Carol's jersey raglan tee!
I just knew this would BEE terrific!
When I saw these two complimentary fabrics on Sammy’s website, I knew I just had to have them in my life!
Then I spent a little time thinking in what way I could show them off to their best advantage.
I knew I wanted to use both colour ways and rather than colour block I decided to make a raglan with contrast sleeves!
I have owned the “Patterns for pirates” slim fit raglan for a few years. In fact, it was the first pattern I ever made in jersey. So, I knew it would make up beautifully in the bee’s fabric.
I pre-washed at 30 ° C as usual and line dried. The fabric washed and pressed beautifully.
I pressed it on the cottons setting and my iron at this temperature did not adversely affect the bee print on the face side.
Now, I think that’s testimony to the quality of the fabric, as with so many surface printed fabrics you have to avoid ironing the pattern like the plague (I’ve melted a few)
The first thing I did before making my first cut was to mark on my pattern piece where I didn’t want a bee to be! No Boob-bees allowed!
You can see here where I’ve marked the position on my front pattern piece!
Then as I wanted to try to line up the sleeve with the front and back, I drew in the diagonals.
These I used to mark where the first sleeve would meet, then I laid the first cut sleeve over the fabric to cut the second.
As mentioned on the website the print doesn’t go all the way to the selvedge but the fabric is lovely and wide so that was no problem at all.
I decided to give my raglan cuffs and used the wrong side of the fabric for those as I thought the plain cuffs would add a simple touch.
I really love my new raglan, its super soft and warm without being thick or bulky. I think it will get lots of wear as we commence the autumn and then under a cardi in the winter it will be a super layering piece.
If I had not chosen to make my raglan, I think the fabric would have made a super toaster or Linden top. Or even a Blackwood or Kinder cardigan, what will you make?
I hope you like all the garden pictures I thought the bees should be photographed in their natural habitat!
Till next time keep chatting and stitching!
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