Use this simple pattern adjustment method to add some extra width to a raglan sleeve.
A good fit across the shoulders makes all the difference to the comfort of a garment. If you find that tops tend to feel tight across the shoulders and upper back, or if you notice draglines pulling in from the raglan seam, then give this adjustment a try.
Here, we demonstrate using the Pixie Duffle Coat, but the adjustment can be used for any raglan top.
Gather some basic materials to adjust the pattern pieces:
- Front/Back Exterior and Front/Back Lining pattern pieces
- Measuring tape
- Scrap paper
Begin by measuring your back to determine the size of shoulder adjustment to make.
Measure across the top of your back from the crease where the top of your arm joins your back, from one side to the other. This is easiest if you get someone to help you measure.
Work out the shoulder to shoulder difference between your body measurement and the size chart measurement. The size chart shoulder measurement can be found in the pattern tutorial.
- Your body shoulder measurement = 45cm
- Size chart shoulder measurement = 40cm
- Difference = 5cm
Since the pattern piece you will be working with is half the width of the back, divide the difference in half. In our example, this would be 2.5cm. This will be your pattern adjustment amount.
Adjust pattern pieces
1. Mark two lines on Front Exterior and Back Exterior pattern pieces as follows:
- One line between dart and underarm, at a right angle to the grainline (horizontal dotted line in illustration below). If you are making the men's (straight fit), or child version use the lengthen/shorten line as a reference rather than the dart.
- One line from halfway between the neck and first notch on raglan seam, extending down to meet the first line at a 90 degree angle, parallel to grainline (vertical dotted line in illustration below).
Cut up to but not through the side seam allowance, leaving a bit of paper intact to create a pivot point.