Raglan shirt with statement sleeves


A shirt with statement sleeves that looks like a dress if paired with a full skirt in matching fabric.

It's a raglan sleeve manipulated to add pleats and with seam line shifted - an interesting exercise of pattern drafting!

Start from a basic block with minimum 12cm ease at bust circumference and matching sleeve.

Step 1

First trace front and back.

On front, draw the button stand 3cm wide: draw two lines parallel to center front and 1,5cm apart from it, one inwards and one outwards. This section is button stand (space for buttons and buttonholes).

Step 2

Trace also the sleeve, widen bottom to match bicep circumference, then draw the cuff 7 to 9cm wide – cuff should have 2cm button stand.

Step 3

Trace cuff separate and draw 3 evenly distributed vertical slash lines: they are needed to add few cm to upper line to shape the cuff.

Measure 3 to 4cm down from high shoulder point along back neckline and mark the point, then measure 5 to 7cm up from armpit along back armhole and mark a point. Join the two points with a straight line – this is back raglan line.

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