Elephants on Parade (McCalls 6992)

Wow.  It’s been a while.  Life has been flying by recently.  Between work (crazy busy), the boys (super entertaining, terrible sleepers) and adding working out into my schedule (tough, but will be worth it when/if I saw start seeing results…), I have had little time to sew.  But I have managed to complete a few projects, so I need to get caught up on the posting.

Today’s project is one of those rare pieces in which everything went exactly as it should and the fit was great straight out of the envelope.  I’ve seen a number of gorgeous raglan tops on sewing blogs lately, and I love the look.  Simple, yet easily dressed up with the right embellishments.  In particular, I’ve seen many gorgeous Hey June Lane Raglans.  I can’t wait to check out that pattern (I have the pattern, but pdf patterns take too much of my precious sewing time right now!).

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While I didn’t want to tackle piecing together a pdf pattern right now, I still wanted to make a raglan top.  So, McCalls 6992 fit the bill perfectly.

I had this navy on grey elephant fabric from another Girl Charlee knit fix (I swear I do have fabric from other places, too…  I’m just on a roll with the Girl Charlee fabrics!).  It’s a cotton jersey blend, with an excellent drape.  It’s so soft and comfortable.

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I paired it with a Donna Karan Navy Cotton Jersey from Mood Fabrics for the sleeves and bindings.  I had ordered this fabric a few months ago and it matched very well with the elephants.

I made a straight size 14 and I love the fit (I like raglans to fit a little looser).  The only thing odd about this pattern was the order of construction – the pattern has you set in the sleeves in the round (after you’ve stitched up the sides of the shirt and after you’ve sewn the sleeves together).  I ignored that instruction as I’ve always set in sleeves flat on a raglan (prior to stitching up the sides of the top).  Once I saw that order of construction, I ignored all of the instructions and proceeded as I would with any raglan top.

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This will be perfect as the weather gets cooler (eventually, I’m sure the rainy days will return, though it sure hasn’t felt like it lately!)!

I have a bunch of ideas for more raglans to make, including some with lace.  This pattern seems like it will be so adaptable – can’t wait to make more as we get closer to fall.