The trend of raglan sleeves makes me so excited. I love the look and found a way to turn the Cara Maternity Tee into a raglan so now I can sport a trendy raglan style shirt and show off my bump! Want to make your own? Let’s get started!
- Cara Maternity Tee pattern
- Pattern paper (I use freezer paper)
- Compass, unless your ruler has angles
Step 1: Trace original pattern
Make an exact copy of the Cara pattern on your pattern paper. Copy the front, back, and sleeve pieces. I have made several of these ruched maternity shirts for myself and found that my best fit is a small top, medium middle and XL length. So, I’m starting with that as my base pattern. If you don’t have a base pattern for the Cara, simply use your pre-pregnancy size.
Be sure to copy over any markings from the original pattern piece as well (as shown above).
Step 2: Create the body pieces
Staring with the either the front or back, use a ruler or compass to make a marking 45 degrees from the bottom of the armscye towards the neckline of the shirt.
Using that mark, make a 45 degree line on your pattern. Cut across that line and you now have your new back piece. Repeat this step with your front pattern piece as well.
Note the difference between the original style shirt and the raglan style shirt.
Step 3: Create the sleeve piece
The sleeve piece is a bit more difficult, but I’ll walk you through step by step, so I know you can do it. Since you already have the front and back pieces done, you’ll be able to use those to help create the sleeve pattern piece. First, trace the sleeve pattern piece onto your pattern paper. I knew I was only going to need short sleeve, so I just made a short sleeve pattern piece.
Next, line up the front pattern piece to the corner of the sleeve piece. These should match up at approximately a 45 degree angle (see picture below). Measure the 45 degree angle from the base of the sleeve and make a mark where the front pattern piece ends.
Use that mark to create a straight line for the front of the sleeve piece. Be sure to label this “front” as the back part of the pattern piece will be slightly different.
Follow the same steps for the back piece. Line up the back pattern piece with the edge of the sleeve piece at a 45 degree angle and make a mark at the end of the back pattern piece.
Complete this line using your ruler and you should have the front and back sections of your sleeve piece (see below).
Now, you can connect these two lines together. If you only have a straight ruler, use that to make a straight line. Otherwise, you can use a curve ruler (or freehand) to make a better line for your neckline.
Step 4: Sew your pattern
Now that you have all the pattern pieces (minus the neckline binding), you can sew it all up. Follow the directions on the Cara tee for ruching the sides and then sew the sleeves onto the front and back pieces, right sides together. Then sew the side seams together just like the original pattern. Once you have your shirt sewn together, you can measure the finished neckline to create your neckline pattern piece. Measure the back and front curves and add them together, then multiply by .8. My Cara raglan measured 10″ in the back and 17″ in the front. To calculate my length for my neckline piece, I did the following: (10″ + 17″) x .8 = 21.6″ If the fabric you’re using for the neckline is ribbing or really stretchy, you might want to round down a bit.
Step 5: Try it on
Enjoy your new raglan style maternity shirt!
This shirt is my now favorite. I love that I was able to use up scraps of the camouflage that I had left and a beautiful bright green that makes me feel really pretty. If you’re following me over on Instagram you’ll know I wear this one often. Hope this tutorial inspires you to make your own raglan shirt!