Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sew U Home Stretch Raglan Sweatshirt Hack

I've had this sweatshirt pinned as inspiration forever. I really liked the crossover front and the funnel neck, and cared less for the zipped shoulder seam and the thumb holes. I decided to use the Sew U Home Stretch raglan as a base pattern to recreate a similar top.

The fabric I chose was this lovely french terry from Emma One Sock. It has a really nice drape and is very warm. The finished sweatshirt is quite heavy but not overwhelming. I think that the weight and drape work well with the style.

Raglan sweatshirt

It's been quite awhile since I've sewn this one but from what I can remember, I started with a size S and converted the seam allowances to 3/8". I lowered the neckline so that the funnel neck wouldn't be super tight, maybe 1.25", and I drafted a new neckband that is 3" tall folded over. I redrafted the front to have a curve at the bottom extending to the side seam and cut two pieces, sewing them at the neck and shoulders as one. The back hem is also curved a bit lower than the front. For construction, I hemmed the fronts and backs on my coverstitch first and then sewed the rest as a normal tee/sweatshirt. I shortened the sleeve length and kept the cuffs from the original. Obviously there's no hem band.

Sew U Home Stretch Raglan Hack

I really like the height and width of the funnel neck. It doesn't feel too tight and the fabric has enough stiffness to stand out and hold its shape like the inspiration garment. I don't think I was super successful on the curved hem. I'm thinking now that the two fronts actually need to be slightly different shapes rather than mirror images because I'm not happy with how the under layer looks when worn. I don't know that I need another sweatshirt like this but if I were to sew it a second time I'd probably play around with that detail.

I'm not going to do a separate styling post but at least you can see here how the garment looks when worn. I mostly envision myself wearing this as a weekend lounge-around-the-house sweatshirt with jeans or leggings and I think it's perfect for that. It'll definitely be a go-to when it's chilly in the house and I need an extra layer.

Sew U Home Stretch Raglan Hack

Cost Breakdown

  • Time Spent: ~3.5 hours (tracing/modifying pattern/cutting/sewing)
  • Fabric: $31.20
  • Pattern: ? (Book purchased years ago, used many times so no way to calculate price per use)
  • Notions: ~$.50

Approximate total: $31.70

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