Basics Sewing: Sweatpants and White V-neck Tee

I made this basics set a few months ago at the beginning of our stay at home orders. I was working form my stash (fabric + patterns) so I thought I’d try out this men’s sweat pant and my fav basic tee pattern. I did have a few issues with the pant- mainly because it is a mens pattern. I love the side panels and inset pockets. The tee is by far my wardrobe workhorse. I’m just made another with the remnants because I just love how comfy it is! The modal jersey knit is fab. Feels and looks like a RTW tee.

Great minds think alike because two weeks ago on our family zoom call my brother and I were twinsie’s in our matching navy sweats and white tees. I wear a lot of high-waisted pants so I cropped the tee pattern (my go to) quite a bit. The fit is perfect though a bit long and the v neck instructions are so easy to follow. I did see a great video on doing a v-neck on Craftsy that is wonderful. Sewing on the Edge: Finishing Techniques with Lynda Maynard. Great course! The technique is in the third lesson if you’re interested. I’ll be using that one next time.

All the Details:



McCall’s 2940 (OOP) and 7486(Men’s)


Cotton/Modal Jersey White Stonemountain & Daughter. Perfect fabric for a RTW feel tee!

This cotton/modal jersey feels like your favorite, perfectly worn-in t-shirt! It’s perfect for tees and tank tops, but would also work well for looser fitting dresses and skirts.

Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics

Content: 55% cotton / 45% modal rayon
Width: 62″
Weight: 4.8 oz per square yard / 163 GSM
Stretch Percentage: 50% crossgrain / 20% along the grain
Designer: Robert Kaufman
Country of Origin: Japan
Care Instructions: Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Aegean Blue Activewear Knit from Fashion Fabrics Club

Solid activewear tricot knit
-Weight: Medium
-Transparency: Opaque
-Hand: Cool
-Stretch: Four-way Stretch
-Drape: Full Body Drape
-Luster: Matte
-End Uses: Swimwear, Leggings, Activewear Tops, & more

For the pants construction was pretty simple. I made most of this on the serger. The cuffs on the bottom were a bit fiddly though. I did two back pockets since it looked a bit more symmetrical. The fit is very slim but super comfy. I did have to lower the waistline considerably as the crotch was quite low. I’ll probably make these for my brother too. I just need some nice sweatshirt material. This pair was my practice in this athletic knit. It has a nice matte look and is drape. It is pilling quite a bit now from wear but it’s not very noticeable. Looking forward to making these again for fall.

Hoping to get some more photos taken this weekend. Mornings are so busy lately getting the kids ready for online school and it’s really the only time to get good pictures taken with the summer sun so strong. Back soon with my fall sewing plans and many new makes! Happy Sewing!

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