Today I’m sharing a women’s football jersey tutorial, with a free pattern for you to use. I made this to upcycle one of the many football t-shirts I have from the Hubby, but then I made it in regular fabric, and I love it for everyday wear too. Particularly since I have not been doing great with either running or eating well and this shirt skims over the mom gut.
So, want to make your own? You’ll need:
- The pattern. This is a women’s size small (bust 34″). Keep reading if you’re not a size small. (Please remember my free patterns are for personal use only. Thanks)
- Knit fabric, including ribbing for the collar. I upcycled a t-shirt for the black and blue version.
- Optional: twin needle for hemming
Because the shoulder part of the pattern covers the front and the back, it’s a little hard to grade this pattern up. I’d suggest making your own pattern – I simply overlapped the shoulders of my t-shirt pattern front and back at the seam line, then traced the armhole and neckline, cutting the pattern off at the bottom of my v-neck. Then I created the bottom part of the pattern the same way, tracing from the bottom of the v-neck down.
For the neck ribbing, cut a piece of ribbing 19″ long and 2″ wide. Fold it in half, wrong sides together, matching the long edges
- Lay your shoulder piece out flat, right side up. Match the center of the neck ribbing to the center back (fold line) of the shoulders
- Stretch the ribbing slightly to pin it all the way around the neckline
- Stitch ribbing in place using a stretch stitch. See this post about sewing with knits if this is your first knit rodeo
- Overlap the front edges to form the V for the neckline; you may wish to baste this in place.
Sew the shirt front to the shoulders on the V side, right sides together.
Sew the shirt back to the back of the shoulder piece, right sides together.
Side note: if you want your sleeves to have a stripe detail sew down bias tape strips. I made the bias tape out of the fabric I used for the yoke on the football jersey.
Pin the sleeves into the armholes, right sides together and stitch
Sew down the underarm and side seam all in one long seam (red line)
Hem sleeves and bottom (with a twin needle if desired; see this post). And you’re done!
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