Who doesn’t love a basic top? My two favourite staple t-shirts by far are the classic baseball top and a boat neck striped tee. They can pretty much be worn with anything and, as the dress code in my office is smart casual, are great for work or for play. Strangely, despite their iconic status, it can be hard to find the perfect version of either which leaves me frustrated. There are plenty of striped tops with round or scoop necks but not my coveted boat neck, the base colour is cream and not white, it’s skin tight instead of slouchy, it has embroidered logos or embellishment… the list goes on about why I can’t find the perfect top (and that’s before I even get to the price tags!).
So I said to myself “to hell with this!” and drafted up a pattern for each style so I can have all the striped tees and baseball tops that my heart desires without any hassle! And here’s t-shirt number one:
After I knocked up my first baseball top I graded the sewing pattern to include sizes 6 to 18. (I’m a size 10 so I definitely know that one works!)
You will need:
Free Baseball Top Sewing Pattern
1m body colour fabric
1m sleeve colour fabric
Thread in your chosen colour
1. Download and print the pattern from the link above and then cut out your pattern pieces and fabric. The pattern includes a 1/2″ seam allowance.
2. Sew the front and back pieces to the sleeves with right sides together at the shoulders. The image below shows how the pieces fit together.
3. Sew the front to the back at the sides and sleeves. Make sure your arm hole seams match up so you get a nice smooth line all the way around – check out my arm pit in the below to see what I mean (never thought I’d be saying that!)
4. Hem the waist, cuffs and neckline. You can add a coloured bias binding to the neck to match the sleeves if you want to. I’d advise using a double needle on your machine for the hemming – as it’s a stretch fabric it’s a lot more secure and gives a nice neat finish. You can, of course, use an overlocker if you have one. I still haven’t got round to buying one even though I’ve been dreaming of it foe what feels like forever!
This is such an easy pattern to follow and it’s really, really quick too – very satisfying! If you want to give this pattern a try you can hit the link above or the image below and let me know what you think of the pattern and your finished top – happy sewing!
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