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[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest entry from the great Wafflebored, who’s going to tell us about his latest DIY jersey project. Enjoy. — PL]
While the NHL is in Reverse Retro mode, things here at Wafflebored HQ are (as usual) in full retro mode. My latest project started when I acquired a nice piece of red-pinstriped baseball jersey fabric. I love pinstripes, especially interesting colors such as this red. But I don’t like making baseball jerseys, so I decided to make a hockey jersey incorporating the material. I didn’t want to just toss the pinstripes in randomly, however — I wanted to design the jersey in a way so that the pinstripes made some sense.
I’ve made several ’50s retro jerseys before, and it’s a theme I enjoy. I’m a huge fan of mid-century modern design, and I’ve always wondered why that mid-century style didn’t have much effect on sports uniforms, since it showed up in almost everything else from that era. So I’ve tried to fill that void in uniform history with my own designs.
The biggest advantage of making jerseys from scratch, as opposed to adding graphics to a blank stock jersey, is that I can make structural changes to create new tailoring patterns that don’t appear in standard uniforms. In this case, I needed to decide how to incorporate the pinstriped material in an interesting way. I opted for a chevron design to enhance the mid-century feel.The entire shoulder yoke piece is one piece that extends down to the chest in the front and in the same manner down the back, with no seam at the top. It can be tricky to get the point of the chevron to be perfectly centered, so I did the front first, since I knew the point would be covered by the crest, which would hide any slight asymmetry:
As it turned out, the point on the front worked out fine, but it gave me the practice I needed to make sure the one on the back looked right, which it did:
I used the rest of the pinstriped material to trim the bottom of the sleeves and body of the jersey. Initially this was all I was going to do, but the jersey just looked too white, so I added the solid red stripes which complemented the red collar nicely. (It’s unusual for me to make a design adjustment like that on the fly — I usually plan everything out in advance. But I wasn’t sure what to do with this one so I mostly winged it, and made numerous changes along the way.)
Of course, I incorporated a lace-up collar, which is my favorite. It’s actually easier to get consistent results with that format as opposed to a V-neck collar, which is hard to get symmetrical and to look good. I was able to find a perfect red lace in the correct length.
The pinstriped fabric is a heavy polyester, so I matched it with a heavy solid-white material. It’s a polyester double-knit, exactly the same as the ultrafil material used on hockey jerseys through the 1990s. I love heavyweight jerseys, and this one definitely feels like a pro model. As always, I included double-reinforced elbows to enhance the pro feel.
I chose “Meteors” as the team name because it felt era-appropriate. The cresting was done with twill. For the front logo, I knew I wanted a fun design similar to a neon motel sign, so I drew out the artist’s palette-style shape and added the team name and some stars.
Since I wanted to keep the color scheme to just red and white, I opted for outline-only numbers with a block shadow:
Overall, this jersey looks and feels like a ’90s team wearing a ’50s throwback. Working with heavy fabrics like this is an absolute joy — much easier than working with thin or shiny fabrics. I have a big piece of teal fabric that’s exactly the same weight as this jersey, so my next project might be another retro jersey in teal and white, which will also suit the era.
Paul here. What a great project! My thanks, as always, to Wafflebored for sharing his inspired designs with us.
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Too good for the Ticker: Oh man, check out this spectacular 1947 photo of Jackie Robinson signing autographs during spring training in Havana, Cuba. Magnificent!
(Surprised to hear that the Dodgers were training in Havana? You can learn more about that here.)
Podcast reminder: Why are so many people who are into uniforms and logos also into collecting stuff? What’s the difference between collecting and hoarding? What did Chris Creamer and I collect when we were kids? What do we collect now? And what does all of this have to do with the 1987 movie Throw Momma From the Train? Chris and I discuss all of that, along with the NBA’s new alternate unis, MiLB’s new logo, teams wearing green for St. Paddy’s Day, our listener-submitted question of the week, and more in the new episode of Unified.
It’s a really good episode — except that, for the second consecutive week, my vocals came out too echo-y, which is frustrating and embarrassing. We’re taking steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen again (please, no suggestions about mic settings, soundproofing foam, recording in a closet etc.) — thanks for your patience on that front.
The show notes from this episode, which include photos of many of the things we discussed, are here. Those photos (and some additional ones) also appear in the video version of the episode:
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Enjoy the episode, and thanks for listening.
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New merch reminder: In case you missed it earlier this week, I’ve teamed up once again with Adelph Wear — the brand run by longtime Uni Watch reader Nathan Haas — to create a new line of Uni Watch hockey jerseys (customizable with your choice of number and NOB, of course), as well as new Uni Watch socks and stirrups. We’re taking pre-orders on them now.
In order to get in on these items, you must place your pre-order by March 31. You can do that here. We expect the finished product to ship out by the end of April.
My thanks, as always, for your consideration.
Finally: Yesterday Mary and I got to do something we hadn’t been able to do for more than a year: visit my mom, whose assisted living facility has been in total lockdown since the pandemic hit and just started allowing visitors a week ago.
The circumstances weren’t ideal. The visit, which we had to set up well in advance, was limited to 30 minutes (we stretched it to about 45) and had to take place in the dining hall, with Mom at one end of a six-foot-long table and us on the other end. Masks were required. No hugging or any other physical contact was permitted, which was heartbreaking for all of us.
Despite those limitations, it was so good to see her, and I know it was good for her as well. With my birthday coming up this weekend and hers in a few weeks (she’ll be 97!), this is the best present either of us could have hoped for.
I know many of you have likewise been separated from your loved ones for the past year. Here’s hoping you get to reunite with them soon, just as I did with my mom yesterday.
By Anthony Emerson
Baseball News: Triple-A will test bigger bases this season (thanks, Phil). … Also from Phil: The famous fish tanks behind home plate at Marlins Park have been removed, which seems like a disappointing move. … The Mets wore their green St. Paddy’s Day cap again yesterday (from multiple readers). … The new RBI Baseball 21 video game shows Cleveland wearing what appears to be a new white home alternate with “Cleveland” lettering, similar to the road jersey. I guess we’ll see soon enough if this exists in the real world (from Bryan Shaw). … Here’s a good article about the company that’s making custom-painted bats for many MLB players (from Akul Nishawala and our own Brinke Guthrie). … Also posted in the hockey section: Did you know Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros had a tryout with the Blue Jays in 1990? He even had a baseball card made (from Brandon Weir). … MLB.com has a great article on Dave Parker’s famous “Boys Boppin'” T-shirt. … The local paper in Sylva, N.C., has a cool story about the sleuthing work used to identify the historical team that wore a vintage uniform that recently resurfaced in the town (from Kary Klismet_. … New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wore a split Yankees/Mets mask while announcing yesterday that those teams would be able to have a limited number of live fans when the MLB season starts next month (from @ScottyBeats86 and @bryanwdc). … The Atlantic League’s new franchise in Gastonia, N.C. — the Gastonia Honey Hunters — have unveiled their new unis (thanks, Phil).
NFL News: New Lions QB Jared Goff will continue to wear No. 16, which is the same number that he wore with the Rams (thanks, Phil).
Hockey News: Here’s a good article about how 20 years ago, Penguins G Johan Hedberg became a fan favorite due to his Manitoba Moose mask (from Joe Werner). … There were a number of NOB irregularities during the 1974 Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and the Flyers. The six photos in that sequence are from Games One through Six, respectively, and they show that some games had both teams wearing NOBs, other games had just one team wearing them, and still other games had neither team wearing them (from Jeff Ingalls). … Cross-posted from the baseball section: Did you know Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros had a tryout with the Blue Jays in 1990? He even had a baseball card made (from Brandon Weir).
Hoops News: New Suns G/F Torrey Craig will wear No. 12 (from Etienne Catalan). … The 2022 March Madness logo has been revealed (from Forster Keenoy). … Jeez, do you think there are there enough patches on the Oklahoma State jerseys? (From @brw07.)
Soccer News: Manchester United’s 2021-22 away kit will apparently be inspired by the club’s famous early-’90s away kit (from Charles George). … FootyHeadlines has gotten their hands on Juventus’s 2021-22 third kit. … They’ve also gotten their hands on Real Madrid’s new away kit (thanks, Phil). … Swedish side Malmö FF have unveiled their 2021 kits (from Ed Żelaski). … USL League One has unveiled locally inspired “Culture Collection” kits for eight of its teams and will give away full uniforms to six fans of the winning team in an online bracket-style competition to determine the best design (from Kary Klismet). … New kits for the Madagascar national team (from Trevor Williams and Germán Cabrejo). … During last night’s Dominican Republic/Mexico match, the Dominican No. 7’s number appeared very off center, as if the jersey had originally been No. 17 (from Ty Ortega).
Grab Bag: A federal appeals court has issued a memo stating a preference that briefs be submitted in certain serif typefaces. Ironically, the memo itself is in a sans serif typeface (from Jason Hillyer). … The Australian Football League is allowing back-of-guernsey ads for the second season in a row, above the number. Here’s how it looks on the Western Bulldogs, who have moved their traditional F.F.C. inscription — a reference to their founding name, Footscray Football Club — to the front of their guernseys (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … New athletics logo for Michigan City (Ind.) High (from Kary Klismet). … @walbergLines shared a fascinating article about how superstitions around women’s clothes in Myanmar have basically stopped security forces from attacking protesters in the wake of February’s military coup d’état.
That’s it for this week. I have big birthday plans for this weekend (well, as big as the pandemic will allow). However you’re spending your weekend, make it a good one, enjoy Phil’s content over the next two days, and I’ll see you back here on Monday — a year older (and hopefully wiser). — Paul