Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MARIE-CLAUDE - Because One Raglan is Not Enough

As most of you know, our 3245 raglan top is very popular and you probably have it in your pattern stash already. Over the last years, many people have been asking how to raise the neckline over the years. It's not impossible to do... but it's not a fun alteration so we decided to rake care of it :)

It was 100% clear that we would not to create an "add-on" package or do a copy/paste of the previous pattern. We started from scratch and kept one word in mind: versatility!


The Pattern

The new MARIE-CLAUDE (dear francophiles, you can listen to the pronounciation here) includes, a draping turtleneck, a hood (with an optional hole for the ponytail), a regular neck band. You have the choice between a regular cuff or a fun cuff with thumbholes.

This top is great for lounging, running, as a thermal layer. It is a top that you feel comfortable in, no matter what you are doing :) The curved hem provides a little more coverage without "cutting your silhouette in half".

It is less fitted than our Valerie Rashguard pattern. It skims the body without clinging. There is some ease in the sleeve, without having fabric bunching under the arm (which is often the case in loser-fitting raglan tops).

Hacks and Inspiration

For last year holidays, I lengthened the top and turned it into a lovely polka dot raglan dress. I used a oh-so-soft hacci knit and wore it over tights. Sorry... I forgot to take photos :/ 

I would love to try turning it into a sleeveless or cold-shoulder top this summer! I can't wait to see what people share in the Gallery!

Here is a Pinterest Board with ideas for fabric, color and styling:

Who is Marie-Claude?

Henri changed school two years ago and this past Christmas, he told be he would love to see his physical education teacher from his old school because he missed her too much.

I managed to get in touch with her and she surprised him at his tennis class. He was delighted to spend an hour with her to chit chat and I was very grateful that she took the time to come see him. A generous and kind gesture that we will both remember forever!

Miss Marie-Claude is a wonderful teacher who always goes the extra mile to make her students happy and enjoy sports as much as she does. This pattern is my way to thank her for making a difference in Henri's life :)

After our long chat filled with fun memories of the two years Henri spent with her, I thought her name would be the perfect pick for a versatile pattern for women who love to move. From running top to thermal underwear for skiing on Quebec hills, this pattern has got you covered!