I am very proud to introduce my first pattern for women! It’s the Lane Raglan!
There are so many options for this shirt, depending on what fabric you use. It’s intended for jersey, sweatshirting, sweater knit, waffle knit, rib knit, and slub knit, but almost any knit will work! You can make it nicely fitted by using a knit with less stretch, like the lace covered version, or make it slouchier by using a slub knit and sizing up. It works as a pajama top, a casual top for running errands, or a cute girls’ night out top if you add a bit of sequins or lace. You could even use a nylon lycra and make yourself a rashguard! I love options.
Slice the bodice and sleeve pattern pieces and give it the colorblock treatment, or add the included pocket for another bit of detail (this shirt does not come with instant guitar playing capabilities, however. I tried.) The Lane Raglan comes in sizes XS – XL and fits like most ready to wear tops. Use the included size chart to pick the best size for you and your fabric.
The pattern includes 10 pages of fully illustrated sewing directions, as well as lots of tips and tricks for working with different types of knits. This is a great first project if you’re looking to start making knit garments. The sleeves and waist are finished with a band so you don’t have to worry about hemming. The neck binding is applied in a way that ensures even beginners will have success!
As you know, my patterns are all named after places I’ve been, and the Lane is no different. I spent many an afternoon at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium cheering on the Hokies to their inevitable victory!
I don’t talk about it very often here, but Hey June has always donated 25% of net income to charity. For the first half of 2013, your purchases helped a program called 1 Step 2 Step. Here is a short excerpt from their brochure:
1 Step 2 Step works mainly in the [orphanage] ward for children affected by severe Cerebral Palsy. The children’s basic needs are met but with over 50 children and about 8 staff, interaction and stimulation are lacking. Many spend every day lying on mats on the floor, day in, day out.
My friend Nicola works for the program and gives additional support and therapy to 6 little boys. She cares for them, plays with them, and lets them know that they are important and loved. The money you helped raise by purchasing a Hey June pattern last year helped all 6 boys go to the beach for a few days for the first time in their lives. These children rarely get the chance to leave the four walls where they live, so this was an amazing opportunity for them. A very generous soul donated the bus that drove all the boys to the beach and back, and your Hey June purchases helped feed and house them for 4 days. For that I thank you!
At the beginning of this year, we were told that one of the boys, 7 year old “Natty”, sadly passed away from complications with Cerebral Palsy. Nicola has been like a mom to him and we are all grieving with her for the loss of such a vibrant and special little boy. He will always be a part of her and will never be forgotten, but I thought it would be nice to have a fundraiser in memory of Natty here and at Hey June.
So, in lieu of a first-day discount or giveaway, I will donate 100% of the proceeds from the first day sales of the Lane Raglan and any other Hey June pattern bought during that time to 1 Step 2 Step in memory of Natty. If you have any plans to purchase a Hey June pattern, I encourage you to do it now. I will collect all the money earned starting now until 7 am Wednesday, EST and give it to Nicola to use as she sees fit. She is always in need of new resources and entertainment for these boys and will put it to good use. You can find all my patterns by clicking here.
A great big thank you from me, Nicola, and her boys!