Draw It Sew It: Chiffon Raglan Tee


This week the summer colors won out. Again, it seemed to be split almost down the middle. It was a tough decision, though. I couldn’t decide which one I was rooting for.


So I made both. I didn’t initially intend on making both, it just happened that way. Just as I was cutting fabric, I realized that I didn’t have enough pink fabric to make the top. BUMMER!!


I had some left over orange fabric from my circle dress so I was able to cut out a back piece from it. Good thing there’s both orange and pink in the chiffon fabric! It was a pretty easy fix.


Do I feel a little shame for how this shirt inspiration came about? Yes. I’ll tell you why. I’ve wanted to make a raglan tee for a long time. I think they’d be easier to sew than regular tee shirts (no inset sleeves, and I’m right on this point). I just have been either too lazy or too cheap to buy a pattern.

At church a few weeks ago, my neighbor was wearing a very cute raglan tee with chiffon shoulders. I loved how it looked on her; a bit slouchy but perfect for sunday dress. After I complimented her on how awesome she looked, she offered to let me borrow the shirt so I could copy the pattern. And copy I did. It’s an American Eagle shirt that I straight up duped. I know, I know. Y’all can judge me. At least I’m not selling them. You can just buy them straight from the source.


There are a few details that AE didn’t do on theirs – they didn’t use a floral print and they didn’t do my favorite curved hem. I love how curved hems hit my hips.


Unfortunately, both the pink and orange fabrics are pretty stiff, creating more of a boxy look for this top. Since I have a straight figure, I just don’t think it flatters that much. I might try to take in the sides at some point, but I thought I would leave it as is for comparison sake.

Outfit Details:

  • necklace: Forever 21
  • top: handmade
  • bracelet: Wet Seal (eeons ago)
  • jeans: TJ Maxx
  • shoes: H&M


Because I made both. I used the same pattern here (although I did lengthen the sleeves just a bit on this one), just different fabric. This jersey has great drape.


I’m still undecided as to which one I like better. I think this one is a little more versatile and goes better with my coloring than the other one. I’m more of a fall personality anyway.


Make yourself a similar top! Raglan PatternDrapey JerseyPrint Chiffon

Outfit Details:

  • cement earrings: c/o Ardor
  • top: handmade
  • bracelet: wet seal (eeyons ago)
  • pants: Target
  • shoes: thrifted (from Sarah)

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    1. Heidi says:

      Oh. My. Gosh. I am ridiculously excited about that link you posted to a raglan tee pattern. I have been searching and searching for great patterns in plus sizes, and this site is beyond my wildest hopes!! And it’s a Canadian company to boot. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

    2. Heidi says:

      Also, I really like both your tops a lot!

    3. phil says:

      chic pink / orange , casual grey … very nice tops !!

    4. Kristin H says:

      Loove the drape of the grey jersey – so flattering! I am more of a spring color gal (seriously, my wardrobe looks like a bunch of Easter eggs), but I am loving that reddish floral. The orange & pink is lovely, too, but I agree, it’s not as flattering. Could be cute with a peplum bottom…

    5. Kristin H says:

      PS Those grey polka dot pants are boss! ;)

    6. Tricia Jones says:

      I love the drape on the jersey top as well, and you are right about your coloring. That plum/aubergine looks great on you.

    7. Emily says:

      I like both! I don’t think the pink/orange is that boxy but maybe best with something fitted on the bottom (like you picked).

    8. Heidi says:

      I like the different colored back with the pink and orange, I have really been liking the look of contrasting front and back. You’re right though, the grey shirt is a much more flattering drape. I like the slightly longer sleeve as well.
      I swear I’m not complaining (I feel like I point this stuff out a lot) I swear I’m just trying to help :) I can’t even see the bottom photo now. When I clicked through to the individual post I could see it but it didn’t look right–two small photos on opposite corners–and no way to vote again. Maybe it’s just my computer???

    9. Shelby says:

      Looks like a happy accident to me! The two toned shirt turned out really fun and unique. I feel ya on the colors, though, it’s not something that’s typically in my wardrobe either, but it’s good to have more than just dark colors (for me anyway, I am in major need of some brighter/lighter tones in my wardrobe).

    10. Julie says:

      Both tops are beautiful. Very inspirational, I can’t wait to have a go at a version myself, I think I have just the fabric.

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