Fabric Type: Cotton Spandex Gray & Olive
I love this pattern! If you are like me and trying to sew for a teenage boy, you have all but exhausted sewing with the Big 4 patterns...a long time ago. Once your son hits about 14, it's pretty much on to men's patterns, hoping they won't be too big. Problem solved with Jalie's Nico which comes in 27 sizes! You can sew for the tiniest of tots all the way up to a men's XXL.
Sewing the Nico comes together quite fast and easily. What slowed me down was deciding what type of hem and thread color choice I wanted. I have a new Brother CV 3550 which does the top cover stitch you see used on the shirt hem; I love using a two-color thread combo here. I also like how it gives it a hint of color to match the sleeve.
The first raglan I sewed for my son, a gray/blue combination, I tried using the top cover stitch around the neckline which ended up looking too thread heavy if that makes since. It's always a struggle for me combining different color fabrics in a raglan and being happy with one thread color choice over another. It is either going to blend or contrast. I think I finally hit on a good balance this time!
I could have sewn up a size smaller, but I like there to be a little room for growth with the assurance he can wear it for a while.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley