Remy in plum
I sewed my first Sew House Seven Remy Raglan Top just after it was released in June 2020, and I’m not sure what has taken me so long to revisit this pattern as I wear my first version a lot when it’s jeans and a linen top kind of weather.
My first Remy Raglan was a scrap busting project, and this one was too! The fabric is leftover from a linen dress that I sewed Sharon to wear to the Garden party in March 2017!
I’m so pleased that this plum colour suits me now and this piece of fabric is no long in my scraps tub… win/win!
So a little more about the linen, so you understand some of the construction decisions I made. It’s a medium weight (190gsm) Japanese linen that The Cloth Shop has been stocking for years. In fact, they just received a delivery of this range in store last week (online soon)!
Due to the weight of the linen, I
- skipped the french seaming on the armholes
- overlocked the raw edges of the centre front pieces before seaming them (see photo below)
- selected a lightweight cotton bias binding to finish the neckline. The binding is left over from when I sewed my sister-in-law a dress in January 2013!
I did however french seam the side/underarms as I didn’t want the overlocking to be visible when I rolled up the sleeves. Speaking of sleeves, after my first version I lengthened the sleeve by 3.5″ (9cm) and lessened the sleeve taper to ensure I could easily fold them up twice.
My other on-the-fly change was to finish the hem with bias binding rather than a double folded hem. This probably had more to do with the fact I had a sore thumb from a hockey injury than anything else. Funnily enough, binding seemed like it would require less dexterity than a double fold on a curved hemline.
The only fit change I made was to do my usual 1cm forward shoulder adjustment. For information on how I do a forward shoulder on a raglan sleeved top, see part way through this post.
I always love it when my random button stash (mainly from the op shop) comes up with a perfectly matching button!
I’m pretty pleased with this make. It’s a great pattern, beautiful linen and style-wise it feels very me.
Pattern: Sew House Seven’s Remy Raglan Top
Fabric: Japanese linen from The Cloth Shop
Alterations: 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment, I lengthened the sleeves by 3.5″ (9cm) and reduced the sleeve taper to allow for an easy double fold.
Outfit: Jeans from Aje, beach glass earrings by Susan Ewington Jewellery, and Sophie Digard scarf from Scarlet Jones
Photo Location: Nimmons Bridge on the Ballarat – Skipton Rail Trail. The bridge was Victoria’s fourth tallest timber bridge when it was built!