I’m late to the party, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited! In fact, I am very obsessed with this pattern, the new Ragdoll Raglan by P4P. It checks off all of my boxes for a shirt:
- Relaxed fit
- Long hem
- Cuff sleeves
- Dolman silhouette (not a must have but I prefer it)
- Fun detail (also not needed but why not?!)
I made three, but there’s something this camo version that I particularly love. The distressed jacquard knit (which I used for SOS pants too), has the perfect drape and “vintagey” look, especially paired with the cream sweater knit. Did I mention the open back option?!
It gives the shirt the perfect boutique-ish feel, which I love. It’s also not too low or gaping, so it’s easy to wear with a bralette (cropped Cross My Heart Cami shown here) or a regular cami. Despite its appearance, it’s actually not difficult to sew or really all that time consuming. I’d say its worth the extra effort if you’re looking to spice up your regular shirt wardrobe.
So for the camo one, I made the curved tunic hem, long sleeves with cuffs, and open back options.
About the shirt construction in general, you may notice that though this is technically a raglan, the sleeves definitely have the signature dolman “batwing”, which I particularly love. Something about this cut is just very comfortable for me, probably because I don’t always like the feeling of a seam anywhere near my armpit. I’m weird like that.
I coudn’t help myself and make this version with my other distressed jacquard knit leftover from SOS pants (which I haven’t blogged yet – whoops). It’s a little thicker so the drape is different, but I still really like it. I paired with with some sweater knit to really accent the raglan sleeves. That’s the big benefit of raglans, it’s more fun to mix fabrics like this!
For this option, I made the tunic length banded hem, long sleeves with cuffs, and full back options here.
You’ll also notice that this pattern is has quite the substantial amount of ease pretty much all throughout. The sleeves are fitted, but the bodice and neckline are loose. I personally really prefer this, but if you don’t, you may want to take in the sides a bit when you’re finished sewing. Just be aware that it does fit definitely more on the loose side. Fabric choice will greatly affect this too. The jacquards are a tighter weave so they hold their shape pretty well.
This fleece-backed sweater knit version is a much stretchier fabric, so the neckline appears wider. However, its also bulkier (read: cozier) than the jaquard, so it seems a bit more fitted. Trust me, I used the same exact pattern pieces for both!
I made the tunic length banded hem, long cuffed sleeves, full back options for this one.
I cannot get over how much I love this version. The sweater knit is sooooo warm and fuzzy, I just want to wear it every day. Sadly, that’s not socially acceptable, so I must make more ASAP. I’m stalking Sincerely Rylee for more colors along these lines!
Can I also say I am so glad I can make my own clothes? I often forget about the common fit issues and generally bothersome things I put up with ready to wear clothes for years. Of course the biggest thing is too-short-sleeves, being tall…but I had no idea that I also carry some height in my shoulders, which leads to tightness across my upper back and other fun stuff. I also have some mild sensory issues and don’t like the feeling of a sleeve hem on my wrist. #cuffallthethings 🙂 I certainly don’t take well-fitting garments for granted these days!
Have I sold you on the Ragdoll Raglan yet?! It’s absolutely one of my new favorite shirt patterns, see bulleted list above if you need to be reminded why. BRB while I go off to make more…