It's that time of year again, when baseball fans get excited because spring training is under way and a new season is about to begin. Oh boy! Part of the fun of going to baseball games (aside from the hot dogs, peanuts, and ice cold beverages of course) is rooting for your home team. And clearly, rooting for your home team involves wearing the right outfit. Clearly.
If you're a baseball fan (or hang out with one that plies you with icy cold beverages to get you to watch the game) you know that team shirts are usually big, boxy and not flattering on us gals. (There are girl versions that come in pink and fit like a baby doll tee from the nineties. No thanks, we'll make our own!)
Step 1: Cut from the team
Step 2: Fitting in
Place pins down the side seams, about 1/2 inch on the outside edges of the sample shirt (for seam allowance). Stop pinning at the armpits and make sure you mark that point (marked in the photo below using a blue pin, though you can also use chalk to mark this spot). Next, mark the point on the shoulder seam where the sample shirt's sleeve and body are connected (white pin on the right in photo below). Lift off the sample shirt. Following the original curve of the sleeve that you cut off, place a pin to connect the armpit to the shoulder (pink pin in photo below).
You can do this on both sides as shown below, or you can save time by pinning only one side and then folding the shirt in half lengthwise before you start cutting.
Cut along the pinned lines.
Step 3: Neck and neck
Cut a curved line between the 2 inside shoulder pins. If you chose not pin the other side, cut a curved line from the pin to the center of the folded shirt to make a shallow swooped neckline.
Step 4: Sew close
Step 5: Cap's off
Pin the new sleeves to the shoulder of the shirt body. Make sure you pin party side to party side and that you center the sleeve with the shoulder.
Sew along the pinned line of both sleeves, and then admire how darn cute they are!!
Step 6: Full Boat
The only real trick to getting the collar to stand up like that, is to sew the ends of your original waist band strip (the piece that you sew onto the neckline of the shirt) together after you've sewn all around the neckline. This sort of perks up the new collar. Other than that it's just the stiffness of the old waistband that gives it body.
Step 7: Get waist-ed
Fold the strip in half lengthwise, with the party side facing out, and sew it to the waistband of the shirt using a medium zigzag stitch. Make sure you face the party side of the shirt to the waistband as you're sewing so that when you're done, the stitches hide on the inside.
Depending on your style and the fit of you new top, you may want to add a dart or two down the back of the shirt to take it in a little bit through the waist. This will also help tighten the waistband around the hips.