Raglan Patch Fall Tunic: A Pattern Hack

Every now and then I see a picture in one of the Facebook sewing groups and think, “Yep. I need to make that.” Well, this happened recently when my sewing bestie Lizzy posted a charcoal polka dot top with raglan patch sleeves. It was a “pin-spired” make for her, and it was fabulous!

So off I went searching for polka dot french terry for fall when along came Raspberry Creek Fabrics (not an affiliate link but I am just a huge fan!) and their amazing burgundy dots on a heather grey.

Top it off with some coordinating plaid from their fall fabrics, and I had my Lizzy-inspired top. I can’t take any of the credit for the top since I hit her up a few times on how best to create the raglan accents. But, man, I love how it turned out.

The base pattern is the Patterns for Pirates Women’s Henley (affiliate link) in a tunic length. I used banded sleeves and a banded hem for a sweatshirt style look. The Henley is fitted through the bust but a little more forgiving through the waist and hips.

The raglan sleeve patches at the shoulder were traced from the Patterns for Pirates Slim Fit Raglan (affiliate link). I decided to turn under the edges and hem with a double needle to finish off the side seams of the raglan pieces.

This french terry is so great to work with, and I can’t wait to see how much softer it gets as I wash it a few more times.

And here I go again with a tunic length top. I am all about the coverage!

This is paired with my favorite fall ready to wear slim pants from Lauren Conrad and some new ankle boots I snagged at Belk recently.

Overall, I love the simple contrast at the shoulder seams against the small dot fabric.

The best part about the top is that it coordinates with the Yo Ho Henley’s that I made my boys this weekend.

Who said Mommy and Me style was just for girls??

So a huge shout out to Lizzy for inspiring my new fall look! I’m off to hit up Raspberry Creek Fabrics again to see what other boy friendly coordinating fabric is in stock!

Until next time…sewing and sipping,


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