Fabric: Striped and Floral from Field's Fabric
Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
The Lane Raglan pattern is a win because of its simplicity and incredible ease, especially for those using a serger (though, a small zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine will do just fine). There are just eight pieces total: The bodice and arms are a 4 piece construction, plus two cuffs, a bottom band and a neck band. I had done a raglan top before, but on *quite* a smaller scale :) This top seemed giant in comparison :P Having the experience of sewing raglans for some littles before I sewed one for myself made the project go so much faster.
In terms of sizing, a lot of the tops that are shown in the shop for the Lane Raglan are really form-fitting, which is all fine and dandy, but it wasn't quite what I was envisioning for this top. I wanted to create a more athletic fit. Luckily, in all my infinite sewing foresight and wisdom (giggles!), I sized up to a medium which helped create that super-comfy, relaxed fit I like to lounge in. So notes for you: if you want a well-fitting top as shown in the shop pictures, cut out your size according to the chart. If you want it roomier like what is shown here, go up a size.
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