Now, I've made probably a bazillion raglan t-shirts in my sewing career. I've sewn with knits for years, and the raglan t-shirt pattern from Kwik Sew (my back-up go-to pattern company) was a staple of mine. There's something really satisfying in making up one of these t-shirts; they're so quick, and I've never had one rejected by any of my kids for not being comfortable/stylish or any other reason.
Well, one of my co-workers went on a six-week visit to her home in India. Lucky woman. I really don't even know how you return to work after being gone 6 weeks. She brought me back a lovely bag:
My original idea was much more ornate, but when I put the trim on the sweatshirt, I knew simple would be better. I used some wonderful cottony sweatshirt fleece. I bought it at least 19 years ago from a shop in Toronto. I used to go there all the time, and bought many, many meters of his wonderful fleece. I still have about 3 yards of a light blue left, but this little bit of the off-white is the last of this. I really feel like I'll never find fleece as nice as this ever again.
I added a hood to the size 6 t-shirt. I knew I had to go up a couple of sizes to accommodate the heavier fabric. I also made a bit of a high/low hem to make it a bit more girly. I used a hood from a Kwik Sew pattern I had for my older kids and the size 6 hood fit EXACTLY in the neck for the raglan. Yes, meant to be! I lined the hood with some random cotton print I had, and I think it works.
The sweatshirt is perfect for a gray morning on the beach. I walked along the beach with Julia this morning, and based on her request, I may add a kangaroo pocket to the front. I believe I can squeeze one out of the remnants.
I'm really, really happy with the way this turned out!