The Raglan Tee Shirt is a classic wardrobe staple. But it's more than just baseball tees - the raglan tee can be a sophisticated base for unique details like shirring and fun details like color blocking. It's also the perfect tee for active sports like running, skiing, cycling and kayaking / paddle boarding.
The raglan tee shirt can be the workhorse of your wardrobe with some creative options:
Sew the sleeves, body and collar band from coordinating fabrics - stripes, prints, solids
Sew the raglan tee from PolarWool, a wicking Merino wool fabric, for a winter base layer
Sew the raglan tee from wicking knit fabrics for a running or cycling top. If you add a long rectangle to the back, with an elastic casing on the top edge, you can form the three open pocket cycling jersey style pockets on the back. Catch the pocket in the side seams and bottom hem for ease of sewing. Sew the top edge with soft elastic, making the elastic 1" shorter than the width of the tee.
Sew the raglan tee with the shirred inset and collar band OR the turtleneck band for a distinctive look
Sew the raglan tee with sheer, crochet or mesh sleeves for a cool workout top or an elegant evening tee
In our video below, we explore a lower-neck raglan tee - just cut the neckline edges 1" lower on both sleeve and front and back neckline sections, and make a wider neckband. Use a neckband 80% of the length of your neck opening.
Renee wears a rash guard/ swim tee made from Travel Trio Three's Raglan Tee. Using swim or sun protective nylon/lycra or poly/lycra swim fabric, you can create a comfortable and protective tee to wear in the sun!