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Obsessed with Baseball Tees

2014 March 7
by elizabeth_admin

Yep, that’s me.  I’m obsessed with baseball tees.  I’m seeing them everywhere.  In sewing blogland, in my little town.  I had to have one.  I may have to have at least three.  Could this new trend replace my batwing top obsession of last year?  So obsessed am I that I stopped by my local Yardage town and bought some new knits to make up some more baseball tees.

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Isn’t that top graphic print so cool?  I love it.  I also bought that purple print below it and some plain black t-shirt knit for the sleeves on both.  Did I mention that I bought these knits while sporting a white and turquoise baseball tee freshly made this morning?

No?  How remiss of me.  If you will recall, I made a sz adult small in the snake print the other day that was a wadder due to inappropriate fabric choices.  This time, I made sure to choose appropriate fabric.  No condom fabric for me!  After making the “inappropriate” tee, I knew that I wanted to change the neckline shape to a scoop neck.  The problem though, was how to do that on a raglan pattern.  As you know or maybe not, the raglan sleeve is also part of the body of the shirt, so you need to alter the front pattern piece and the sleeve pattern piece.  One thing I didn’t know at the outset was that I would need to snug up the front of the t-shirt before I changed the neckline, so that the resulting neckline would not gape.  Once again, Sherril came to my rescue.  She was the one who gave me that hot tip.  So I removed 1/4 inch total from the raglan sleeve pattern and the front bodice pattern (1/8 inch each) before I carved out my scoop.

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The curved ruler in the photo outlines the scooped neckline I cut out of the original pattern.  I could have gone lower/wider, but this was tasteful and is comfortable to wear.

I think I could tweak the fit a bit more in the front sleeve to bodice join as well as the torso, but I am quite pleased with my new top.  I’m all set now to watch Jack play baseball this season.  😉

On this version, I coverstitched the sleeve hems as well as securing the serged neck binding seam.  I cut the curved hem on the torso, but just serge finished the raw edges for a proper baseball effect.

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And here’s how the finished top looks on me.

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In other news, the little boy who lives with is going to be asking a jolly man for his two front teeth this winter.  Exactly how long does it take those teeth to grow in anyhow?

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Happy sewing everyone.  If all goes well tomorrow, I may have another top (or two!) to show you.  Crossing fingers!

8 Responses leave one →
  1. March 7, 2014

    I like your top. You and your little boy match without being matchy-matchy.

  2. March 7, 2014

    Great professional-looking finish on that top! I predict the new teeth within the year.

  3. March 7, 2014

    really nice! and I like seeing you in bright colors 🙂

  4. Amanda permalink
    March 7, 2014

    The teeth will take a while. I think my 7 yr old has taken almost 6 mo to get one of them in all the way. Crazy. His lower teeth were in almost all the way before his teeth fell out. We’ve been cutting carrot sticks extra slim these last few months;-)

    The shirt looks great.

  5. March 7, 2014

    i love that graffiti fabric! So awesome.
    I’m a big fan of raglans, as well- they just feel easier to fit sometimes. Have you seen the Belcarra blouse pattern that’s coming out soon from Sewaholic?

  6. Judi permalink
    March 7, 2014

    I hope the tooth fairy was good to Jack!

    The tee’s are cute and look nice on you. I have several tee patterns, but all I wanted was an ordinary one with a round neck, raglan sleeves and oh yes…”unfitted and baggy”. OMG, as soon as I started to read your post from Tuesday I realized I already have what I want. Basically the same as your pattern, but it’s McCall’s 5282. Unisex PJ’s, round neck, raglan sleeves and unfitted. I even made PJ’s out of it for a Christmas present last year, but I never once thought of using that pattern for a tee!!! It’s so easy and the possibilities are endless! Thank you for making my day…or week!!!

  7. Miriam in KS permalink
    March 7, 2014

    I love the new top and the new fabrics!

    When my now 23 year old son lost his two top front teeth at age 6 (courtesy of falling into a friend’s 16 year old sister’s knees during some outdoor chase game), he came up to me, tears still on his face and one tooth not quite out and said, “Look Mom! My garage door is up!” Then, every so often as the teeth were coming in, he would show me his grin and say, “Look Mom! My garage door is coming down!”

    Sooooo, every time I see a smile like Jack’s, I think of my son’s “garage door”.

  8. March 8, 2014

    I didn’t even realize raglan tops were such a trend until you mentioned it on blog. You’re right though. And why not? They are comfortable, flattering and make for nice colour blocking.

    And I like yours. I think the changed neckline makes it look more feminine.

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