Off-the-Shoulder Lane Raglan

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I’m soo excited to share my Off-the-Shoulder Lane Raglan! After sewing my first Lane, I knew I would sew another and another, and then I saw this picture in a VS magazine and inspiration struck! I wanted to make my next Hey June Lane Raglan into an off-the-shoulder style like this one:

This pattern is a fun, quick sew and when I did decide to actually sew it up, I became impatient and wanted to have it ready in time to pack for our New Year’s ski trip …which is what I was attempting to do at that moment. I hate packing and it didn’t take much to tempt me away from the suitcase and into the sewing room.  So I stopped all of the packing and immediately starting cutting out the fabric. I challenged myself for speed- to see exactly how fast I could sew this top!

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From the cutting to the final finishing moment, I think it took me about 3 hours. A record for me! I did not finish the inside seams because I just didn’t have time, but it’s a sweatshirt knit that won’t fray and this is a casual top and no one will see the insides anyway!

What took the longest was getting the shoulder curve right.  The way I did this was to first pin the shirt together, slip it on, and then draw a line with my Frixion pen on the front, guesstimating where I wanted the curve to be. Then I had my husband draw a matching curve on the back. (Very technical method, I know!) Just to clarify, I cut the fabric out with no changes to the actual pattern so I could visually see where I wanted the curve with the shirt on. Once I had my line I used my rotary cutter to cut the fabric on the line. The only other changes were to make the neck binding longer to make up for the wider neck line and lengthen the top by about four inches. After wearing the top a couple of times, I feel like it is a little too long for me, I’m 5’2″, and I think it would look better on my frame if I had added only two inches. What do you think?  Too long?

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I still love the way it turned out, and even if it is a tad too long, I still wear it because it is super comfy! This cotton candy pink sweatshirt fabric came from Fabric.com and was great to sew with. It is very forgiving and doesn’t stretch at all when you are working with it. This was my first time sewing with sweatshirt knit and I really look forward to using it again!

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This top is a great basic to have in your closet and perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon! It’s also a great pattern for a beginner!

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So who’s ready to sew their own Lane Raglan??? Go download the pattern, get yourself some sweatshirt knit and hop to it!

Until next time… Regan

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