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Sewing for Boys Sew Along – Raglan Tee

I have finally finished the January pattern for the Sewing for Boys Sew Along – the Raglan Tee. A while back, I was pondering what to make, and it occured to me that I had an old t-shirt that I wanted to repurpose. Only when I went to look for that t-shirt in my closet I couldn’t find it. But I did find this instead.

This shirt belonged to my dad. I stole it from him many, many years ago, because I love it. I actually wore it occasionally in college. It is a Hang Ten shirt and it is probably thirty years old, but I so love the brown yellow and blue stripes.

A while back,  there was some sort of mysterious laundry mishap that my husband still can’t explain, and this happened.

The Hang Ten feet melted somehow. Boo hoo! I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away, so it has been hanging in my closet for years. Until now, when I turned it into this:

The Raw Edged Raglan Tee from Sewing for Boys.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a three year old to be still while you try to photograph his shirt?

As part of the Sew Along, you have to make each pattern your own. So here are the changes that I made. First, I repurposed an old t-shirt (hello, Captain Obvious here) – but in doing that, I decided to save the hem of the old shirt for the new one. The pattern is a raw edged tee, and doesn’t have a hem, but since it was already there, I figured why not use it. I also decided to reuse the neckline ribbing from the old tee. I love how this turned out – the contrast between the dark and light brown.

In addition, I had this to contend with.

A tear, in the middle of the old t-shirt,  that made it impossible to cut around. I decided to do some “T-Shirt Triage” – explained in the book – and put the tear in the front of the raglan tee and use an applique to cover it.

Feet, of course! An homage to the Hang Ten logo. Made out of brown felt.

I had a blast making this. I can’t wait to see what next month’s pattern is.

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