Lane Raglan & Essential Leggings by Stitchwerx Designs

Today we have a review of the Stitchwerx Designs new Lane Raglan and Essential Leggings, versatile unisex patterns with a great size range that should be a staple in every child's wardrobe. Don't let Becca's adorable baby jammies (below) fool you into thinking these are just for bedtime-- the options on these knit patterns make them perfect for everyday wear too! Stitchwerx has a special pattern bundle deal available this week only (Dec 16-22) where you can purchase both patterns for only $10! Find the listing HERE.  Kim is also is offering a giveaway at the end of this post, thank you!

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 Nothing screams "wear your PJs all day!" like an ice storm brewing outside. Which is mighty convenient, because once cold weather hits, my family tends to do that anyway!


On this particular lazy Sunday, my daughter is romping around in Cindy Lou Who PJs, and my son is sporting one of his (four) pj sets I've made during my week-long Pj-palooza. 

Oh look, there he is now!

Oh look, there he is now!

What pattern set sews up SO fast that a full-time momma of two can whip up FOUR pajamas in a week's worth of nap times?? I'm glad you asked...

Stitchwerx Design's Lane Raglan

Stitchwerx Design's Lane Raglan

Stitchwerx Design's Essential Leggings

Stitchwerx Design's Essential Leggings

Let's get to the review, shall we??

I have ONE word for these patterns: thorough. No, that doesn't do it justice. Let's call them EXCEPTIONALLY thorough. 

These weren't my first knit patterns, or even my second, but man would they have been a great place to start! The designer covers everything one might possibly need to know about the knit sewing world. Right down to a full page of recommended online shops for knit purchases and THREE pages of tips and techniques! 

Like this little gem - the "Faux Coverstitch" - no serger required!

Like this little gem - the "Faux Coverstitch" - no serger required!

The thorough-ness didn't end there. The assembly was a breeze, with each step in the tutorial complete with clear and descriptive images. 

The fit is pretty much spot-on. I did the size 9m for my growing 8 month old, so it is a smidge roomy, but I know one little fella who would still tell you it's mighty comfortable:

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Let's not forget the OPTIONS! This piece can be customized in so many ways! Sleeves have different lengths and hem or cuff options, and the shirt can be finished with a simple hem or a fun accent band across the bottom. The Leggings are the same way! I, myself, happen to love the look of cuffs:

...and baby toes. I LOVE baby toes.

...and baby toes. I LOVE baby toes.

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Beyond PJs, both the raglan and the leggings are fabulous staples for wardrobes of infants - 10 years. On top of which - they're unisex! Big sis has her Stitchwerz staples on my cutting board next. (One can NEVER have too many ruffle leggings, after all!) 

The raglan, khakis, and a model pout make for a great daytime look, too!

The raglan, khakis, and a model pout make for a great daytime look, too!

Now, I always approach my reviews with the understanding that all patterns have room for improvement. But this well written, full-of-instructional-photos, exceptionally thorough pattern appears to have been perfected already! My sincerest compliments to the designer. This is the full package, and a great addition to any sewist's pattern collection.

For your enjoyment, I'll leave you with the blooper reel! 

For your enjoyment, I'll leave you with the blooper reel! 


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Becca DuVal is a lifestyle photographer based outside of Richmond, Virginia. She juggles life with two kids, two rescue dogs, and her super-fine husband. She's a hard-core DIY-er who loves sewing, crafting, and tackling home decor projects far outside her skill level. 

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Hi Everyone!  I'm reviewing the Essential Leggings and the Lane Raglan Tee and Tunic by Stitchwerx Designs.  Although I like to sew all different types of things for my girls, the knit clothes are always a big hit in my house.  I originally planned on making the cuffed version but my daughter broke her arm so I went with the basic leggings and tunic top and I like how they turned out.  More importantly....She really likes her new outfit and had to point out that it matches her cast.


  The leggings are designed to be snug fitting and you can make them plain, with a ruffle or two, or with a cuff.  The raglan top can be made as a shirt or tunic and has 3 sleeve length options. You can also add cuffs to the sleeves, side splits on the tunic, and an edge band to the shirt. I liked looking at the tester photos to see all the different looks.  I made the size 6 leggings and tunic with no adjustments and the fit is great.    


Here are some of the things included in these patterns:

*table of contents to help you easily find things
*sizing, cutting, and yardage charts
*stretch guide to help determine fabric suitability
*supply list
*list of online shops of where to buy fabrics
*cutting instructions
*clear instructions accompanied by color photos
*assembly grid and  numbered pattern pieces for leggings sizes 0-3 months to size 10 and raglan top pieces for sizes 9 months to size 10
*pages of tips and information about sewing with knits
*photo examples of how the different stitches look after they are sewn



I almost forgot to mention that pattern pieces for pockets are included.  I'm not sure why she's pushing down so much in the picture above.  Thank goodness, the fabric I used has good stretch recovery.  After I assembled all my pattern pieces and cut out the fabric, I sewed the tunic and leggings up in about an hour and half.  I even added the suggested decorative topstitching.  It's a nice detail and I really need to do that more often. 


The length measurement is provided for the neck binding but you will need to measure your neckline to determine the width to cut.  Mine went together without problems but I know some prefer to have the measurements included.  Of course, it would be nice to have a matching doll pattern to go with this too. (wink, wink!)

It really is a well written and quick sew pattern.  I know I will try out some of the other options.