A raglan is a type of sleeve. The
distinguishing characteristic of this type of sleeve is that it extends
in one piece fully to the collar, leaving a diagonal seam from underarm
to collarbone giving the garment a relatively undefined look.
sleeve is well liked for its comfortable fit and relatively easy
construction. Its diagonal seam line can lead into another seam or form
part of a neckline. It can be cut on the straight or bias grain, with a
one- or two-piece construction. The shoulder curve is part of the sleeve
shape, and is created by a dart, a seam, or gathers.
The curve of the dart or seam should conform to
your own shoulder and upper arm shape, with the sharpest part of the
curve neither above nor below the point of your shoulder.
A raglan sleeve is often used when making items of
clothing such as sweatshirts and other shirts made from jersey fabric.
A raglan sleeve is only one piece, instead of several pieces sewn
together and attached to the shell of the garment. This style makes
shirts easy to move around in and very comfortable. There is no shoulder
seam in a garment with this type of sleeve. Raglan sleeves are often
worn by baseball players because they provide ease of movement when
making the throwing motion. The three quarter sleeve raglan is
common and sometimes referenced as baseball shirts.
Shirts made with the raglan sleeve design tend to
be more casual. T-shirts with short or three-quarter length sleeves are
often made this way. In many cases, the sleeve is made from fabric of a
different color than the rest of the shirt, creating a sporty look.
In summary, the raglan sleeve construction
is different from that of typical shirt sleeves, because it has a seam
that goes from the underarm straight to the neckline.
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