|Pattern Description: |
Burda say: "Boy’s raglan shirt sewing pattern available for download. Available in various sizes."
Heights (in cm) 134-158. This is really the largest child's sizing Burda prints, but my nephew is right on the cusp of this, so I graded up the largest size to be a 164 instead.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it looks like the drawing and the photo, except for the hem, which I changed (see below).
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't actually look at them - I've made a zillion teeshirts and this one is very standard - only three pattern pieces (front, back, and sleeves) plus a rectangle for the neckband, so it's very straightforward (and quick!) to sew.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The sizing!! Burda hardly ever produces patterns for older kids, and when they do, it's nearly always for girls. This is a fantastic basic pattern for older boys, and something casual he'll actually wear.
The great thing about this pattern is that it could also be worn by girls, too.
I used some big scraps from my stash - a black ribbed jersey I think I bought at Goldhawk Road ages ago, previously seen in my punk words day dress in 2009(!). For the sleeves I used some great striped jersey (which has little strands of lurex in the silver sections) that I'd previously made into pyjama trousers for my husband.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The only change I made was to fold out the curved hem due to fabric shortage - so the hem here is straight across rather than nicely curved.
I made sure the stripes were all aligned as I sewed the sleeve seams, so they look good the whole way round! I also had enough fabric to make the stripes the same on both arms, so the stripes are the same at the wrists, shoulders, etc.
I was a bit lazy though, and skipped stabilising the collar with vilene bias tape, so it wobbled and stretched out a bit as I sewed the collar on. Oops. I think also shortening the collar by a cm or two would also help with this.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would recommend this and I'll totally be sewing it again - it's a great, quick basic for older kids AND uses up awkward fabric renmants - something that's as rare as gold these days!
I can't post about this on FehrTrade.com yet until I give it to my nephew in a few weeks, but I wanted to post about it now while it's fresh in my mind. I'll update this review with more photos of him wearing it once I have them.