Do you sew in your sports teams’ fabric?
Ok, before I get really into the post – I just have to say this: even though that photo doesn’t show you the blouse very well, it is a stinkin cute photo of my dog Cricket!
I like wearing team spirit gear, but am not too excited about purchasing t-shirts and such ready-to-wear (RTW).
- For one thing, I’m not shaped for the way the clothing is made.
- It’s expensive.
I am pear shaped – my shoulders are more narrow than my hips. I’ve been trying to avoid that reality for years but it’s the truth. And the widest part of my hips are about 4″ below my waist. So I have this small waist, and immediately expand as if I’m wearing a bustle!
I learned this when I began sewing and actually measuring. Numbers don’t lie. I consistently have to shave 3/8″ off the shoulder at the sleeve join and have to adjust pants to have a curved waistband.
When I have gone to the fan sites or collegiate bookstores (we are college football fans), and shopped in the clothing sections, I don’t like being reminded that I am not a size 4 like many coeds. So I look for the XL sizes.
Well, they barely go below my waist, because I am tall. I’m 5’10” in case you did not know.
Hello sportswear designers! There is a whole market available with disposable income – women of a certain age! We are, after all the ones who pay to send our children to these institutions. Stepping off soap box now…
Since I am too large for many women’s items, I go looking in the Men’s clothing section. I don’t want something too masculine.
So on the occasion I find something promising, I remember that men’s tees are cut straight. I am beyond the years where I want to look like I’m borrowing my boyfriend’s, or husband’s, oversized clothing. So for a pear like me, that means either they get modified by adding a triangle of fabric to the sides, or bought oversized and the extra removed at the underarm.
Those are quite valid options, and I probably could do a post of adjustments I’ve made to tees over the years.
I realize the school gets a cut of each licensed product and that contributes to the cost. Remember school pictures? Same thing – they were expensive because the school got a little bit from everyone who bought them.
Sometimes it’s totally worth it to splurge and get the neat hoodie with the special logo for $89. I get it.
I have plenty of game-day gear and just decided to do something different this year. Why settle for less than exactly what I want?
In not settling this season, I decided to create something team inspired but also flattering.
When I went to a local quilt shop with some quilting friends recently, I fell in love with this University of Alabama fabric. It looks like a light twill weave even though it is a quilting cotton.
This is the Butterick 5526 modified with a flounce on the back.
This version has a few tweaks to make it unique.
There is houndstooth fabric on the underside of the cuffs and collar. If they ever get turned up, it is a nice little visual interest.
I also shaped the front by tapering the sides at the waist by taking in about 1 1/2″ on each side. You can see it if you are looking for it.
The back is still longer than the front. That hides any, um, lost loft in the bum area, if you know what I mean.
Since the fabric is crisp, it doesn’t cling to any rolls created when I bend over forward either. It is so nice to be able to be somewhere all day and not have to worry about sucking in your stomach! Ok, I’m still self conscious about all that. That’s another post for another time…
For now I’m loving my new team gear! I’d love to hear about your experiences with sports team shopping – just tell your story in the comment box below.
Happy creating everyone!