Anyone who follows my sewing instagram account knows that I love a quick sew! Those projects that only take a few hours from cutting to having a finished garment to wear are so satisfying. Quick sews doesn’t mean messy sewing though so it’s important to know which projects are possible in a short amount of time and which aren’t. (I learnt this the hard way in my early sewing life when I would try to sew quickly and end up with messy results!)
For my BSP post this month I chose the Rivage Raglan pattern. I have never sewn a raglan pattern before (shock and horror, everyone seems to be sewing them!) which is why I thought I would give the Rivage a go! I have to say I’m sold of the raglan look, plus it’s really easy to sew the sleeves in as they are sewn in flat, so no fiddly sleeves to set in. Win win!
I found this lovely fleece backed black jersey in a remnant bin but unfortunately didn’t have enough to make the whole top out of it. So I went hunting in through the remnants and found enough of this stripe to make the body! I felt pretty lucky at this point having not only found a fleece backed fabric but also perfectly coordinating stripes. 🙂
Sizing wise, I cut according to my body measurements and it came out fitting pretty perfectly. If I wanted a more oversized look I would size one or even 2 sizes up (I’m envisioning a woolly oversized Rivage). The instructions as always for BSP were excellent and I managed to sew this entirely on my overlocker. I left the hem and sleeve bands unhemmed as the fabric doesn’t unravel. I turned the sleeves back a few times after sewing to create faux cuffs (and had already lengthened the sleeves significantly as I do love extra long sleeves!).