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 honored 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 with 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 highlights end enhances that part of the body: because a mom need practical garments but they can be fun and flirty too!
I’m sharing with you my pattern, so you can recreate it if you like!
You can find it here in my pattern shop on Bluprint (formerly Craftsy), for FREE.
If you’re not in Craftsy, follow my step-by-step instructions about how to create an account for FREE in minutes… you won’t regret it!
Just a couple of world about sewing knits: I find everyday people asking me suggestions and tips for sewing knits, so I’ve written a post about it, collecting my 30 best tips… if you feel like you need a boost to convince you sewing knits with confidence, read it now!
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!
What you need:
- 1 m jersey
- scraps of jersey for the underbust strip
- scraps of fusible knit interfacing for the underbust strip
- scraps of woven lightweight fabric for the sleeves
- Mom’s Raglan Dress FREE pattern – 1 cm seam allowances included!
Print and tape together the pattern, following the pattern layout below:
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 press… flat edges in seconds!
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 the interfacing to the black underbust strip (this will give more body and support!)
Sew sleeves front to back, wrong sides facing, using a 1/8″ seam allowance: start from the 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 the first seam, enclosing the raw edges of the first seam.
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 as I did.
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 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 the exceeding fabric on the wrong side.
Here’s how it looks after a nice steam press… isn’t it lovely?
Hem (with a rolled hem) the sleeves:
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.
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.
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).
Go on pinning all around, stretching the ribbing to fit (don’t stretch the neckline!).
Serge (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.
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 to being lazy, or not?
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…
I hope you enjoyed this Mom’s Raglan Dress… I can’t wait to see all the other participant’s creations!