Itch to Stitch Patterns has released their first raglan pattern today, the Visby Henley & Top. This henley is perfect for winter! I love the crew neck and partial 2-piece placket. It also has cuffed long sleeves. It works as a top and is form-fitting enough to be a good layering piece. It has an optional hood, and can be made without the hood or placket.
I sewed view A, with the neckband and placket. This was my very first placket and I was pretty nervous about it.
I have to say…the placket was the the easy part! Kennis’s method of construction makes the process more foolproof. I did end up trimming off the interfacing in the seam allowances of the placket to reduce the bulk. This made for a less stiff placket and I think it looks pretty professional.
I love the fit of this raglan! Some of the raglan patterns I’ve purchased are rather big in the back and the arms are too big. Next time I sew this pattern, I’ll shorten the sleeves again, just slightly. Other than that, I think it’s good to go.
The pattern calls for buttons/buttonholes but I opted for snaps. (My sewing machine decided not to sew buttonholes that day. Seriously, so annoying!) I guess it was time for me to learn how to install snaps, too. There was a bit of a learning curve. I had to carefully remove the top snap when I mis-set it but I was able to remove the snap without damaging my placket. I used a marking tool whose marks unfortunately disappeared into the dark fabric. So, my snaps are a wee bit crooked. Next time I will use a tracing wheel and carbon paper to mark my snap placement. I forgot I had that!
You’ll definitely want to snag the Visby pattern at the release price. Maybe you can order it and whip one up tonight to wear while you’re snuggling up to your Valentine by the fire!