Back in June, I spotted a blank tequila sunrise jersey on eBay, linked to it from the Ticker, and suggested that it would make a good project for a DIYer. Happily, reader Thomas Qualls (that’s him at right; no relation to Jimmy, I hope) rose to the occasion. He scored the jersey for only $12.50 and then — well, I’ll let him explain it.
You Can’t Spell ‘Tequila Sunrise’ without ‘DIY’
By Thomas Qualls
I was in the market for a 1985 Nolan Ryan jersey (I prefer the white outline on the star that they started using in 1983, as opposed to the orange outline they used before that), and I wasn’t all that concerned with the authenticity, so this jersey was perfect for me.
When the jersey arrived, it looked exactly as advertised and fit wonderfully. I got to work right away, downloading the Astros’ chest insignia and turning it into a template that I could cut out and use as a stencil.
I did the same thing for the NOB lettering, the numerals for the “34” on the back, and the star (I used two of each for the stars and numbers, because I used the inside of the thick line for the blue and the outside for the white border). Then I printed everything out on cardstock and cut it out to create the stencils I would use to trace onto the twill material that I’d be using for these elements.
I didn’t have any white twill for the white outlines on the numbers and star, so I just used felt. My process for that was slightly different: I bought this stuff from the fabric store that you can draw on and then iron onto the felt. After that, you can cut out your numbers, peel off the paper backing, and voila — you have a set of iron-on numbers! This is what it looks like with the numbers drawn on and ironed on to the felt.
Here’s how the numbers look on the jersey (with close-up view available here, here, and here). As for the NOB, no nameplates for me — I sewed the lettering directly onto the jersey. I need to clean up the frays a little bit.
You may have noticed that I positioned the uniform number a bit higher than on the original. I had to do that because if I started them down below the stripes, they would have ended up way too low and looked goofy. And like I said before, I wasn’t terribly concerned with making it super-authentic (note that my jersey has a gold collar, which doesn’t jibe with the original either, but I don’t mind).
A big thanks to fellow Uni Watch DIYer RyCo for being a nice guy and responding to an e-mail from some random guy asking about sewing. I contacted him after seeing how beautiful his Ryberto’s jerseys have turned out, and he responded with all kinds of helpful information. I’ve been going crazy with the sewing projects ever since.
Very nice job by Thomas. Keep those DIY projects coming — always happy to feature them here on the site.
More multi-tasking: It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned this, but I still host Open Mic Show-and-Tell each month at the City Reliquary, with the next edition coming up this Thursday. Whether you want to bring an item to show and tell or just be shown and told, it’s a good time — please come.
Uni Watch News Ticker: New package design for the sweet elixir of the gods (thanks, Kirsten). … The Seahawks’ stadium has a new corporate name. … Most of you have probably seen this shot of Lou Brock wearing the N.L. centennial cap-style helmet. Now Jeffrey Moulden has found a shot of Keith Hernandez wearing the same style. … Due to a happy accident, Evan Longoria found some relief from a foot injury in a pair of new spikes. … When Jason Marquis went down with that broken leg on Sunday, it was revealed that he was wearing very short socks under his pajama pants (good spot by Chris Errington). … Lloyd Davis notes that the WinniJets’ new logo looks an awful lot like the logo used by a Toronto restaurant. … Amazing skeleton-like stripe pattern worn by this 1926 high school football team (nice find by Keith Winney). … Yesterday I asked if anyone knew the story behind Killer in an Oakland uni. Several readers pointed me toward this explanation. … Whew, that is some mighty huge NOB lettering! (Big thanks to Russell Goutierez.) … There’s a good thread on the Chris Creamer board about what appears to be a change in the Rams’ helmet horns. Read the full thread here. … The Penguins have released a logo marking the 20th anniversary of their 1991 Stanley Cup. Destined to be a patch, perhaps..? (Thanks, RyCo.) … New court design for Arkansas (from Justin Bates). … Updated football uni news for Auburn here and here. Here’s a better look at the new pants striping (big thanks to Jeff McClendon). … The Astros will wear “Los Astros” jerseys on Aug. 20. The jerseys will look like this T-shirt, which will be given away to the first 10,000 fans. … Some good auction finds by Bruce Menard: a seriously rare 1938 Phillies jersey (look at that sleeve patch!) and a 1970 Phillies ball girl uniform. … New logo for the Great Lakes Conference (from Tod Hess). … Steve Dodell was watching a a documentary about Jerry Koosman (haven’t watched it yet myself, but my hunch is that it doesn’t include the part where Kooz goes to prison for being one of those crazy tax deniers) and noticed something odd: Tom Seaver, appearing at an instructional clinic, wearing something other than No. 41. Not clear if it’s Kooz’s No. 36 or something else. Ran this one by Mets by the Numbers guru Jon Springer, who’d never seen it before. … Several readers have recommended this new web site with all kinds of great old Oregon sports imagery — good stuff. … You’ve Gotta Be Kidding Me Dept.: Notre Dame coaches now have official sideline belts, which will make their debut at today’s Media Day activities (blame Warren Junium). … New soccer kit for the Japanese women’s national team (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Matt Shepardson spotted something odd while watching a show on the Style Network: “I noticed Bill Rancic, the first ‘Apprentice,’ wearing a Nike cap with this weird blur-out. It seems to be blurring out the ‘one’ logo, which I thought was also Nike. I decided to see if Nike had some sort of in-show promotion later in the show, but I didn’t find any. I did, however find Rancic wearing a Reebok-branded Chicago Bears hat, with the NFL logo obscured with a piece of electrical tape. Why is one Nike trademark okay if another isn’t, and why would only the shield be off limits on an NFL cap?” … Lots of interesting info on Jags equipment manager Drew Hampton’s Twitter feed. Scroll down to his Aug. 12 posts to see what he has to say about next year’s uniforms (from Dustin Kline). … Here’s a very incomplete rundown of sports figures who’ve worn glasses (from Kurt Esposito). … Interesting note from Greg Trandel, who writes: “The main logo for the University of Georgia (the school, not the athletic administration) used to be nicely symmetrical. Just recently, it started sporting — like a big pimple — a trademark symbol. Have other colleges done the same thing? Will they?” Hmmmm. Maybe UGA will be like the Cubs — a lone ®-inclusive institution among a sea of ®-free peers. … The Mariners gave away an Ichiro T-shirt last Friday, and my old zine buddy Steve Mandich will give his to the person who composes the best Ichiro haiku. … Michael Orr’s weekly roundup of Premier League kits is back.