Raglan Sleeve Colorblock Tee

My son loves this raglan sleeve colorblock t-shirt that I sew using Hanes T-shirts that I bought at Walmart.


Colorblock Shirt as Worn by Jason on Pretty Little Liars
Colorblock Shirt as Worn by Jason on Pretty Little Liars


My inspiration for this colorblock shirt came from the this henley button t-shirt with a pocket that Jason wore in one of the episodes of Pretty Little Liars.



I drafted the pattern using one of my son’s t-shirts, but I’m not happy with the neckline. for the next one I would use Simplicity 1605. The pattern also include child sizes and I can use it for my younger son.  It is also good to have because I can use it to sew pajamas.


The t-shirt placket was new for me, but it was very easy to make. I followed the instructions in the Melly Sews’ tutorial Henley T-Shirt Placket which was very helpful and it is also helpful to make plackets in woven fabrics.



Simplicity 1605 Boys' & Men's Loungewear
Simplicity 1605 Boys’ & Men’s Loungewear



There is a free pdf raglan shirt pattern for kids (18mt – 6T) available at Nap Time Creations.

Melly Sews also have a free pdf pattern for a V-Neck Raglan Sleeve (women small).

Fabric & Supplies

  • For the fabric I used Hanes T-shirts that I bought at Walmart for under $5 in black, gray, and white. (I also bought Hanes T-shirts in yellow and blue to sew a pajama for my youngest son and I paid only $2 for each shirt).  I bought the largest size I found (3XL or 4XL)
  • black shirt buttons


Sewing Tip: I cut the shirt to use the original hem for the sleeves and for the body of the shirt. Topstiching with a double needle makes a very nice and professional finishing.

This color-block tee can be using multiple combinations, long sleeves or short sleeves.  Here are some ideas:



I love this shirt in blue, dark gray, and light gray.


reglan_sleeve_colorblock_shirtAnother great combination in red, navy blue, and beige.

colorblock_henley_tshirtNot exactly reglan sleeves, but I like this combination in navy, gray, and wine colors.




Sweater knit fabric can also be used to make a very nice color block sweatshirt





My son has this beige and black sweater in his bucket list.


The best part is that these shirts/ sweatshirts is that they are very easy to make and can be sewn in under 1 hour.


Happy Sewing,

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