Like any die-hard baseball nut, occasionally I come to terms with the idea that there are other sports and people enjoy watching them.
Take football, for instance.
Apparently it’s a big deal.
Especially now that our hometown team, the 49ers, have made the playoffs.
Or as the kid says, “Only one win away until they reach the World Series!”
That is how much of a baseball house we are. Every sport apparently vies for the World Series.
That said, her school is holding a Spirit Day today and we’ve packed all of our instruments to jump on the bandwagon, rooting around in closets for something red and gold to wear.
Here’s what you do when you only have an adult’s large T-shirt and just hours until your school celebrates some sport that helps you kill time until pitchers and catchers report ….
1. First, you find an old T-shirt. The idea for a T-shirt dress came about last year when I received an enormous Angry Birds shirt that was far too big for anyone. I made a simple T-shirt dress for the kid and she still wears it around. (These things make great pajamas, by the way.)
2. Turn the T-shirt inside out and, using your child’s measurements, trace a dress shape onto it, going from the sleeve, curving under the arm, and then billowing down the side in a general dress shape.
4. At this point, you can cut the dress along your outline. If you’re going to embellish the shirt in any way, it’s so much easier to cut it first, do all the embellishments, and then pin back together for the sewing part.
If, however, you don’t need to add anything, I recommend skipping the cutting part and just running the T-shirt through the sewing machine as is, stitching along your dress line. Once done, then cut and finish the seams as you see fit.
If you have one, a serger works miracles during this step, as it not only provides a perfectly finished seam, but it also cuts the fabric as you go. All you have to do is contend with a machine that reminds me a cross between angry porcupine and Edward Scissorhands. I don’t know why, but the serger freaks me the hell out, what with its razor blades and billions of spools and pistons. But that’s a personal issue I’m working through. You may be weird and love your serger.
So there you go. That’s a quick and dirty how-to on making a simple dress out of an old T-shirt.
Now all you have to do is go outside and play catch until your arm is sore and your child runs wild-eyed through the streets, a football tucked under her arm, shouting, “She wins! She wins! She wins it in the bottom of the ninth!”