Altered Raglan Sleeve Tee

A year ago I made an altered raglan sleeve tee by taking the sleeve and adapting it to a more full version.  I was really happy with how this worked out so it was time to revisit it.

My latest version is made in partnership with  As a brand ambassador, Minerva gifted me this piece in return for a blog post.  The fabric I have used is a lovely cotton elastane jersey with a cream background and this lovely teal design.  It is lovely quality and I had such a difficult time deciding what to make from it because I really wanted to do the fabric justice.  I had initially planned on making a dress but have recently been made redundant from my job and given I have no idea what my future employment will look like, I decided I wanted to make a top that could be worn for both casual or more dressed up as required.

Because I have made this raglan version before, this was a pretty quick make.  As pattern hacks go this was pretty easy.  I simply traced off the regular raglan sleeve and squared down from the underarm to give the lower sleeve more fullness.  I then divided the entire centre sleeve vertically in 3cm strips which I slashed and spread a further 3cm.   I wanted to add an elastic casing at the neckline of my sleeve so added a further 2.5cm to account for my neckband and then 1.5cm more so I could create the casing.  I also added a further 3cm to the hem to create an elastic cased hem. 

The fabric was lovely to work with and even my coverstitch machine performed like a charm.  

I really love the finished top so much so that it was a favourite on my recent trip to Queenstown and Kaikoura.


  1. I am having problems picturing the changes you describe but I really like the end result. Would you mind making a sketch(es) to make it a little more clear?

    1. There is a link in the post above that will take you to the previous version I made and the pictures are there.


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