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Sewing The Seventies: Make 2 – A sporty t-shirt


My next make this year is again a seventies pattern. I found this pattern for a t-shirt, tennis dress and shorts on Ebay. I have some white jersey and a small amount of purple jersey, that was used for this t-shirt to serve as contrast raglan sleeves. I decided to make View B, which is for the t-shirt with contrast sleeves and round neck.

McCalls Tennis Outfit

The construction was simple, but it did use a method for the neck and sleeves that I hadn’t used before. In the past, I have always made a band and then just attached that with the overlocker to the raw edges of the neck, sometimes using a zig-zag stitch to finish. This pattern called for folding the neck band over the raw edge and top-stitching through all the layers. I’m actually quite pleased with this finish. I was worried that with my sewing machine I would stretch out the neck opening and it wouldn’t look good, but with careful use of the walking foot and lessening the foot pressure, the top-stitching turned out well.

One of the design features of this t-shirt is the loop at the front. I hadn’t realised it was there until I started looking at the instructions.

The loop can be used to attach your sunglasses to the t-shirt. Do you think it will catch on? Well, obviously not, else we’d all be wearing t-shirts like this now! I think it’s still a cool design feature so I kept it in my make. I’m just trying it out here:

Does the sunglasses loop work?

Does the sunglasses loop work?

I actually really enjoyed making this top. It was a great quick make and a great addition to my wardrobe, which is lacking activewear. I can see myself making more of these tops. The raglan sleeves and contrast bands are also a fantastic way to use up leftover jersey fabric from other projects.

I’m still contemplating whether I should make the shorts or not. I’m very much more in favour of wearing full-length bottoms for exercise. The climate here hardly ever means I would need to wear shorts. However, they would be a quick simple make and they could be worn on holiday.

Just had to give you one more pose, something more sporty in my new top….

Ready for action?

Author: steelyseamstress

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7 thoughts on “Sewing The Seventies: Make 2 – A sporty t-shirt

  1. It looks fabulous! I wonder if that neckband technique is unique to McCall’s, because it’s exactly the same way they tell you to finish the neckband in M6964. It looks lovely, doesn’t it? I use the same technique when adding neckbands to Moneta dresses, too.

    • I do wonder. I haven’t many McCalls patterns in my collection and certainly this is the first one I’ve used which called for a knit fabric. I’m actually rather pleased with the outcome and certainly had less issues with “waviness” in my top-stitching. Like you, I may employ it with other patterns too.

  2. Isn’t that Marlo Thomas? I like the little tag for hanging your glasses. I hope I remember to put one in when I do my next tee shirt!!!

  3. The sunglasses loop is fabulous, you can hang up it on your parasol if you wear it to the beach as a coverup too!!

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