A Cincinnati Reds Shirt for the Playoffs

For my birthday, a friend gave me a Reds messenger bag and a great T-shirt.

The shirt is very special to me because on the back is “Applegate – 80” (my maiden name and my age).  I haven’t used the Applegate name for over 60 years.  The shirt is the right size but was cut in a way that it would even be snug on my skinny 9-year-old granddaughter.   I really wanted to wear this shirt for the Reds’ playoff games and had to quickly come up with a way I could keep all of the key elements but have it in a comfortable size.

I had a new T-shirt that was about two sizes too big and used one of my tried and true patterns to trim the sides and to trim down the sleeves.

I cut the side seams of the Reds shirt ….

… then lay it on top of the white  shirt and pinned at the shoulder, down the center and around the neckband.

I drew a chalk line, allowing for a ½ inch seam, from the shoulder to the bottom of the front and back on each side and trimmed along that line.

I turned under the ½ inch allowance and top stitched the red shirt to the white one.  Then, I  VERY carefully trimmed away the center white portion front and back.

I sewed the side seams, sewed in the sleeves, sewed the hem and the shirt was finished.

Now, I have my shirt ready to wear and watch the Reds win the playoffs (sorry, St. Louis granddaughters).

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

10 thoughts on “A Cincinnati Reds Shirt for the Playoffs”

  1. I can tell you made a few clothes for your daughters before——-you will look great for the playoffs. Sorry to say our Texas Rangers had a disappointing loss last night. Seems they just lost all their energy the last month or so.

  2. You made it AMAZINGLY better! I ❤ it! Looks like the coolest jersey ever! I think somebody should be designing the boys uniforms! xo

  3. I agree with Lori! You are amazingly talented, I wish I could sew like that. The finished item is the most stylish baseball (? I think) shirt ever and the use of your maiden name was a lovely touch by your friend – it is always your original identity!
    Abigail x

  4. That is so great! A shirt refashion custom made for you! That is just very impressive! I’m using your salmon patty recipe from back in 2009 or 2010 tonight for dinner. My nana made those and I haven’t had them in ages! Can’t wait! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Just found this post – still reading all your back ones and they’re great. You look soooo young!!! 80 is looking younger to me every day now that I am retired! I love what you did with the t-shirt.

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