that I’m honoured of opening this inspiring series with a brand new name “Sew-a-bration of Womanhood”… thank you so much for this tempting occasion: as moms we always spend most of our time for our families but, guess what?

We deserve some Mom time!

and, if you love to sew, you’ll agree that Mom Time = sewing something for Mom!

I love raglan sleeves, I’ve created so many shirts and dresses with them, so the choice was already done:

a comfy knit raglan dress

with a shoulder detail that highlight end enhance that part of the body: because a mom need practical garments but they can be fun and flirty too!

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern

I’m sharing with you my pattern, so you can recreate it, if you like!

You can find it here on my pattern shop on Craftsy (affiliate link), for FREE. 

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My Mom’s Raglan Dress pattern fits a body with these measurements:

  • Bust: 100 cm
  • Waist: 80 cm
  • Hips 100 cm

It’s a knit dress, so it will fit/hug you also if your measurements are not exactly those above…soooo comfy!

Can I add a couple of words about the pattern? I’ve recently discovered one of the greatest woman in patternmaking with Illustrator… it’s the awesome Lauren Dahl and I’d like to thank her for all what she’s teaching me with her PatternWorkshop (affiliate link) video course… it’s the best thing I’ve bought lately!

What you need:

  • 1 m jersey
  • scraps of jersey for the underbreast strip
  • scraps of fusible knit interfacing for the underbreast strip
  • scraps of woven lightweight fabric for the sleeves
  • thread
  • Mom’s Raglan Dress FREE pattern (affiliate link)1 cm seam allowances included!

Print and tape together the pattern, following the pattern layout below:

Serger Pepper - Mom's Raglan Dress size L PATTERN LAYOUT

Before you start cutting, check your jersey’s raw edges: chances are that they’re rolling on themselves… a simple trick is to use some starch spray (the one you use for ironing men’s button up shirts) and give a nice steam pressflat edges in seconds!

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - flat edges with spray starch

Cut all the pattern pieces, marking notches:

  • center neckline front and back;
  • single notch on front sleeve;
  • single notch on front bodice;
  • shoulder point A on sleeves;
  • waistline height.

Cut a strip of binding for the neckline (55 cm * 4 or 21 1/4″ * 1 1/2″) in the sense of stretch.
Apply interfacing to the black underbreast strip (this will give more body and support!)

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - materials
Sew (or serge) bodice to underbreast to skirt piece to create front piece.

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - create front piece
Assembling sleeves (with a french seam):

Sew sleeves front to back, wrong sides facing, using a 1/8″ seam allowance: start from neckline and stop to the shoulder point notch A. Backstitch on both ends.
Press your shoulder seams flat to one side, not open, to “set” your stitches (they have to blend with the fabric); then turn the fabric wrong side out and press the seam line again.
Lay the sewn sleeves front and back pieces flat with wrong side out (Right Sides Together) and stitch the second seam 1/4” from first seam, enclosing the raw edges of the first seam.

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - french seam sleeves

Press seam allowances toward wrong side along the remaining central seam of each sleeve, from shoulder point notch A to sleeve hem: this will help you achieve the perfect rolled hem, either if you sew it using a small and full zig-zag with your sewing machine or you do a rolled hem with your serger like I did.

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - press seam allowances

Need a help with serger stitches settings? Check this cheat sheet 😉

I’d suggest you disengage your blade now and pull off the stitch finger in order to sew sew a rolled hem all along those pressed hems, in one time: straighten the fabric when you reach point A, so you can sew one only seam from sleeve hem to sleeve hem, passing through A.

Trim exceeding fabric on the wrong side.

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - rolled hem

Here’s how it looks after a nice steam press… isn’t it lovely?

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern  - rolled hem
Suggestion: serging a narrow hem, the thread showing is the upper looper‘s one: choose it wisely!
Attach raglan sleeves to the front bodice, right sides together, matching notches.
Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - attach the sleeves

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - sleeves to the front
Attach raglan sleeves to the back of the dress, in the same way you did on the front.
Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - sleeves to the back

Hem (with a rolled hem) the sleeves:

Press toward the wrong side of the fabric 1 cm seam allowance:
Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - press sleeve's hem

Sew a rolled hem on the right side and trim off exceeding fabric as you did before.

Fold the corner toward the wrong side before hemming for best results.

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - rolled hem on sleeves
Secure serger’s chain inside the seam, on wrong side, using a wool needle:

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - secure thread tails
Trim the rest of the tail:
Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - trim thread tails
Put front dress piece above back dress piece, right sides facing, match side seams (notches), raglan seams and align hemlines on both skirt and sleeves hems.

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern -  sew side seams
If you’re unsure about the fit, baste side seams and try on your dress to decide if you need to trim off to shape it more along the waist or hip girths. When you’re ok, sew side seams.

Neckline

Fold your binding in half and stitch together the short sides, right sides together, closing the ribbing in circle. Fold the binding in half again, heightwise and wrong sides together, matching long raw edges.

Mark the other half with a pin, opposite to the seam you’ve just made.Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - neckline
Match that seam to the center back notch (that I forgot to mark, so you see a pin, instead!) and the pin to the center front notch (idem).

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - pin the neckline
Go on pinning all around, stretching the ribbing to fit (don’t stretch the neckline!).
Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - more pins on the necklineSerge (or sew with a triple straight stitch) all around, press toward the bodice (use a tailor’s ham for best results) and topstitch to secure the seam allowance to the back (so it won’t flip) with a triple straight stitch.

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - finished!

Hem your Mom’s Raglan Dress using
a) a double needle
b) a blind hem
c) adding ruffles matching to raglan sleeves woven fabric
d) nothing at all, like I did (since knit doesn’t fray)… in the end it’s Mom time, am I allowed of being lazy, or not?

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern - I love this dress!

I hope you enjoyed my Mom’s Raglan Dress, I’m sure that now I have a new dress that I’ll wear a lot this spring/summer

Serger Pepper - Sew-a-Bration of Womanwood - Moms Raglan Dress FREE pattern  - I love this dress!

I hope you enjoyed  this Mom’s Daglan Dress… I can’t wait to see all the other participant’s creations!

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25 Comments

  1. Ina May 2, 2014 at 17:37 - Reply

    It’s super cute! 🙂 I just have a feeling it won’t look as flattering on me…. 😉

    • Mamma Nene May 5, 2014 at 22:36 - Reply

      Why not, Ina? It’s like a long t-shirt, nothing cozier 😉
      I think I’ll use it as a swimcover, to the swimmingpool, as soon as the sun will get warmer!

      • Ina May 6, 2014 at 01:40 - Reply

        As a swim cover ok. 😉 With a belt….. I don’t think so. A bit too many curves in the wrong places. 😀 LOL!

  2. Beatriz Azuara May 3, 2014 at 11:17 - Reply

    Love is a very cool dress and looks very comfortable, thank you very much for the pattern and tutorial is perfect.

    Kisses/Bea

    • Mamma Nene May 5, 2014 at 22:36 - Reply

      Thanks Bea! You’re so nice, as usual <3
      I’ve printed out your shorts pattern… just a little step nearer to sew them!

  3. Agy May 3, 2014 at 11:48 - Reply

    Very nice! I was just wondering whether the zigzag stitch you used to sew the sleeve to the jersey fabric allows the jersey to retain it’s stretch in the armhole area? I want to sew non-jersey to jersey material and was wondering whether the zigzag would be the best way. Thanks!

    • Mamma Nene May 5, 2014 at 22:41 - Reply

      Hi Agy, happy to hear you like it!
      I didn’t worry about the raglan seam to be stretchy, being the knit stitched to a woven fabric… and it’s not too tight because of the split seam in the upper side…
      I used my serger’s 4 thread stitch but, if I had to use a sewing machine, I would have choosen a triple straight stitch and a stretch needle (or, at least, a ballpoint needle)

  4. Ajaire May 4, 2014 at 13:31 - Reply

    It looks amazing on you Irene! I love the sleeve detail. It’s so lovely and I wouldn’t have thought of it. Thanks so much for being a contributor!! And yes I second the greatness of Pattern Workshop 🙂

    • Mamma Nene May 5, 2014 at 23:09 - Reply

      Thanks Ajaire! I think I will use it a lot… Casual but flirty… totally my style!
      Thanks for having me 🙂

  5. shaffersisters May 4, 2014 at 17:00 - Reply

    It looks really great for you. It is such a stylish & flattering look. Thank you for participating and keep up the GREAT work!
    With Love,
    Scary

    • Mamma Nene May 5, 2014 at 23:12 - Reply

      Thanks Scary <3
      I’m so happy you appreciate it… I had fun creating it and drafting it… and I bet I’ll have fun wearing it 😉

  6. Mae May 5, 2014 at 19:29 - Reply

    Nice work! It’s awesome that you were able to draft and sew it all yourself!!

    • Mamma Nene May 5, 2014 at 23:20 - Reply

      I love to draft my own patterns (my latest one is a bag, what a coincidence!), for me and my daughter… and the better is when other awesome ladies are sewing them and publishing some pics… yes! This makes my day!

  7. Kathy May 5, 2014 at 23:36 - Reply

    What a great dress and yes it is awesome you can draft patterns for yourself.

  8. Olga Becker May 6, 2014 at 04:27 - Reply

    Super cute! Thanks for the starch tip, I will certainly use it next time. Can’t stand curling edges. 🙂

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  10. Deanna {sewmccool} May 25, 2014 at 01:18 - Reply

    Irene writes really great tutorials! I’m always so impressed and honored that she agreed to contribute to my blog. 🙂 🙂

    • Mamma Nene May 25, 2014 at 21:12 - Reply

      Thanks Deanna 😀
      I’m honored that I’m writing for you!

  11. Pam @Threading My Way September 20, 2014 at 13:33 - Reply

    Looks great on you, Irene!

    • Mamma Nene September 20, 2014 at 16:16 - Reply

      Thank you Pam, it’s been one pof my favorite summer dresses this year! I’m planning to do a pattern for sale with it, grading it in more sizes!

  12. Nat December 21, 2016 at 18:56 - Reply

    I would really like to make this dress in a medium or small. How many inches would I need to take the pattern in to do that? Thanks!

    • Mamma Nene December 21, 2016 at 19:13 - Reply

      Hi Nat!
      There’s no quick and easy answer to your question 🙂
      You’d better make a muslin, maybe upcycling old T-shirts and try it on yourself, to decide how much and where would you need to take in.
      “Small” and “Medium” are just labels, there’s no standard valid all over the world. Grading between sizes isn’t just taking inches in, it’s a matter of downsizing proportionally.
      I’d love to see your trial muslin, by the way, and I will help you fitting it with pleasure. Just send pictures!
      Happy sewing,
      Irene

      • Nat December 30, 2016 at 19:18 - Reply

        Thank you for the advice. I will let you know if I try it. I have a similar dress I might try to use as a pattern.

  13. Carole November 24, 2017 at 08:44 - Reply

    Thank you very much for your generosity! I am looking forward to your serger tip book!

    Your time and efforts are very much appreciated,

    Respectfully,
    Carole

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