Linen Raglan Tee Tutorial

Linen Raglan Tee Tutorial

If you are a practical woman of any age, you no doubt own countless versions of a plain white T-shirt. Here, we’d like to present you our alternative to your favorite white basic – the raglan tee! Simple design, raglan sleeves, delicate pleating at the neck and our gorgeous lightweight linen that gets softer with every wash. You’ll love it so much you’ll want one in every color!

Materials

1.5 yards of IL020 OPTIC WHITE Softened Lightweight Linen

Matching sewing thread

Tools

Scissors, pins, ruler, fabric marker, measuring tape, chalk, sewing machine

Difficulty

Beginner

Time

2-3 hours

Pattern

You can access the multi sized printable PDF pattern by following this link HERE. The model is wearing size S. All seam allowances are included in the pattern.

Please note that you’ll also need to cut one continuous strip of fabric on the bias (1.5″ wide and 26″ long) for the neckline binding. For more instructions on how to cut your fabric on the bias please follow this tutorial.

If you need help adjusting the pattern for a fuller bust, we have a great Full Bust Adjustment tutorial HERE.

Steps

Note: Prewash your fabric and tumble dry it until it is still slightly moist, dry in room temperature. Iron the fabric so it is easier to work with.

1. Pin the sleeves to the armholes right sides together matching the front and the back edges.

2. Stitch the pinned edges together, then trim the seam allowances down to 1/4″ (6 mm) and serge/zigzag the raw edges together to prevent the fabric from fraying.

3. Press the seam allowance to one side (preferably, towards the sleeves).

4. Create two small knife pleats on the front and on the back of your tank as shown below:

Place you pleats on either side of the center back and the center front. Each pleat should be no more than 3/8” (1 cm) wide when folded. Make sure your pleats are symmetrical.

5. Baste your pleats (1/4” from the raw edge) to keep them in place.

6. Bind the neckline following this step-by-step tutorial HERE.

7. Pin the sleeve at the underarm and the side seams right sides together.

8. Sew the sleeves and the sides all in one seam at a 3/8?” (1 cm) seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance down to 1/4″ (6 mm) and serge or zigzag the raw edges together. Press the seams flat folding the serged/zigzagged edges to one side.

9. Create 1”-wide cuffs following this detailed tutorial.

10. Lastly, finish the hem by folding the fabric twice to the wrong side: first 3/8″ (1 cm), then another 1″ (2,5 cm). Press and pin.

11. Working from the wrong side, topstitch the hem as close to the folded edge as possible. Press.

Give your tee one last good press and you are all done!

Perfectly simple, but stylish and versatile, this tee can be made in a variety of linen fabrics. Have a browse through our plethora of colours and find the one that inspires you for this cute little project! 

 

31 comments

  1. Xarophti

    I don’t see any instructions anywhere for laying out the pattern on the fabric with the exception of grainline arrows. If it needs to be laid out lengthwise on fold, 1.5 yards does not seem to be enough. Are the front & back pieces supposed to be laid out horizontally?


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Hello and thank you for your comment! What is the width of the fabric that you are using? Is it one of our linens? Our patterns are designed for 56″-58″ wide fabric and 1.5 yard of fabric in this width should be more than enough to make this tee.

      1. Xarophti

        I am using a 58″ wide fabric. I fortunately cut & washed extra, and when I laid it out on the fold (lengthwise) the layout with the sleeve piece took 69″. I thought I was going to be short of fabric, but it definitely takes more than 1.5 yards IF the body pieces layout lengthwise (I’m not sure since it’s not specified. Grainline can be either direction in a straight weave, right?). I am making the size 22.

  2. Catina

    Oh my.. if you are not seeing the layering feature and the 2″ square isn’t printing accurately, your PDF file might not be opening in Adobe Reader. Is it possible that your PDF is being opened in a browser/preview window or other third-party application?

  3. Desirejadeh

    This is lovely. Thank you. Do you happen to had any pictures of the top alone though? The fashion shots are great but it’s hard to know if to make something without fully seeing the finished item. How is the hem? Is it lower at the back? Is there a side slit? Where does the actual top end, at hips?

    I love y’all’s patterns though. I made the patchwork kimono as instructed everything came out great and fit together as told it would. It ended up way too big for me, swallowed me whole. I’ll have to give it as a gift. But that’s just the one size curse. I want to try something else. I’m a bit wary about if to use size 4 as I generally am or size 2 because I know you guys run large. I hate doing mock ups. By the time I do that I’ve no energy to make the actual item 🙂

  4. Xarophti

    This is the shirt I was looking for. I thought it had been published once before, but I couldn’t find it. I’m hoping I’ll be able to tackle this as my first “blog project,” but I haven’t worked with your online patterns before (especially expanding them up to my size!) I think this shirt should work with some of my stockpile of the slightly heavier IL019 as well.


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Hello and thank you for your comment. This particular tee is available in sizes 4-22 as a printable pdf file. So no need to expend anything, it is already graded for you 🙂

      1. Xarophti

        Oh, great, thanks! Guess I’m remembering back when you used to give instructions for increasing the sizes. I’ve been too busy making reenacting clothes to notice the change! Now I want to make nice stuff for ME.


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Roxanna, you’ll need a normal printer as the file is formatted for paper sizes A4 and Letter. Print only the first page to check the scale and if it is good – you can print the rest. Once you have opened the PDF pattern, the sizes are listed in the “Layers” panel in Adobe Reader. Should you need more help – please contact our customer service directly at ask@fabrics-store.com

      1. Xarophti

        Do the .pdf layers not show with free Adobe Reader? I can find no layers icon, only view attachments. Of course, I can always treat this like any other multi-size pattern. But my “2 inch accuracy square” is coming up almost 1/8″ too small, I can’t figure out any remedy (except maybe re-copying every page with 1% enlargement or something) or just cut it a little bigger by eye.

        1. xarophti

          Ok, I did find I could “Print to custom scale” in Adobe, and printing at 101% fixed my slight size accuracy problem. No layers, but other than that, I’m good to go.

          1. Catina

            Oh my.. if you are not seeing the layering feature and the 2″ square isn’t printing accurately, your PDF file might not be opening in Adobe Reader. Is it possible that your PDF is being opened in a browser/preview window or other third-party application?

  5. Alexandra

    Hello! Can you post the final bust sizes of the blouse so that we can choose the correct pattern size?

  6. Chris Hanner

    For anyone doing a FBA (full bust adjustment) don’t forget to temporarily tape the sleeve pattern (with center marked) along the front pattern piece at the raglan line to enable you to correctly measure from that center marked shoulder “line” down to your apex.

  7. Sali Olson

    Has anyone out there tried lengthening the sleeves, work prefers 3/4 length (and so do I for that matter!)

  8. Lynette

    Hello, do you have the bust sizes for the different pattern sizes? I want to make this blouse now!!!!:grin::grin: It is quite lovely.

    Lynette


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Lynette, there’s no such info in the pattern but you should know that this tee is pretty loose and has an a-line silhouette. So as long as you go with your normal size, you should be good.

  9. Lynette

    Hello, do you have the bust sizes for the different pattern sizes? I want to make this blouse now!!!!:grin::grin: It is quite lovely.


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Sara, click on the link in the pattern section, it will take you to the page where you can download a multi-sized pdf. When you open it, you’ll see the instructions to follow in order to locate the attachments to all the sizes. Basically, this pdf consists of several files: instructions/main page + attachments for each size. Hope this helps!


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Hi Lee! This is actually a pair of drawstring shorts and yes, it’ll be on the blog soon!

  10. Evelyn

    I must have missed something. I cannot seem to find the measurement for your seam allowance. You say cut it down to 1/4 inch but what size was it to begin with?


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Evelyn, our usual seam allowance is 3/8″ for all seams except for the hem. The gets 1″.

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