My last Retro Restyle project was a wool Army sweater. I wore that sweater a lot last winter. My thought for the Navy top, because it was snug, was to split the front seam and add a zipper. It would be a knock-around jacket.
I wasn't sure how to trim it out though. I knew I didn't want to do the standard stars and stripes. I wandered the sewing department at Hobby Lobby (while my kids flipped through the pattern books looking at Halloween costumes) and narrowed it down to Sock Monkey, foxes or baseball. And even though I am the most nonathletic person in the world, I opted for the baseball because I liked the red, white and blue combo.
I trimmed the collar with the "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" ribbon. I was happy that it's actually a cotton twill tape and looks more retro, sporty than a satin or grosgrain ribbon would have.
I slashed the center front and zig-zagged in a separating zipper. I used an iron-on rhinestone-type, baseball decal on the front chest just below the tiny welt pocket.
I also added a fuzzy number 5 to the right shoulder that I had salvaged off an old sweatshirt. I do wish it had pouch pockets on the front like a sweatshirt, but such is Life.
I've already worn this jacket quite a bit because after our ungodly weeks of humidity here in Wisconsin, we dropped down to 50 degrees at night. Crazy.
My husband says I have an identity crisis; am I a sailor or a baseball player?
But I guess that's what you get when you take a shepherdess out of the pasture!