No, that's not the tunic. That was one of my muslins.
And here's another one.
with the sleeves pushed up for washing dishes, giving baths to children, scrubbing the deck etc.
I made er... four of them, to refine the raglan sleeve block/sloper.
I figured that while refining, I might as well make actual shirts I would wear, right? Plus they were so quick to sew.
And it was fun coordinating colors -and use up the stash -while still keeping everything utterly plain.
I've always loved raglan sleeves. Actually, I've always loved this particular kind of basebally raglan sleeve shirt- I have so many of them already, and I still want more. Raglan sleeves cover a multitude of flaws, shoulder-wise. Almost anyone can wear raglan sleeves without feeling their shoulders are bulgy or bony or weird or hunched or whatever. And since that diagonal raglan line is a dart, you can manipulate it to get a nice armscye/bust fit: move it up or down, slant it more or less, curve it, add piping, whatever. Unlike the classic set-in sleeves, however, raglan sleeves are less exact to draft and have to be tweaked in the fitting stage. In addition, different knits (as I'd used) behave slightly differently even with the same pattern.
Now don't let this mass-production of Tshirts mislead you- I am not about to abandon store-bought clothes for homemade Tshirts. Remember my motto -"If I can buy them, I'm not sewing them because I'd much rather have the time to play with the kids"? This mass-production is just how I draft stuff and refine the blocks and patterns through muslins - I wanted to encourage you all that sometimes, it takes more than one muslin, and sometimes (like when you plan ahead) the muslins are actually wearable.
But what to do with a raglan sleeve block? Especially one tweaked for knits? This particular cut doesn't hang particularly well as a cotton dress, unless it's peasant-style with elastic and shirring and ease everywhere, which isn't really a look I can carry off. It does make a great cut for a coat or jacket, but I'm not ready to spare the time to sew that for myself right now.
Then I saw this white sweatshirt fabric I'd bought to make a new pair of pants for Emily, lying on the floor (for shame) along with all my other newly-purchased fabric. Adopted it for myself by rationalizing that children who play on playground equipment in school shouldn't be wearing white anyway. Became nervous, thinking about the coming winter and frostbite and hypothermia and all the other lovely consequences of dressing inadequately in these parts, and made a tunic.
See the seams at the elbows? Didn't have enough fabric to cut the raglan sleeves (they're huge!) out in full, so had to do some joining.
Here it is actually worn:
I'd always done three-quarter sleeves on my tunics, but with winter coming, I made these full-length. They are also slightly flared from the elbow because it was less boring than straight sleeves or bell sleeves.
The neckline is just faced, with that lace trim sandwiched between the facing and the outer fabric. No buttons or elastic or zippers or anything. It just pulls over the head.
So this is my sweatshirt that doesn't quite look like a sweatshirt! Oh how I love knits. But now I must plough through those alterations I said I would do on those Unfitting Clothes. Why did I say I would do them? Why didn't I just write them off as hopeless? Do you know what I did to ensure I wouldn't chicken out? Unpicked all the sleeves, that's what. So I couldn't cheat and drive out to Goodwill with them. And just when I'd thought of something else to make that has raglan sleeves - nightshirts! Which I need and can't buy. Help.