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River Sewalong // how to insert a raglan sleeve in the round

raglan sleeve in the round on the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Hey everyone! This method I’m about to show you for attaching the raglan sleeve to your River top or dress is a little bonus tutorial. In the pattern instructions, we insert the raglan sleeves flat, and you can see that post here. But while that method may be a little easier, you may also find that it leaves a bit too much bulk at the underarm. So this method of inserting in the round may help with that. It’s really not that much harder than the flat method, so take a look at both methods, and see what you like best!

raglan sleeve in the round on the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

With this method you’re going to start out by first sewing your side seams. Place the v neck pattern piece and round neck pattern piece together with right sides together. Pin at the side seams and sew 5/8” from the edge.

Finish your raw edges with your preferred method- I used a serger, but you can also use pinking shears, zig zag stitch, etc. Press your seams to one side.

raglan sleeve in the round on the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Now fold each sleeve in half lengthwise and pin along the underarm seam. Sew 5/8” from the edge and finish the raw edge with your preferred method. Press to one side.

raglan sleeve in the round on the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

To insert your sleeves, have your bodice inside out, and your sleeves right side out, like pictured above.

raglan sleeve in the round on the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryraglan sleeve in the round on the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Place your sleeves inside the bodice, lining up the u-shape. Make sure your have the correct sleeves on the correct side, so that the single notches line up on the v-neck side and the double notches line up on the round neck side. Also make sure the sleeve seam and side seam lines up well.

Pin in place.

raglan sleeve in the round on the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryraglan sleeve in the round on the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Sew 5/8” from the edge. Finish the raw edge wither preferred method.

raglan sleeve in the round on the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

And thats it. See – that wasn’t hard at all!

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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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Brittany Resch
Brittany Resch
4 years ago

Where is this beautiful floral fabric from and what is the type of fabric?!