Another day, another DIY project, this time from longtime contributor Ryan Connelly. Here’s his story:
I grew up in Swisshelm Park, within the Pittsburgh city limits, and the bus that ran through my neighborhood was called the “68G Swisshelm Park Express.” So whenever I need a team name for a fantasy league, I call it the Swisshelm Express. I recently got inspired to create my own DIY Swisshelm Express jersey.
I started by creating a quick, simple logo for an old-school-looking hockey jersey. I had to keep it simple because I’d be cutting it out of felt.
Next, I had to design numbers. I always liked UCLA’s old number font, so I traced out my favorite number in AutoCAD. I printed out the tracings on 8.5 x 11 paper, cut them out as templates, traced them backwards onto felt (I did it backwards so any ink from the outline would be facing down instead of up), and then them cut out from there. I used in two layers of felt and made smaller versions for the sleeves. I was going to add a layer of yellow but decided not to. I thought this had an old-school throwback look. Nice and simple, almost like looking at a black-and-white photo.
For the jersey itself, I went with a $15 Gap thermal because it had a “hockey sweater” kind of feel and look. I haven’t sewn on the logo or numbers yet (I’m going to use a straight stitch for the numbers), but here’s how they look positioned on the jersey — front, back, and a close-up of the crest. I could use some advice regarding striping, so if anyone wants to offer suggestions, please send them my way.
I’m also working on a home/dark jersey, which I know you’ll love (I found a thermal at the Gap with lots of stripes!), but I haven’t started it yet. I’m still designing the logo and a shoulder patch.
I’ve gotta say, this increasing tide of DIY projects is one of the more surprising and enjoyable developments in the 10 years I’ve been writing Uni Watch. Who knew all you rough, tough sports fans would be so adept with a needle and thread? Very cool.
Start drafting those stirrup-fetishist personal ads: Yesterday’s inquiry about the possibility of a Uni Watch Classifieds section on the site, primarily as a vehicle for posting job listings, generated a lot of positive response, so we’ll probably go ahead and do it in the near future.
In the interests of fairness, however, I should probably mention that there’s already a sports-oriented jobs web site out there, which I didn’t know about until a few readers mentioned it to me yesterday. I’m no expert on these things, but it’s entirely possible that a dedicated career site read by all sorts of people in the industry might be more useful to you than a fine-print page on a blog (although it’s also possible that the world is big enough for both).
And the subway goes right to their door: Today is Thursday, which means tonight is Thursday night, which means Uni Watch design director Scott M.X. Turner will be hosting his weekly Thursday-night Pub Quiz event at Rocky Sullivan’s in Red Hook. You know what to do.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Get this: Spirit Airlines flight attendants are complaining about logo creep! (Big thanks to Darren Rusakiewicz). … Soccer note from Josh Williams, who writes: “Tuesday night Albion played away at Leicester City, and the referee thought that Albion’s away shirt (yellow and dark blue stripes) was too similar in colour to Leicester’s shirt (all blue), so Albion was forced to use Leicester’s away shirt (yellow). Most of the numbers were correct, but there were no NOBs. Albion matched the shirts with their own shorts and socks.” Further details here, and photos here. … Ryan McDevitt notes that Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon recently wore “a particularly heinous blue raincoat” under his jersey. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Chicks with guns are always cool. That’s the 1925 Drexel Institute girls’ rifle team. … Before he became America’s most entertaining political train-wreck, Rod Blagojevich fought in the Golden Gloves (nice find by James Huening). … Wayne Koehler sent along some old pics from the Florida Southern College archives, including shots of the 1957 and 1973 soccer teams, the 1924 football team, and the 1929 women’s hoops team (I love those sashes). … In a radio interview yesterday, Jonathan Ogden said he wore the same pair of shorts under his uniform pants for his entire 12-year career. “I washed them, of course,” he quickly added. … Here’s another shot of the Packers basketball team. “James Jones apparently hasn’t gotten the memo that Kobe’s tights are now both passe and verboten,” says the Rev. Nørb. … Chris Speakman, the man behind Sports Propaganda (one of our advertisers, don’tcha know), is the subject of a small profile here. Also: Speakman’s work is screen-printed, which is a process that could come in handy for you DIY types. There’s a good tutorial here. … The NC State hoops team added a Kay Yow memorial patch the other night. … Gee, what company do you think makes the Maldives men’s volleyball uniforms? (Thanks, Jeremy.) … Nice to see that some unemployed folks are making good use of their new free time. … Hey, these are even better than Huddles (with thanks to Stephen Krajewski). … A few days ago I linked to a story about a Steelers-themed bar mitzvah. Now Matt Hiett has topped that by sending along some shots of a Steelers-themed funeral (additional pics here and here). … Tremendous assortment of game-worn minor league hockey jerseys on display here. … Coupla great pieces from Mike Hersh‘s collection: First, here’s an old newsletter from NFL Enterprises, one of the league’s early licensing ventures. And did you know that there used to be a Dallas Texans hockey team? Love the footwear. … Uniform change, of sorts, at the White House. … In case you missed it yesterday afternoon, here‘s my latest ESPN column. I’ll have another one tomorrow.