[Editor’s Note: Last week I mentioned that DIY submissions had slowed to a trickle. Reader Kenny Montross responded with a really good contribution that I’ve decided to run today as a guest-written entry. Enjoy. — PL]
By Kenny Montross
Growing up as a Houston sports fan, I always wanted a Hakeem Olajuwon jersey, but I never got one. So after reading about some DIY projects on Uni Watch, I decided to make my own — with a twist. I never really liked wearing basketball jerseys and much prefer baseball jerseys. So I made a Houston Rockets baseball jersey:
I did it by buying a plain white jersey off of eBay, along with some red twill and red/gold ribbon from the local sewing supply store. The most useful tool on this project was a product called Wonder Under, which turns any fabric into an iron-on. I ironed it onto the back of the twill, traced the letters and numbers onto the Wonder Under, cut them out, and then ironed them onto the jersey. After that I made the letters and numbers permanent by using a sewing machine and a zig-zag stitch. I got a “Back to Back Championships” patch off of eBay and used that as a sleeve patch. And then I added some pants and striped stirrups (also from eBay) to create a full uniform, which I used as my Halloween costume.
I have DIY’d three football helmets since creating the Rockets jersey. I attended Texas A&M, so I scored a replica Georgia helmet on eBay and decided to turn it into my own Aggies helmet:
The hardest part of this project for some reason was finding maroon paint, especially metallic like A&M switched to in the early 2000s. I eventually found Duplicolor auto body spray paint at the auto parts store. It turns out that Ford’s Dark Toreador Red is almost exactly the same color as the Aggies’ maroon. It’s also a lacquer as opposed to a enamel, and is a little bit more expensive, but is harder and should last longer. I got all of the decals from eBay and am extremely happy with the end result.
The other two helmets I’ve made were a Christmas gift for my dad last year. I went to A&M, but he’s been a University of Texas fan since he was in elementary school, so I got a pair of helmets with two-bar facemasks as a package deal, again off of eBay, and recreated the helmets from the 1969 Thanksgiving game — Aggies vs. Longhorns. Texas won the National Championship that year, but A&M had the better uniforms (in my opinion) and they were wearing the original “aTm” helmet design. Unfortunately, I didn’t photograph these helmets before giving them to my father.
Back before I did my own helmet, I showed my A&M pride by repainting my bike. (The odd handlebars originated on the island of Kwajalein, where my wife grew up. It allows for a more relaxed, upright riding style.) And when I got married back in August, I had a groomsmen cake based on the A&M baseball team’s maroon home jersey. I also wanted to get stirrups for my groomsmen, but I had a problem with my local supplier and e-mailed Robert Marshall in panic. He delivered with solid blue for my groomsmen and ’57 Cubs-style stirrups for myself just in time.
Paul here. Big thanks to Kenny for sharing his projects. And as long as we’re talking DIY, here’s a note I got last night from Stetson Pevear:
I just finished making a Princeton University throwback football jersey for my girlfriend, a Princeton student. She had mentioned that wanted one of these before she graduated, but I cannot stand authentic replicas, so I decided to make her a much cooler and unique jersey:
I used a plain long-sleeve black tee. For the numbers, I used a white varsity block font on an orange background, like the current home jersey. My favorite part is my addition of the Princeton shield on the lower-right of the front, where many jerseys have a size tag. All appliqués were hand-sewn and made of felt.
Good stuff. More DIYism coming soon.
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
Featuring older items in this week’s installment of Collector’s Corner. Remember, if it’s old, it’s gold!
• Will ya look at this old N.Y. Giants baseball pennant.
• From reader Lou Sherwood: the official rules Carl Yastrzemski’s Sportsmanship Club. [Find of the month. — PL]
• Your Super Bowl® party will be more super with this 1960s Steelers serving tray, made by Hormel Meats!
• Lukas jersey alert: Purdue baseball jersey from the ’20’s. [I’ve featured that before — it’s been up for sale for at least a year. I don’t think it dates to the ’20s, but it’s extremely notable because of the tagging: Everlast! — PL]
• Finally, check out these old LaCrosse high-top sneakers. That’s some price tag for something that just looks like a pair of Chucks.
Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Super Rugby — the professional league of New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa — is adding a 15th team this season, the Melbourne Rebels. “Their first jerseys are now out and they look pretty good,” says Caleb Borchers. … Dick’s Courtroom — the closest thing we ever had to a historical survey of NBA uniforms — recently fell off the face of the internet. But now, thankfully, it’s back. … Typo alert: Rob Niedermayer has been wearing a misspelled NOB for three straight games without even realizing it (big thanks to Tim Tryjankowski). … Regarding those stick-on thingies on Ray Rice’s arms: Turns out Rice already addressed this, sort of, on his Facebook page back on Dec. 13, when he wrote, “A lot of you have been asking me about the patches on my arms. I’ve been testing this new product to help me focus and stay on my game. I can’t tell you what it is now, but stay tuned for more info soon!” Sounds like the latest Tooth Fairy hokum, but it’s more fun to assume that it’s an LSD patch, so let’s go with that (with thanks to Robert Onolfi). … New soccer kit for Brazil (with thanks to Kenny Loo). … Eric Stangel found a game-used Joba Chamberlain cap with an underbrim inscription. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Majestic has produced a pretty good video clip that shows how an MLB jersey is made. … New sweatbacks for Illinois (with thanks to Erik Spoonmore). … Looks like the Habs’ jersey patch for the Heritage Classic will be en français” (pics courtesy of Mike Engle). … Lots of gossip and rumors about a new Purdue football uni, although I have no idea how legit any of it is (with thanks to Nick Traxler). … Another school wearing winged helmets in the 1930s: Texas A&M. No firm date, alas — just a decade — so it’s hard to know where this fits in the winged chronology (with thanks to William Banowsky). …