Basic Rivage Raglan
Today I’m sharing how I use the Rivage Raglan (aff) pattern as a basic in my everyday casual wardrobe. I wear jeans almost everyday unless I’m exercising or sleeping. Casual comfortable clothes are my everyday ‘bread and butter’. And I love raglans because they are easy to sew and I don’t fixate on my shoulders when I wear them. If I didn’t live in Florida, I’d be making all the cozy sweaters with this pattern. The relaxed fit just screams sweaters! But it wouldn’t get much wear since we only get 1-2 months of ‘cold’ weather a year. Not gonna lie, I have a bit of fall envy for those of you who get 4 seasons.
Luckily, the Rivage Raglan‘s relaxed fit is also great for warm weather! It is loose so I don’t spend any brain power on my midsection. Plus I can get occasional breezes! I chose to hem the sleeves instead of band them to allow the air to cool me off better. Even though the top is loose, it doesn’t require fabric with a ton of drape. Awesome! In my experience, fabrics with great drape also require special attention when washing them. I rarely even iron let alone hand wash/line dry…
Both of my fabrics in this shirt are cotton Lycra, which is my favorite knit to sew with. It’s easy to sew, comes in lots of colors and prints (like this simple triangle print), wears and washes well! Cute, comfy, and low maintenance! It’s a triple win!
Because my bust is smaller than that the pattern is drafted for, I made a rather large small bust adjustment to the front bodice piece. I followed the SBA instructions in the pattern and feel pretty good about how it turned out. I added about 3 inches of length to my front bodice piece to compensate for the length lost during the SBA. But then I cut off 1.5 inches from the entire shirt length because I’m 5’4” and my torso is proportionately short. While I like long shirts, this felt a bit too long for me straight out of the pattern. However, if leggings are your thing the Rivage Raglan‘s high low hem will give you great booty coverage without feeling like you are wearing a dress. (Although that’s an option included in the pattern!)
Most of my shirts have simple silhouettes so they are great for showing off prints. I’m generally pretty basic in my fashion choices so fabric prints are where I add most of the fun my clothes. But now I’m really digging the classic baseball tee look so I think my next Rivage Raglan is going to have to be all solids. I’ll be reaching for this pattern again and again in the years to come!
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