Sewing instructions for men’s raglan jacket:
- description of the content of the sewing instructions,
- cuttingout the pattern,
- sewing a curved back,
- sewing and attaching sleeves,
- sewing wristbands or cuffs, collar and zip,
- lining the hem.
Cutting out the pattern
Once you decided what type of jacket you want to make (the alternatives are presented on the first page of the sewing instructions) it is time to cut the fabric.
You need two fabric pieces of the front piece of the pattern. The easiest way to do this is to place the pattern on a folded fabric. If you have chosen to have a curved back (cut x 2) you will do the same. To the edges of the front and back pattern pieces you must add seam allowance. We recommend that you do not use less than 1 cm.
If you have chosen to make a jacket with a straight back you will cut this pattern piece on the fold of the fabric.
Front piece and straight back piece laid out on fabric will look like this.
NOTE that all edges have seam allowance – except, of course, the side cut on the fold.
The sleeve to the men’s raglan jacket (cut x 2) is laid out like this on folded, double fabric. NOTE that the left side (against front of jacket) of the sleeve pattern are slightly different than the right side.
If you have chosen to make a jacket with a wristband you will cut the pattern after this marking. Remember to add seam allowance, 1 cm to all edges including the edge against the wristband. If you are going to make sleeve cuffs without a rib knit wristband you must cut the pattern after this marking. Remember to add 1 cm seam allowance to the edges and 2,5-3 cm to the hems of the sleeves.
You can chose to have a collar in the same material as the jacket and also to use the same jacket fabric for the facing. In this case you will cut these pieces too. The collar is cut on the fold and the facing is cut x 2. Again, remember 1 cm seam allowance.
Wristband and collar in rib knit fabric also have 1 cm seam allowance. If you prefer to have different fabric for the lining around the hemline of the jacket you will cut the facings of this fabric instead of same fabric as rest of jacket.
I am 73 years of age and for the first time in my life I am trying to help my wife with sewing. What you are giving us makes it so easy that I will do my own sewing shortly. Thank you
Thank you! Sewing might not be the easiest thing to do but neither is it as hard as you might think before trying. Best of luck to you both.