For this month’s GoToPatterns (affiliate link) Brand Ambassador post I decided to mix things up and sew a children’s pattern – See Kate Sew’s Recess Raglan. This is a unisex pattern that ranges in size from 18 months to 8 years and has a variety of sleeve options (short, 3/4, long, and an optional button tab). Since winter is right around the corner, I chose to sew up a long sleeved version in a size 7. I have been hording the remnants of this great skull-and-crossbones glow-in-the-dark print for ages and I thought this shirt was the perfect excuse to use it. The downside to the fabric? Even though this material is a knit, it has very limited stretch. So, I opted to use the skull fabric in the front only and used the black and white stripe contrast (which has plenty of stretch) for the back piece.
Sewing the Recess Raglan was quick (even with matching stripes!) and easy. The instructions were clear and there were plenty of photos included to help you through each step. This pattern is rated “advanced beginner” and I would definitely agree with that – this pattern will definitely produce great results no matter what your skill level!
As for the fit: it’s spot on! Even though I lost a bit of ease by using a less stretchy material for the front, the shirt isn’t snug and is comfortable to wear. I also like the finished length of this shirt – it hits Easton about mid hip (which seems to be the length of most RTW tees in his size) so it’s no too long for a boy, but at the same time, when he lifts his arms you never see an exposed belly! The sleeves are also a perfect fit – he’s not tugging on them to pull them up and they aren’t too short either.
Overall, the Recess Raglan is a winner in my book. It’s a fast sew (so you can easily make one in a day), it’s easy to stitch, and had a great fit. Best of all, Easton LOVES this shirt. So, you can definitely count on seeing more of these in the coming months.
By the way, we tried photographing him wearing this in the dark to show you how the material glows but they just came out a blurry mess (or didn’t show up on the camera at all). I can assure you that the end result is very cool – now I wish I could find more knits like this!