kid’s clothes week :: raglan sleeve tees out of almost nothing

raglan tees from old sheets

What can you make with an old crib sheet and mama’s t-shirt? Two bright blue raglan shirts! That’s what.

That’s right. I made more raglan sleeve tees for the boys.  I just can’t get enough. Plus, seriously how adorable are these two long-sleeve shirts.  I’m proud to add that I had to size up the pattern myself because C no longer fits into the 6/7T.  I’m gonna work this pattern for as long as I can.  It is, of course, the raw-edged raglan sleeve tee pattern from the book Sewing For Boys.

boys in tees-the nixon pose

I knew I wanted to use up this old crib sheet and the blue is such a fun color.  I wasn’t planning on adding any detail to the shirts, I had the fabric cut for blue shirts with blue sleeves.  Then I saw what Heidi at Handmade Frenzy did with her raglan shirt and I was inspired.  Follow that up with what Jane (from Buzzmills) did.  I knew I couldn’t get away with boring old blue shirts.

raglan detail tees

So, I cut up one of my too-small tees (how does that keep happening?) and used it to make a faux-piping, a small triangle in the front and my signature cuffs.  Pretty much I copied Heidi‘s.

Just like all my previous raglan tops, I deviated from the pattern and put the seams inside, hemmed the bottom of the shirt and move away from the ‘raw edge’ look that the pattern intends.  I’m just fussy about my seams, I guess.  I like a cleaner look and so do these guys.

raglan sleeve tees

10 Comments on kid’s clothes week :: raglan sleeve tees out of almost nothing

  1. Daniela D
    January 31, 2014 at 6:04 pm (10 months ago)

    Awesome, Melissa. Both the tees and the kids!

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    • Melissa Q.
      February 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks! I made both!

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  2. amy
    January 31, 2014 at 7:26 pm (10 months ago)

    great pics : ) and the shirts are adorable.

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    • Melissa Q.
      February 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks! They are hams.

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  3. Jane
    February 1, 2014 at 9:08 am (10 months ago)

    oh that piping and triangle are fantastic!! And good golly those funny faces…so cute! :)

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    • Melissa Q.
      February 1, 2014 at 2:31 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks for the great inspiration, Jane! They are getting sick of the photo-taking and starting to get silly.

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  4. Kathy h
    February 1, 2014 at 9:08 am (10 months ago)

    Love those shirts. Iam usually not a fan of raglan sleeves but love the look of these. I like the cleaner look too. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Melissa Q.
      February 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm (10 months ago)

      Aw man. There is something so cute about kids in raglans! It’s my thing!

      Reply
  5. ann at thevelvetaubergine
    February 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm (10 months ago)

    I love this look on your boys! (And wow, do I recognize the “sick of this photo shoot, bringing out the sillies” faces. Which, fortunately, works just as well as the plan sometimes.)

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    • Melissa Q.
      February 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm (10 months ago)

      It does work out ok sometimes! Little rascals.

      Reply

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