Hot! A Sporty Sprinkled Pink Affair | Veronica Darling


Mccalls 5123

The Facts

Fabric: thrifted 70s 'Sport' knit, 20c and blue stretch knit, jersey(?) 50c
Pattern: McCall's 5123, gift
Year: 1989
Notions: none
Time to complete: 1 hour
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? Yes for my 'sports'!

Total Cost: ~$.70c – YES, that's seventy cents!

If the ball's in my court, which it is right now for this post, a dash of pink is just enough! I'm not sure if the colour suits me, and being a shorter woman, I could potentially get mistaken for an 8 year old child if I wear too much of it. For this week's pinky theme, I couldn't shake this 'SPORT' printed 1970s fabric, and I kept putting it back on the shelf and it kept bouncing, volleying and serving itself up to me. Every other pink thing in my stash just didn't look as fun and when I was tidying up I found this aqua blue stretch knit, so I knew I had to make a sport ensemble!


This McCalls pattern was a hand-me-down and was really straight forward with 2 pieces, front and back which actually really look the same. I've NEVER made leggings before, and thinking about it, I rarely wear them outside of dog walking and yoga attempts. BUT, they were 20 minutes to make up, so you can't really argue with that. More dog walking time for me this week! I ditched the elastic around the top, as they're extremely highwaisted, and I made them a bit tighter than the original seams so they stay up fine.

As for my 'pink bits' (don't laugh!), the tshirt material was of course an op shop remnant, and you may be able to see the misprinted pieces along the tshirt hem (probably why it was only $20c)? I ummed about cutting it off (to be more crop top Fame-esque) but saved it instead and didn't bother to hem it… nor the sleeves… or the neckline! It's stretch knit and as I've learnt from watching Oona's blog for a few years now, some knits you don't have to hem if you cut them with super sharp scissors for they don't fray. 

To make up the tshirt, as it was a long rectangle piece, I folded it horizontally, so the words all matched up (kind of) and used an existing dress just laid flat over  the fabric as my 'pattern' and cut a square. Still with right sides together, I  pinned the shoulders sections together, and the under arm side seams together, and for fear of botching the fit, I zig zagged stitched those seams. 


I like the floppy-ness of the fabric and being that 1970s polyester knitwear kinda of feel it reminds me of primary school and school sports days. I think our sports top was made of the same shiny stuff!

Realistically, I do little sport, so I know I won't be wearing these a LOT, but when I do I'll feel awesome and at least in the mood to get active! Imagine how thrilled I was finding my old tennis racket (that I hope hope hope I'll use now that the weather is a little lovelier) and sweat bands and how perfect they fit with my dash of pink theme this week! 

What about you? Do you get into the colour pink? Or is just a little just enough?



Veronica Darling

Veronica Darling has been sewing well for about 4 years, blogging for 5 years and smiling for over 33 years. In 2011, she joined Mena's Sew Weekly in sewing through the year, and in 2012 will keep challenges slightly smaller in scale.


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  1. Love it and your picture are so much fun (as usual)! Such a cute creation that fit the retro print perfectly.

  2. Unbelievably cute! Seems like the fabrics and the pattern and the challenge were all a perfect match.
    The top is super-cute but as you say, with limited wear opportunities. I really love the pants and am so jealous of how great you look in them!
    Forty – love! (or something like that – I can’t remember the tennis scores.)

  3. I am in love with this, it is so kick-ass (can you tell I’m loving some 80s styles right now?)! A little pink is definitely more than enough for me but I loves me some acqua for sure.
    PS That last photo is awesome!

  4. Your photos are always as amazing as your creations!

  5. Yay what a fun post love it, you certainly look like you do lots of sports. A fab and fun filled outfit. Love it!

  6. That sport print is so cute! This outfit is fab for so many activities or even lounging around which is so cool! The photos are so fun and you look great in the tennis poses:)

  7. Oh, I love that “sport” print! What a great way to make use of it!

  8. you are TOO MUCH. how i wish i had this outfit to sport at the gym.
    yay for no-hem stretch knits!

  9. This is ADORABLE! How do you look so cute doing sports?!?

  10. Yay! I’m so glad you found the perfect use for this fabric – SO cute! You and Doggie Darling walking together will be an unstoppable duo of cuteness! And super score for no hemming required!

  11. LOVE. What a crazy fabulous ensemble!!