Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Love Notions – Rockford Raglan Review

I’ve been really struggling lately to find autumn clothes that fit, and so decided it was time to try and make myself some new tops instead of sewing for Ember all the time.  I’ve always loved the look of raglan tees, and being a fan of Love Notions Patterns, I thought I’d give their Rockford Raglan a try.  Because I need tops for maternity wear, I decided to make a size bigger than I usually would to accommodate the bump.  I also opted to make the tunic length flowy version of the pattern over the more boxy standard style I would usually make.  My review of the Love Notions Rockford Raglan is below.

What I Loved

  • The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.  A photo guide is included for each step.
  • Layers are available for the PDF file so you only need to print your size.
  • The PDF file is trimless so it doesn’t take long to stick it together/cut the pattern out.
  • There are four different styles.  Views A and B are fitted at the bust and then flowy through the waist and hips (A is a standard shirt and B is a tunic).  View C is another tunic but has an asymmetrical bottom.  And, View D is the more standard raglan style with a boxy fit and cuffs.
  • There are pattern pieces for both a standard bust and a full bust.
  • There are three different sleeve lengths – short, 3/4 and long.
  • There’s no need to use ribbing for the neckband, so no need to worry about finding a matching colour.
  • You can also add the Laundry Day Tee Cowl to the pattern!
  • Clear instructions are provided on how to shorten or lengthen the garment.
  • It’s ideal for beginners, and those new to sewing with knits.
  • It’s available in a good range of sizes – XS – 5X.
  • Comes with a print at home, A0 and projector pattern.

What Wasn’t So Great

  • Nothing – I love everything about this pattern.

Pattern Tips

  • I don’t suggest doing what I did for maternity use.  Going up a size left me with a top that’s way too big, even with the bump (I pulled it in at the back for the photo for this review).  I think if I make another one of these, I’ll make my standard size and just extend it a couple of inches.

Final Verdict

I really like the Love Notions patterns, and although this one didn’t fit as well as their patterns normally do, it’s my fault for attempting a maternity hack that they don’t recommend.  I’m definitely going to make another one of these in my normal size as I really do like the look of it when tighter at the back.

The Love Notions Rockford Raglan requires a medium weight stretch fabric with at least 40% stretch.  I used cotton lycra, but you can also use modal, french terry, rayon, and sweater knits.   The PDF pattern can be purchased from the Love Notions website for $12.  It is available in sizes XS to 5X.

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