A raglan sweatshirt is perfect for those up and coming cool weather days but can be worn layered on top of a short sleeve t-shirt which makes it perfect for those “cool in the morning, warm in the afternoon” days that are right around the corner. And all things numbers and letters go hand-in-hand with Kindergarten so I designed this Spoonflower fabric to create a “by the numbers” raglan.
Does your Kindergarten-er love to be stylish yet comfortable? You can use this free pattern to make one for your Kindergartner:
Download the free (Size 6) print out, tape and cut. Then use the pattern to cut each pattern piece. Once your pieces are cut you’re ready to sew. Place the front and back pieces, right sides together, and sew the side the side seams.
Fold each sleeve, right sides together and sew the side seam using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Turn each piece, right side out and double check where the back and front of each sleeve is. Mark the front and back of each sleeve piece with a water soluble marker.
Turn the bodice wrong side out and the sleeve right side out, align the seams arm and pin in place. Sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, back stitching at the beginning and end of the seam. Repeat for the other sleeve. Press the seam to the back. Turn right side out and topstitch the seam.
Fold your cuffs in half, right sides together and sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Fold so that the right sides are facing out and the raw edges are touching.
With right sides facing, slip the cuff over the sleeve, pin in place making sure to align the side seams and sew. I prefer sewing a smaller opening, like sleeves, on the inside. Press the seam down and topstitch.
Place the hem band pieces, right sides together and sew each side seam with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then, like the arm band, fold the right side over and match the raw edges to form a tube.
Slip the hem band over the shirt bodice (make sure the side seams are aligned), matching the raw edges, pin, and sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Turn the hem band up, press, and topstitch.
Finally, follow the same procedure; match short ends, right sides together and sew, turn tube right side out, slide over the neck opening, pin in place and sew the neck band onto the shirt, stretching slightly and using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn the neck band up, press, and topstitch.
This guy loved the first one so much he asked for a few more to round out his wardrobe. I couldn’t pass up embellishing this one for my little Kinder-monster. Whether you’re sewing with a fun, kid friendly print, color blocking, or embellishing, this raglan sweatshirt is great for spicing up the Kindergarten wardrobe.