Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mommy and Me Raglan SAL, Day 1

Welcome to the Mommy and Me Raglan Sew Along hosted by Simply by Ti!

To follow along with the sew along, post your pictures, and win prizes, please join us in the Simply by Ti facebook group.

In the facebook group, you will find coupon codes for Simply by Ti fabric and for the Riviera Raglan (women's) and the Streamline Tee (kids) from New Horizons. However, you  may use any fabric or raglan patterns that you wish! Simply sew two raglans, one for you and another for your child.

The schedule:
Day 1 - Cut out fabric
Day 2 - Sew sleeves and side seams
Day 3 - Finish neckline
Day 4 - Hemming
Days 5, 6, 7 - Catch up, post photos in the group for a chance to win!

Today is Day 1!

Today is simple, it's time to print your pattern, and cut out your fabric. Although simple, I will admit this is my least favorite part of sewing. Sometimes this takes me just as long as the actual sewing for a garment, but it must be done. The good news is, we are cutting out two shirts today, one for you and one for your child. I always feel better when I cut out multiple items at once, it's like getting more dirty work out of the way at once.

If you need any help printing and/or assembling your pattern, please ask in the Facebook group. Most patterns will have good instructions on how to print. Make sure you check your 1" (or whatever size is included in your specific pattern) square to make sure you printed at the correct scale!

As for the cutting, I do have just a few tips for you that I will share in this blog post. However, if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the group!

First tip for cutting out your raglans: make sure that when you cut out your sleeve, you are cutting two mirror images. This way you have a right and a left sleeve. This is an easy mistake to make if you are new to cutting out patterns, if you are in a hurry or if you aren't paying attention while cutting. Forgetting to cut out mirror images happens to even experienced sewists too, I promise! Let's just say I have been known to daydream while I'm cutting out fabric.

My second tip is: when you cut out your pattern, you will want to make sure that you clearly mark front and back on the sleeve and main fabric. I will demonstrate in pictures.

The Riviera Raglan includes notches, make sure you cut those out!

Notch on the front shirt piece along the armscye: (is it still called an armscye on a raglan? I don't know)

And the whole front piece, with the notches cut out:

The back shirt piece has double notches:

And here is the sleeve with the single notch on the front side of the sleeve and the double notches on the back side of the sleeves. Actually, I have both sleeves here, just stacked, it's just how I cut them out to get mirror image sleeves:

As you can see, the back and front curve of the sleeve are a little different and you will appreciate the notches when it is time to sew on your sleeves.

As for the Streamline Tee, the front and back of the sleeve was marked on the pattern piece, but notches weren't included. I could have easily made my own notches, but I felt a little lazy, so I marked them a different way. Whichever you choose to do it, is fine, just make sure you mark your pattern pieces in some way!

Here is my lazy way of doing it. This is on the Streamline Tee. I simply cut a little snip on the front curve of the sleeve on the front shirt:

And I cut a snip on each of the sleeves along the curve for the front:

I didn't mark the back, just the front, as I would know it was the back if there were no snips. Tsk, tsk, told you I chose the laziest way.

Keep in mind, you want your snips to be obvious, but you don't want to cut too far and past the seam allowance.

Once you are done cutting out your fabric, please post your photo for the day in the Facebook group. I look forward to seeing what fabrics everyone choose! Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions! I am very excited for this sew along and I hope you will join us!

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