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[Editor's Note: Remember our recent post about DIY NHL goalie-themed neckties? That entry was extremely popular, so today we have a follow-up from the same anonymous contributor. Enjoy. — PL]
The first three ties I made were really an afterthought — a way to use up small, leftover scraps of fabric. But after I saw the positive reaction from Uni Watch readers, I decided the project deserved a little more attention, so I made several different variations with assorted materials and designs. I also worked out some of the technical issues I’d encountered while making the first three ties
I ended up making 26 more ties. Here’s the story behind each one, with details of materials and also the teams and players they were based on, beginning with the four ties shown above:
1 and 2. I wanted to replicate the Penguins’ beautiful 1967 blue uniform. I used a modern shiny light-blue mesh that reminds me of the slight sheen that the Durene jerseys of that era had. I also wanted to do a set of two goalies from one team — in this case Hank Bassen and Les Binkley. The stripes are a sports jersey braid material similar to, but not an exact replica of, the original pattern. I also love the drop-shadow numbering this set had.
3. This is a Warren Skorodenski/Darren Pang Blackhawks design. I always liked the way No. 40 looked on this uniform. The stripe pattern is an exact match to the sleeve of these jerseys, so it looks very accurate.
4. I wanted to incorporate design elements beyond stripes and numbers, so here I took the star from the North Stars’ logo and added it to the tie. I love drop-shadow numbers, and the ones on the North Stars’ jerseys were some of the best. The stripe pattern isn’t quite accurate.
Here’s the next batch:
5. and 6. I love the Canucks’ old V uniforms, and I wanted to do home and away versions for the same player, so here we have Glen Hanlon’s 1978-79 set.
7. I’m not usually into replicating pro logos, but I wanted to include Pucky on this Greg Millen Whalers tie. One of my all-time favorite looks.
8. This is based on Gerry Desjardins’s King jersey. I love this uniform, and this particular tie came out the best of all of them, with the fewest mistakes. If I could keep only one of these ties, this would probably be the one.
The next batch is a departure from the previous ones, because I shifted from hockey to football:
9. Warren Moon, Oilers. I loved Houston’s powder blue and red uniforms. For this tie and the next one, I used powder blue double knit baseball uniform fabric.
10. Ken Burrough, Oilers. When I was young, I would see him on TV in his distinct No. 00 uniform, which was so unique and looked great on the sky blues.
11. Moon again, this time from his Edmonton Eskimos/CFL days. Stripe pattern isn’t quite right, but overall it looks okay.
12. Jim Otto, Raiders. I never watched him play, but I seem to like No. 00, so I made this one. Also, I wanted to experiment with metallic finishes so I painted the numbers with a metallic silver paint to get the right effect.
Okay, now back to hockey:
13. Bobby Orr’s rookie jersey, No. 27.
14. Here’s Orr’s more familiar No. 4. I was happy to find this braid material for the stripes, which look very close to the real thing.
15. The Bruins’ equipment manager used to identify each player’s equipment with a stencil-numbered piece of white hockey tape. I always liked this quirk, so I decided to replicate it on this Gerry Cheevers design.
One more batch of hockey designs:
16. Since I was experimenting with different materials, I decided to pay homage to heat-pressed numbers. Actually, this Nordiques design uses a white plastic tape that I cut out and applied, but it looks very similar to heat-pressed. I always thought this jersey design was particularly beautiful.
17. I thought I should try doing one with a nameplate, so the Flyers’ contrasting design seemed like a good choice. I applied Bernie Parent’s name with an ink stamp set.
18. For fun, I made up a jersey tag and put it on a Rangers-looking tie. Its kind of a mix of eras, as “56G” is a pretty recent size for a goalie-cut jersey (it’s what I wore when I played), but the laundry instructions are what you would see on an older set.
For this next batch, I found some light gray double-knit baseball uniform fabric and decided to do a run of ties based on modern MLB jerseys. I also made squatchee tie tacks (just covered buttons with a pinback added) to go along with them:
19. I don’t really follow baseball (but love the uniforms), so these are just random designs I picked. This one is based on a Phillies jersey. I love the little stars and the font used for the numbers.
20. Tom Seaver, Mets. I think the orange and blue look great on the gray, and I think 41 is a cool number. Love the orange squatchee. [One nitpick: Seaver did not play during the Mets' orange-squatchee era, which began in 1995. He always wore a blue squatchee. Just sayin'. — PL]
21. A Mariners design, for Ichiro Suzuki or Randy Johnson.
22. Orioles design. I added the home plate from their baseball diamond logo. Not sure if No. 17 is anyone significant — I just like the number.
But baseball uniforms come in other colors besides gray, as you can see in this final batch:
23 Cito Gaston, Padres. Love the yellow and brown colors.
24. Cardinals powder blues, topped off with a red squatchee. The stripe pattern is accurate to the trim on the originals. This one gave me a really hard time, as you can see by the distorted shape. I do like this era of uniform. This one should have come out better than it did.
25 and 26. I wanted to try a couple of vintage baseball designs, so I picked the 1909 Cubs (love the vertical placket lettering) and the 1910 Seattle Giants. I used a polyester twill that looked kind of close to what I wanted and drew the pinstripes on with a pen for both. I feel there’s a little too much going on with these, although the Seattle one seems to work better and I love the green pinstripes.
One more thought about the squatchee pins: I think wearing these as a lapel pin would be a nice, subtle way to show support for your team, especially if your team has a cool contrast-colored squatchee:
I had a lot of fun making these. They really resemble little jerseys and are a nice way for me to have a collection without spending a lot of money and taking up a lot of space.
Last time around, lots of people posted comments asking if I’d be willing to sell the ties, or take special orders. I appreciate all the interest and positive feedback, but I’m not interested in going into the tie business. Like most people, I have a reasonably busy life, and these hobbies are for relaxation and enjoyment. Turning it into a business would take that away in a heartbeat, so I’d like to avoid that. Also, when you have one of the ties in your hand, they do have a pretty homemade feel, so I’m not sure they would meet most people’s standards for something they would actually pay for (which they would only find out once they’d already paid for it). When I look at how long it takes to make one versus how much I could actually charge, it just doesn’t make sense from a profit-versus-aggravation standpoint. Thanks for understanding.
Paul here. Shortly after preparing this entry, Anonymous offered to make me a tie — any team/player I wanted. On a whim, I said, “How about a Packers treatment, with No. 42 for John Brockington?” Here’s how it turned out:
And here’s what Anonymous had to say about it:
At first I thought no problem — the Packers jersey is pretty straightforward. Then I thought I better look at a photo of Brockington, and I realized that football jerseys actually had sleeves in that era, and the Packers had a lot more stripes back then than they do now.
So I had to scramble a bit, because I wanted to make the stripe pattern more or less accurate. Also, I decided to integrate the stripes into the tie as opposed to putting them on as an appliqué, because that caused some problems with distortion. I was able to find a green/white/green braid, but the size of the braid was pretty big. So with the yellow mesh insert I was at least able to correctly replicate the alternating stripe pattern on the original, although the scale of the stripes is off (too much green). But no distortion!
The result is for sure the best tie I’ve made. The integrated stripes are really neat, and all of the materials look good. A very tidy job. I also made sure the number font was similar to the ones the Packers used back then. I like how all of the stripes make the tie remind me of one of those big ’70s jersey sleeves. The only problem is now I have to go back and re-make all of the other ties I made for myself now that I’ve come up with the perfect method.
Pretty awesome, right? I haven’t yet received the tie in the mail, but I’m looking forward to it. I’ll post a photo of me wearing it once it arrives.
Mike’s Question of the Week:
By Mike Chamernik
Mallory Edens, daughter of Bucks owner Wesley Edens, was wearing a pin showing the team’s original logo during the NBA draft lottery. She said the pin was for good luck, and it worked to some degree, as the Bucks received the second pick.
Do you have any sports good luck charms? Any lucky apparel, memorabilia or items? If so, what are they, when do you use them, and what do they do for you?
Tick-Tock: Today’s Ticker was compiled and written by Mike Chamernik.
Baseball News: Two more players wearing the Mizuno belts: Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa and A’s infielder Josh Donaldson (from Jay Sullivan and Mark Halling, respectively). … Dodgers prospect Alexander Guerrero — aka The Athlete Whose Ear Was Bitten Off and Isn’t Named Evander Holyfield — may not be able to wear a batting helmet for a while because it might rip open his stitches. … The Mariners might have cream Sunday alternate uniforms in 2015 (from Phil). … Speaking of the M’s, here are some of their more creative promotions from over the years (from Tim Dunn). … A Nats fan made a nifty table-slash-cooler (from William F. Yurasko). … Fort Knox High School, a high school team affiliated with the Army, wears camo jerseys (from Josh Claywell). … Giants reliever Santiago Casilla wore pitcher Jean Machi’s batting helmet during a rare plate appearance last night. It was Casilla’s fifth plate appearance in 405 career games. On the other hand Machi has only two career plate appearances, so how come he has a batting helmet and Casilla doesn’t? Unsurprisingly, Casilla ended up stumbling over first base and left the game with an injury (screen shot by Sean Robbins). … Two Cardinals players — Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina — were wearing dark undershirts, instead of the team’s usual red, last night. “Can’t tell if they were black or navy,” says Scott B. … Someone out there has designed new logos for all 30 MLB ballbarks (from Brian Derrick). … Speaking of ballparks, here’s the latest on new signage that’s planned for Wrigley Field (from Matthew Robins). … The Pirates convened a reunion of the 1979 championship team prior to last night’s game and dressed the players in gold throwback jerseys and pillbox caps. Additional photos here and here (from John Dankosky).
NFL News: “Saw a bunch of pictures from the USS Hampton (SSN 767) at the North Pole,” says Coleman Mullens. “Apparently the Chief of the Boat is a ’Skins fan.” … New Browns WR Miles Austin got permission from Bernie Kosar to wear No. 19 (from Phil). … Instead of giving President Obama a personalized jersey, the Seahawks gave him a 12th man flag during their trip to the White House. … MMQB took a look at the boot Tom Dempsey used to kick his record-setting 63-yard field goal (from Brinke). … “I saw this photo of protesters in Donetsk,” says John Cornwallis. “Notice the man with the Bears championship hat? I guess the NFL really has gone global!” John, your last name reminds me of the splendid “Mike Zaun” Francesa video. And yes, that was just a flimsy excuse to link to that video. I love Mike Francesa.
Hockey News: Here’s an interesting approach to making a concussion-proof helmet: make the helmet look not look like a helmet, but more like a human head. Just click on the link to see what I mean (from a reader named Jack). … Looks like WABC-TV in New York will run a story tonight on counterfeit jerseys (from Barry Brite).
NBA News: The Hornets unveiled the wordmarks that will appear on their uniforms. The actual uni unveiling is still slated for June 19 (from Phil). … Alexander Julian, the man who designed the original Hornets uniforms, did not design the revived team’s new set (from Phil). … What did NBA teams’ websites look like back in 1996? Find out here (from Mark Roberts).
Grab Bag: Forbes examined the sneakerhead culture (from Tommy Turner). … The movie Batman v. Superman will have a hybrid logo that combines the two superheroes’ logos. … Brinke sends in this really cool site, Project Thirty-Three, that showcases simple yet striking LP covers. … Marc Viquez was at an American Ultimate Disc League game and noticed that the Detroit Mechanix number-in-a-circle unis are similar to what the Astros used to wear. … Two Indy 500 notes from Chris Cruz: Here’s a gallery of the liveries of all the cars in the race, and both Chip Ganassi cars on the IndyCar side will be painted silver for the 25th anniversary of Target as a sponsor of the Ganassi team. … Here’s another rundown of this year’s World Cup Kits (from Trevor Williams).
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What Paul did last night: Had the pleasure of attending last night’s Mets/Dodgers game with Uni Watch weekend editor L.I. Phil Hecken (left) and uniform designer/historian Todd Radom (right). As you can see, I wore my Mets prototype striped stirrups, based on the ones shown in the mock-up held by Casey Stengel in a January 1962 press conference. Look closely and you can see that Phil wore orange sneakers with blue laces — you know, so as not to piss off those people who get annoyed when someone shows up at the ballpark without wearing the appropriate team colors. I wore my Gulf jacket for the same reason.
There was one sublime uni-related moment. At one point I noticed (and pointed out) that Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp had his back pocket inside-out while standing on deck. Later on, while he was in the field, I saw that his pocket was tucked back in. The next time he was on deck, an inning or two later, I saw the pocket was inside-out again. I mentioned this to Phil and Todd as Kemp was walking up to the plate to take his turn at bat — and just as we were talking about it, he tucked his pocket back in.
Now, I’ll grant you that staring at Matt Kemp’s ass may not seem like the most rewarding way to spend a ballgame. But you have to admit that it’s better than focusing on the level of play being exhibited lately by the home team.