Hey y’all – welcome to the second annual Sewing for Men month on the blog! Whether you’re a man who sews or you sew for a man, I hope to have something for you this month. And today I’ve got a raglan t shirt pattern to share.
I love sewing t-shirts – and that’s a good thing, since t-shirts are pretty much all that the Coach will wear unless we’re headed to a formal event. Like, say, a football banquet, ha!
Raglans are a great way to add some interest to the plain t shirt, and they’re perfect for a daddy day at the park.
This pattern is a size medium, which fits chest sizes up to about 38″ with some ease, and up to 40-41″ for men who like fitted t-shirts. If you need to make the pattern bigger or smaller, check out this post. One other option – if you have a t-shirt pattern you like, see this post about how to change a regular t-shirt pattern to a raglan t shirt pattern.
To make your own, you’ll need:
- About 1 yard of 60″ wide knit fabric for the shirt
- 1/2 yard contrast fabric for the sleeves
- 1/8 yard of rib knit for the neckband
- A sewing machine that will do a zig-zag stitch. Note: You DON’T need a serger to do this. I sewed t-shirts for years using my 1950s Singer 503 and a zig-zag stitch. Now that I have a serger I prefer it, but again, you don’t have to have one.
Option 1: Download for free.
To download the pattern for free, subscribe to the Melly Sews Weekly Newsletter. AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!
(PS – if you have trouble finding the pattern as a subscriber, check this post)
Please note that all my free patterns are licensed for personal use only (no selling items made from this without a limited production license) and by downloading you are agreeing to this license.
Option 2: Purchase this one size pattern for $2.
Use this link or the button above to purchase a pattern file. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that includes the instructions in this tutorial and the pattern pieces. You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop. See info above for pattern sizing, there is only one size.
After cutting your pieces, line up the front sleeve edges with the shirt front and stitch right sides together, using a stretch stitch. Need help with sewing knits? See this post.
Line the back sleeve edges up the same way as you did for the front. Once these seams are stitched the shirt will look like this picture below.
Fold the shirt right sides together, matching the side seams and the sleeves. Stitch, all in one seam as shown above.
Fold the neckband in half, right sides together, matching the short edges to form a loop. Stitch. Then fold in half again, wrong sides together, to form the neckband. Pin the doubled neckband to the right side out shirt at the center front and center back. Stitch the neckband on the shirt as shown below, stitching through all 3 layers and stretching the neckband just enough to match it to the shirt but not stretching the shirt.
Fold the sleeve and bottom edges 1/2″ to the wrong side to form a hem and stitch, using a stretch stitch. You’re done!
Now take that shirt to the park and get your arm workout in pushing kids on the swings.