The pattern today is a simple design – a puffed raglan sleeve top. I believe it will be yet another beginner friendly project.
Let’s look at the 3D simulation of the garment in different prints and colors:
As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, so you will find yourself a suitable size. You can also lengthen or shorten the hemline to get your desired length. Please always check your size in the SIZE GUIDE before printing.
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.
You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
You will need
- Fabric of your choice
- A button for the keyhole at the back
- Some 1/3 inch elastic
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
What fabric can be used for this project? This design is meant for woven fabric. Opt for thin, soft flowing fabric for a romantic feel or a thicker brocade fabric for impressive voluminous sleeves.
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
Fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front: cut 1 piece on the fold
- Back: cut 2 pieces
- Sleeve: cut 2 pieces
- Neckline binding: cut 1 piece on bias if using non-stretch fabric, on cross grain if using stretch fabric
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling.
2. Fold and sew the two bust darts on the Front piece.
3. Place 2 Back pieces right side facing. Sew to join from the hemline to the notch at the back, reverse a few stitches to secure.
4. Fold the remaining unsewn edges of the center back and stay stitch to keep them in place.
5. Place one Sleeve piece and Front piece right side facing, matching the notches (there are 2 notches on the front armhole part). Pin and sew to join. Repeat with the other Sleeve piece.
6. Use the same method to join the Sleeve and the Back pieces. You get one main garment piece.
7. Align the side seam of the sleeve and the bodice, matching the seam line at the underarm, pin and sew to finish the side seam of the main garment. Repeat with the other side.
8. Fold the hem of the sleeve. Sew the hem, leaving a 2 inch opening to insert elastic (the length of elastic should equal your bicep circumference for a comfortable fit). Secure two ends of the elastic and sew to close the hem. Do the same with the other sleeve.
9. Use bias binding to finish the neckline of the garment.
10. Hem the garment.
That’s it! In just a few steps you are able to finish a puffed sleeve top. So easy huh?
And here is the download link:
Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns