The Explorer Raglan T-Shirt is a stylish, but easy-to-sew t-shirt that will quickly become a staple in your little one’s wardrobe.
There are 4 sleeve options – long, three quarter, short and retro rolled. You can choose from a straight hem, or low backed curved hem. There are also options for colour blocking and a snap close neckline.
An overlocker/serger will create the neatest finish but importantly, a regular sewing machine is all you need for all options. The pattern is suitable for enthusiastic beginners.
This listing is for 4 downloadable PDF files: Instructions, a print-at-home pattern, a copy shop pattern and a projector pattern.
Print the print-at-home pattern on A4/legal/letter sized paper.
Take the copy shop file to a professional printer to print onto large sheets of paper.
Use the projector file to project the pattern straight onto your fabric.
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The measurement charts for all W&W patterns can be found here.
The pattern is created in layers meaning you can print just the layers (sizes) you need.
Looking for a quick sew jogger/pants pattern to match? You need the Four Seasons Joggers!
This is an instant download PDF, not a finished item. Due to the digital nature of PDF patterns, no refund can be given if purchased in error.
Katie Griggs-Trevarthen –
I love this pattern. This is my go-to for t-shirts for the toddlemonster. The pattern is easy to follow, the Ragland sleeve means that this pattern is mostly straight lines to sew. I used the snap placket option when the baby was smaller with a huge head. This was trickier but as ever the instructions talked me through it slowly and I felt so accomplished when I did it!
I use this for pjs and day Tees too!
I tried one with the colour blocking option too which was great for making use of a smaller scrap of beautiful fabric.
I sewed this up for my average sized 2 and 3 year old. I did go by the measurements but if I was making again I’d probably size them up as its quite a fitted tee but I want my mummy mades to last a lifetime 😂 the pattern was clear and easy to follow. Marking your shoulder pieces is a must when making a raglan, again this is on the pattern so, pay attention. This is a super quick sew. The longest part was deciding to sit down and hem them!
Rachel (verified owner) –
This was my first attempt at sewing with stretch fabric. I made the basic raglan, only 5 pieces and really simple to make. It was quite fitted so I’d probably size up but looks really good on my 3 y..o. Will definitely be making a few more of these as it was so quick and easy, even the neck band was straightforward.
Sarah (verified owner) –
The explorer raglan is a great pattern and I have made heaps of them in lots of different sizes. The pattern comes together well and I find the fit true to size. I especially like the curved back hem for something a bit different.
Cheryl Lynass –
This is one of my favourite kids patterns. It is just such a gorgeous design. It fits so well and looks so trendy. Very easy sew.
Fiona (verified owner) –
Easy to follow, well written pattern with lots of options to customise can definitely see this becoming my go-to pattern for makes for the grandsons!
Ryan Hall –
My favorite raglan pattern! Super easy and fast sew, I love making these for my son and even my daughter! Instructions are clear and pattern fits true to size on my kiddos.
Cindy Hamilton –
Love this t-shirt. Made for older grandchildren and now will be making the placket option for the toddler with the large head. I too will size up slightly so they fit longer. Easy pattern and good instructions.
Abigail J Carless (verified owner) –
Quick and easy to follow. I’ve made a few of these and they have fast become a stable item in my toddlers wardrobe.
An easy pattern to sew. I’m a confident beginner in sewing and decided to make some for Christmas presents for my nephews and my daughter. I cut out all the sizes and then did batch sewing on my overlocker. They all turned out perfectly, and I had a lot of fun with choosing patterns and colours, super heroes and tie-dyed. I made them long-sleeved for sun protection.