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Uni Watch DIY Project: The Star(s) Treatment

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[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest entry from Tom Qualls (that’s him above; no relation to Jimmy, I hope), who recently DIY’d himself an excellent St. Louis Stars Negro Leagues jersey. Enjoy. ”” PL]

By Tom Qualls

Last summer, as I settled in to watch my 100th Cardinals game of the summer on TV, I realized that my beloved Redbirds were wearing some magnificent St. Louis Stars Negro Leagues throwbacks. As soon as I saw them, I knew I must have one. Problem is, short of buying one that was auctioned off after the game, there was no supply. That’s where my new sewing skills came into play.

First I went to Epic Sports and ordered a gray jersey with navy pinstripes, made by a company called Alleson. I was on my own for the placket/collar piping, as I was never able to successfully locate one with the piping already sewn on. As for the uni number, some research indicated that the St. Louis Stars’ best player was Cool Papa Bell and that he wore No. 17, so that’s what I decided to go with.

First I had to find the right font for the chest lettering and create a template. I printed out two of those, cut out the inside white for the smaller, blue letters and cut around the gray for the outline. Next, I did the same for the 1, the 7, and the sleeve embellishments.

After I cut out the chest lettering, I laid it out on the jersey to make sure I liked the size and look. Then I used my stencils to trace everything out onto twill fabric.

Next I cut everything out. I had both some iron-on and adhesive twill so I used the adhesive for the top layer and iron-on for the lower layer. I find it’s easier to use the adhesive to stick the two layers together, because you can easily peel off the top layer and reset it if you mess up (which wouldn’t be possible if you’d used iron-on for the top layer). And I use the iron-on to adhere the letters to the jersey itself because it doesn’t move around when I’m trying to sew.

Now it was time to sew the layers together. I hand-cranked every stitch for the chest lettering because there were roughly zero straight lines on them.

After sewing all of the letters and numbers together, I worked on the piping. I had no idea what I was doing, so I just laid some ribbon down and started putting stitches in it. I didn’t adhere it to the jersey in any way before I began. It was going well so I kept going and made it all the way around with one long piece of ribbon. It bunched up slightly around the turns near the top button, but nothing too noticeable. I also added two small colored stitches at each end of the ribbon. No particular reason for this — just a nice little detail for myself, but that’s what Uni Watch is all about, right?

After I got the piping on, I ironed everything onto the jersey and stitched it using the same technique I used to sew the letters and numbers together. I was extremely pleased with the result. The chest lettering, the sleeve star, the sleeve number, and the back number all turned out exactly as I wanted them to.

If you see me down at Busch Stadium this summer, you can bet this is the jersey I’ll be wearing.

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By any other name: Paul here. My latest vintage uni acquisition is this jersey from a florist’s baseball team (click images to enlarge):




It’s cotton twill, not wool. I love the colors, natch, but I also love lots of other things about it, including the endearingly clunky chest insignia, the chain-stitched “Florist” in the swash (that’s the proper term for it, gang — swash, not swoosh), and the magnificent rose sleeve patch (moth hole and all). A real beauty, no?

I was curious about Lamanna Florist, so I did a bit of research. Further details on that are available over on Permanent Record.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Everyone got all excited yesterday because Dolphins safety Sean Smith leaked a photo of a Miami’s new Nike jersey. Exciting! Except the photo only shows part of one sleeve, and it looks pretty much the same as the orange jersey we’ve seen before. Not so exciting! ”¦ Ads on MLB uniforms? Turns out that happened way back in 1911 (from Todd Radom). … Todd has also found yet another case of a World Series team wearing an alternate uni. This time it’s the 1917 Giants, who normally dressed like this. … Manzell Blakeley, inspired by my Meats and Franks T-shirts, has come up with a Mariners-themed concept. Not bad! … Superb article by the great Steve Rushin on the visual aspects of the March Madness (big thanks to Jeff Mayer). … Lots of photos from the Liverpool Football Club’s official print archive here (from Thomas Moore). ”¦ Not often that you see eye black and glasses together (from Judd Allan). ”¦ There’s ugly camo and then there’s really ugly camo (from Joe Coveney). ”¦ Check it out: Lego Steelers logo (from Art Savokinas). ”¦ Someone has done a bunch of redesign concepts for every NHL team (from Pascal Hudon). ”¦ Good photo of Joey Votto’s jersey being lettered up (from Michael Martin). ”¦ Love this hockey magazine cover (nice find by Pat Sharon). ”¦ New logo for Colorado Mesa University. “It looks like a depressed overweight cow instead of a rough, mean maverick like the old logo,” says Dom Lewis. ”¦ Here’s a great site devoted to police patches (from Brady Graham). ”¦ No more third jersey for the Sabres, which is a pity — I liked that design (from Mike Cline Jr.).

157 comments to Uni Watch DIY Project: The Star(s) Treatment

  • BurghFan | March 15, 2012 at 7:33 am |

    I’m inclined to doubt that the 1911 Giants ever played with those caps on.

    • Paul Lukas | March 15, 2012 at 7:35 am |

      Duh. But it’s still a fascinating photo.

      • BurghFan | March 15, 2012 at 8:06 am |

        It’s fascinating, but a promotional photo like that is a long way from what I think of as “Ads on MLB uniforms”.

      • teenchy | March 15, 2012 at 8:28 am |

        Interesting in that pic that Matty has his cap on backwards while Chief Meyers doesn’t have one on at all. Early form of subtle protest?

        On topic of World Series alts please see my post yesterday linking this Shorpy photo, which supposedly shows the Nats wearing that non-pinstriped home uni in August 1924.

      • Geeman | March 15, 2012 at 10:17 am |

        Great photo. And why is one guy wearing “NC” on his jersey? A ringer from North Carolina, perhaps? Is that “NC” in Carolina blue?

  • Pierre | March 15, 2012 at 7:36 am |

    Good grief…that’s a big-ass Nike swoosh on the sleeve of that orange Dolphins jersey!

    Tom Qualls…beautiful DIY job.

    • Kevin G. | March 15, 2012 at 8:50 am |

      My first thought on that Dolphins jersey was the size of the swoosh as well. It’s almost as big as the dolphin on the sleeve.

      • Andy | March 15, 2012 at 9:14 am |

        The size of the logo is mandated by the league, so it’s almsot certainly no larger than the Reebok logo was.

        • Ry Co 40 | March 15, 2012 at 9:50 am |

          very good point… tricks the eyes

          so during the season when we’re all watchig games thinking “look how huge the mark looks” it’s no bigger then the other dreaded mark…

        • jdreyfuss | March 15, 2012 at 11:18 am |

          The swoosh uses more substantial lines than the vector, so it probably looks bigger even at the same size.

        • The Jeff | March 15, 2012 at 11:43 am |

          Yeah, it’s an optical illusion.

          I actually grabbed a swoosh and a reebok logo and tossed them into paintshop intending to show that the swoosh was wider at the same height (and thus bigger)… and it isn’t. They’re almost the exact same size.

          I’d have rather seen them go with the single swoosh on the front, like they did in the mid 90’s, instead of having swooshes on both sleeves. Ah well.

        • JTH | March 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm |

          Single swoosh on the front in the mid-90s? You got an example of that? I don’t remember that at all. I only remember sleeve swooshes.

        • Ben Fortney | March 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm |

          Swooshes were on the sleeves also last time they did the NFL.

          Originally their college FB jerseys had a single on the chest

        • The Jeff | March 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm |

          Dammit, I must have my wires crossed. I could’ve sworn they had single upper chest swooshes instead of the sleeves. Maybe it was the replica jerseys of the time. I know I’ve seen NFL jerseys with a swoosh on the front. Now this is going to bother the hell out of me.

        • JTH | March 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm |

          Well, whatever the case, if I had my choice, I’d like to see the NFL follow the NHL’s example — big swoosh over the nameplate rather than the front or the sleeves.

        • The Jeff | March 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm |

          Well, I’m failing to find an NFL jersey, but the swoosh placement I was thinking of is this:

        • Chance Michaels | March 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm |

          College teams, yes. But the NFL limits manufacturer logo placement to jersey sleeves, and has since the first marks were introduced somewhere around the early 1990s (1991 for the Packers).

      • NickV | March 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm |

        Kind of like the current Seahawks on the sleeve being the same size as the Reebok Douche-mark immediately above it. Why not simply one solitary chest logo – put it in place of the useless NFL Equipment logo – as I never thought anyone else played outdoors on a Sunday anyway ….

  • Pierre | March 15, 2012 at 7:39 am |

    I’d like to know the history of the swarthy fellow in the bottom row of the 1911 Giants picture…that kind of multiculturalism seems unusual for the time.

    • scott | March 15, 2012 at 8:15 am |

      Probably John McGraw’s good-luck mascot?

    • Chance Michaels | March 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm |

      He’s wearing trousers, not baseball pants, so I’m guessing that he was some sort of trainer or equipment man.

      That wasn’t unheard of; presumably the “gentlemen’s agreement” didn’t carry to support personnel.

  • Joel Manuel | March 15, 2012 at 7:44 am |

    On the link to the NHL concepts page, the main logo for the Blue Jackets very strongly resembles Stonewall Jackson, who did NOT wear a “blue jacket” during the Civil War. Unless you count the old blue US Army coat he supposedly wore at the First Battle of Bull Run (left over from his regular Army days).

    Sorry, but my Civil War nerd-dom compelled me to comment on that.

    • Kyle Allebach | March 15, 2012 at 8:12 am |

      Is the logo supposed to represent Ulysses S. Grant? That might have been the intended part.

      Also, I don’t get the need for three logos on three jerseys.

      • Joel Manuel | March 15, 2012 at 8:20 am |

        I don’t think it was supposed to be Grant; he didn’t have a long beard during the war (except for the very beginning), and I don’t think he ever wore a kepi.

        • Chris Holder | March 15, 2012 at 9:39 am |

          I agree Joel. I’m a bit of a CW geek myself. That picture looks like it was, if nothing else, inspired by Stonewall. Perhaps the artist Googled “Civil War general” without knowing anything else. Perhaps he’s actually a Southerner who did it as a subtle jab? Either way, it seems hard to imagine that is supposed to be just “Generic Union Soldier” when the look is so similar. Then again, a lot of those dudes had beards. Maybe we’re over-analyzing.

          As for the designs themselves, I’m not a hockey guy, but a lot of those are REALLY good. I love how the artist uses so many different colors. Lord knows color variety is something that’s mostly missing from the major sports.

        • Kyle Allebach #school | March 15, 2012 at 10:04 am |

          I think the dude is French or French Canadian…

        • jdreyfuss | March 15, 2012 at 11:21 am |

          I’m going with Kyle here. I wouldn’t expect someone from another country to identify our civil war generals (other than maybe Grant or Lee) any more than I’d expect most Americans to identify any general from the English civil war other than Oliver Cromwell.

        • Chris Holder | March 15, 2012 at 11:25 am |

          Oliver Cromwell… he fought against that William Wallace fella, didn’t he?

          I keed, I keed…

        • Rob S | March 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm |

          That’ll do, Chris… that’ll do.

  • BSmile | March 15, 2012 at 8:05 am |

    Really nice DIY with that St. Louis Stars jersey Tom.
    Cheers! ~B

    • John English | March 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm |

      Awesome job Tom – and thanks for the detail in your how-to and the tip on Epic Sports. Just ordered a blank for me to make my first try…going for the white ’85 A’s throwback they wore last year.

      • Thomas | March 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm |

        Nice, that will look sweet. A lot of straight lines on that OAKLAND text too so that’s a great place to start.

  • Larry T | March 15, 2012 at 8:08 am |

    Impressive DIY project.


    • Juke Early | March 15, 2012 at 10:13 am |

      Agreed — nice work Tom {xlnt cap too}. AND good get Paul. Rose patch is sweet despite some long dead moth. . ..

    • BrianC | March 15, 2012 at 10:27 am |

      One of the best I’ve ever seen!

    • Thomas | March 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm |

      Thanks y’all!

  • BurghFan | March 15, 2012 at 8:09 am |

    On that 1911 Giants photo, what’s the NC sweater in the front row?

    • scottj | March 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm |

      Answer to both your question and the one posited above, courtesy of Keith Olbermann of all people.

      • BurghFan | March 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm |

        Thanks. And it’d not at all surprising that a baseball nerd like Olbermann would have that info.

    • NickV | March 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm |

      Maybe it’s an “N.O.” sweater – New Orleans Pelicans? Maybe?

  • Kyle Allebach | March 15, 2012 at 8:09 am |

    That’s a really awesome St. Louis Stars jersey! I’m guessing that the numbers are supposed to mismatch huh?

    • Thomas | March 15, 2012 at 9:11 am |

      Yep, blue with red trim on the front and back and red with blue trim on the sleeves. Thanks!

  • Jim MI | March 15, 2012 at 8:11 am |

    Some interesting uni designs for the NHL concepts page. Especially the Calgary one with the ‘moderized’ logo. Makes the ‘C’ looks almost furry. Resembles a head you’d find on a Muppet or something. Also, the Anaheim ones hurt my eyeballs.

    I do like the Nashville ones, plus the St Louis and Vancouver thirds.

  • traxel | March 15, 2012 at 8:42 am |

    I’ll be looking for you this summer, Tom. Great job!

    So, Nike is putting sleeves back on jerseys?

    • Thomas | March 15, 2012 at 9:12 am |

      I’ll have my stirrups on as well, FYI. If you find me we’ll seek out a vendor and I’ll buy you a Busch.

      • JTH | March 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm |

        That sounds like a threat.

        • Thomas | March 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm |

          You shut your filthy mouth! Busch is delicious!

        • traxel | March 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm |

          Yer on! Everyone who’s been there knows it’s not Bud Stadium. JTH is Old Style. Which hasn’t seem to work in 100+ years.

    • jdreyfuss | March 15, 2012 at 11:23 am |

      If they’re using the PC construction template or a modified version of it there won’t be any super-stretchies, so there won’t be any sleeveless jerseys.

  • walter | March 15, 2012 at 9:15 am |

    Tom, INCREDIBLE job on that St. Louis Jersey. WOW. The thing that bowled me over was the professional quality on the stitching. And it proves pinstripes on a road uniform *can* be a good thing.

    • Thomas | March 15, 2012 at 9:19 am |

      Hell yeah, the pins and the piping on that jersey drew me to it immediately. Then the simplicity (no real logo other than the sleeve star). And finally the fact that it just said ‘ST. LOUIS’.

      • Davis J | March 15, 2012 at 9:24 am |

        GREAT JOB, Tom! The little red stitches on the bottom are a handsome touch, and I’m a big fan of the product placement shot in the tracing step. Congratulations, and I’m glad you’re happy with the result. It’s very satisfying to make something unique for yourself, isn’t it?

        • Paul Lukas | March 15, 2012 at 9:32 am |

          I must add that I *love* the little red stitches at the base of the piping. A really great touch, even if they’re only “just because.”

        • Thomas | March 15, 2012 at 9:39 am |

          So satisfying. And we can say the red stitches “add reinforcement” if they must have a purpose. Also, as a father of two under the age of 3, late Friday nights (I’m a crazy partier) are about the only time I get to work on these things so a few “products” are usually involved.

        • Ry Co 40 | March 15, 2012 at 9:57 am |

          dude, the piping is amongst the best i’ve seen! the whole jersey is perfect too. very clean, very professional. as always… amazing job TQ!

          i knew coach would love the red stitch detail

        • CoachKing | March 15, 2012 at 10:37 am |

          In the middle of a DIY jersey myself and I am blown away by the job you did on the piping.

          Did you cut the twill yourself and how did you get it so precise? When I was trying to cut a script logo I couldn’t cut the twill precise enough to prevent fraying before I could sew it. I finally found someone on eBay that could cut it for a very reasonable fee.

        • Thomas | March 15, 2012 at 11:18 am |

          I cut all the twill myself. For the numbers and star I use an exacto knife and a ruler to keep the lines as straight as possible. For the lettering and any script I cut it all with a tiny pair of scissors that I found laying around the house. Helps me get into the tight spaces and around precarious corners.

          Are you using straight up twill? Or a poly-twill? I know Ry Co 40 had a disaster DIY that involved fraying when he used plain twill.

          I use a poly-twill that I get from Stahl’s online.

          Feel free to email me at tqualls9 at gmail dot com if you have any questions. I’d be happy to answer. That’s how I found out about all of this, just sent a random email one day!

        • Matt Beahan | March 15, 2012 at 11:21 am |

          Yeah, not to repeat what everyone else’s said, but that’s an awesome-looking jersey. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it was a professional reproduction.

        • Mark in Shiga | March 16, 2012 at 10:08 am |

          Forgive the echo, but what a great job you did, Tom. I love the contrasting-colored numbers on the back!

          As a Cubs fan, if I were making a Negro League jersey, I’d pick the dark blue Chicago American Giants jersey from the 1920s; the White Sox wore it in a throwback game once. Same pinstripe-and-piping look!

    • Bob A. | March 15, 2012 at 10:40 am |

      Can only echo what’s been said. Just a fantastic job, Tom.

  • obbs | March 15, 2012 at 9:26 am |

    I’m not very good with my hands so I’m always impressed by the DIY projects. That jersey looks awesome. Great job Tom.

  • concealed78 | March 15, 2012 at 9:28 am |

    Excellent job, Tom! Great photos – and that’s what I love seeing on Uni Watch.

  • Connie | March 15, 2012 at 9:32 am |

    Lamanna Florists… Lamanna Florists… Dang it, Paul, you are amassing one of the great collections of vernacular American creativity. No kidding, that rose in the shield on the sleeve: whoa.

    Tom, of course, is a crazed, warped honored member of our little e-asylum here, and there were lots (and lots) of cool stuff on the ticker, but today is a rough sked for Connie International Industries, so gotta run.

    • Paul Lukas | March 15, 2012 at 9:39 am |

      Yeah, that rose patch is really special. Glad you like, Conn!

    • interlockingtc | March 15, 2012 at 9:40 am |

      Yeah, that rose sleeve patch is mighty fine!

      • Chance Michaels | March 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm |

        Shouldn’t that be “My-T Fine”? ;)

        • JTH | March 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm |


  • TOMtiger | March 15, 2012 at 10:03 am |

    the nfl jersey looked kind of strange with the swoosh on it. it should be interesting to see all the designs on April 3rd.

    i think the real question this NFL season is if Peyton will wear # 18 or 16 for the TITANS this season!

    go titans

    • elgato11x | March 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm |

      If he goes to the Titans, I’d like to see him switch to #16, as would probably everyone in TN. But anywhere else, i think he should stay #18.

    • BurghFan | March 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm |

      I’m old enough that NFL (and other league) jerseys look strange with any manufacturer’s logo on them.

  • Kyle Lamers | March 15, 2012 at 11:17 am |

    The DIY project from today’s article rekindled my interest in Negro League memorabilia. I have spent the better part of the last hour trying to find a good place to possibly get some Negro League team hats. Unfortunately, I can’t really find a website that has a really good selection. I would like the hat to be authentic both in the design and materials. Do you know of any good websites by any chance?

    • Thomas | March 15, 2012 at 11:20 am |

      That’s about as authentic as it gets I believe. Not sure if they have the team you’re looking for, but they have an excellent selection and use all original materials.

      • Kyle Lamers | March 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm |

        Thanks a lot! I completely overlooked Ebbets!

  • Matt | March 15, 2012 at 11:21 am |

    Very nice DIY jersey. Now you just need some navy-blue buttons.

    • Thomas | March 15, 2012 at 11:38 am |

      I know! Maybe one rainy day I’ll tear those off and add some blue ones. Seems simple enough. Alright I’ll do it tonight!

  • DenverGregg | March 15, 2012 at 11:57 am |

    Slight quibble with “Someone has done a bunch of redesign concepts for every NHL team (from Pascal Hudon)”. There are 22 current teams on his list and one defunct team (Atlanta Thrashers), leaving off the Avs, Oilers, Black Hawks, Flyers, Jets, Panthers, Hurricanes and Habs.

    That being said, there are some great concepts there, particularly Pens, Wild, Predators, Devils, Sens and Rangers 3d.

  • Logan | March 15, 2012 at 11:59 am |

    I don’t know if it will interest anyone, but I found a good group of old sports photos from the website for the San Diego History Center.

    • Chance Michaels | March 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm |

      Oh, I think you’ll find it interests us.


    • Davis J | March 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm |

      I think “interested” is an understatement…

  • rm2283 | March 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm |

    I’ve notices in the last few weeks a lot of retailers here (Maryland) are having everything must go sales on Ravens jerseys and Reebok merchandise.

    Ravens jerseys were buy 1, get 1 free and everything else was buy 1, get 1 50% off.

    I was wondering if other NFL jerseys were being sold at similar discounts or if this was unique or almost unique to the Ravens. If only a few teams are doing this, you could guess that maybe those were the teams changing their jerseys more radically than others.

    I just don’t think that merchandisers would sell jerseys at such a discount if the only thing that will change is the logo.

    • DenverGregg | March 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm |

      Broncos jerseys are steeply discounted, but with the switch back to orange and so many name players on their way out, that’s no surprise.

      • rm2283 | March 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm |

        That’s why I’m thinking the Ravens will have a fairly complete uni overhaul too. No retailer would offer buy one get one free on Ray Rice/Ray Lewis jerseys if the Nike unis would be the same look, just a different logo.

        It’s not like the Ravens have a “timeless” look like the Packers, Bears, Steelers, etc… Their uniforms look dated and like the 90s unis they are.

        • Chance Michaels | March 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm |

          The Packers too are offering steep discounts (50%+) on their jerseys.

          It has less to do with impending overhauls than needing to clear all the Reebok stuff off the shelves to make way for Nike products, even nearly-identical Nike products.

        • JTH | March 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm |

          Interesting. The Bears are offering no such discount.

          Perhaps the Packers are doing something a little different this year. With any luck, they’ll be getting rid of those collar stripes.

  • Frankie | March 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm |

    Two things I noticed about the Dolphins jersey that I think ARE reasons to get excited…

    1 – It looks like those are close to proper sleeves on the jersey.

    2 – As a result, the stripes on the end of the Dolphins’ sleeves are still present, as opposed to being left off entirely to aid the tight cut of the sleeves previously done with the Reebok uniforms.

    Also, note that it appears as if the jersey is over a set of shoulder pads, so it is most likely a game jersey, and not a retail one, which would mean the 2 changes I noted are more likely to be seen on field.

    • Gazzoo | March 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm |

      Deosn’t it look like the should number is missing?

      • Gazzoo | March 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm |

        I meant “shoulder”

      • JTH | March 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm |

        You can see the lower-left portion of the 2. The tail of the swoosh points directly at it.

        I think the author of that blurb has misidentified it as the nameplate. “…although it looks like the name plate on the back might have an extra, navy blue outline.

    • Douglas | March 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

      I think they have a new font, and have gone from a Navy drop-shadow to a second outline.

      I say it looks like a new font because whatever that is that can be seen on top of the shoulder (I’m fairly certain its a number) looks rounded not angle-y, and the number you can see on the front similary looks more curvy. Granted this could be just the angle playing tricks on me.

      • JTH | March 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm |

        I don’t know if I agree with you about the roundedness. I’m not seeing enough of the number to make that determination. I’m not saying you’re wrong, but if I had to bet, I’d say they’re sticking with block numbers.

        You might be on to something with the dropshadow (or lack thereof), but again, we’re not seeing enough of the number.

        Also, the Dolphins’ TV number dropshadows aren’t particularly heavy in the first place.

        • Simply Moono | March 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm |

          Actually, it was relatively heavy before they tweaked it in 2007. I just hope that they ditch the Athletic Block font in favor of a REAL block font.

    • Andy | March 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm |

      There are two cuts of jerseys. One’s with sleeves and cuffs, and one’s with armholes. You will see both. Not sure if we’ll see the long billowy Peyton Manning sleeves.

      • Andy | March 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm |

        Whoops. Apostrophe misuse.

      • Frankie | March 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm |

        Yes, there were two different sleeve treatments with Reebok. If you look at pictures of Sean Smith (who tweeted the picture of his new Nike jersey) from the past couple years, his jersey has never included the sleeve stripes. They do in the picture. Thus, my belief that there is a good chance that they will appear on all jerseys this year.

  • LobShots | March 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm |

    A valiant effort on the Steelers LEGO logo, but I’m afraid it pales in comparison to this Chargers LEGO logo:

    • Dumb Guy | March 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm |


    • The Jeff | March 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm |

      When did Lego start making light blue pieces? Those are actually Megablocks, not Lego, aren’t they?

      • JTH | March 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm |

        Those are not Mega Bloks.

        They look like Duplo blocks to me.

        • Simply Moono | March 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm |

          DUPLO?! I’ll Duplo you in the nutbag if… oh, forget it.

  • Al | March 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm |

    In a Goodell type move, it looks like the NCAA is going with the uniform court again this year. To me this removes some character from the games, plus with the simultaneous games and CBS potentially jumping between games, you lose the advantage of a courts appearance id’ing the matchup. The could at least use the “host” schools colors.

    • DJ | March 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm |

      Just look along the baseline. On the left baseline (as viewed on TV), they print the city; on the right, the arena name. “Above” both, in the corner, is the logo of the host school/conference.

      • Al | March 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm |

        1. The Blue on Black at the baselines is not very clear.
        2. I see the school logo, but not enough.
        3. I realize they always have score listed if i want to see who is playing
        4. I guess i needed something to complain about.
        5. I still don’t like it.

        • pflava | March 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm |

          I’m with you – hate the homegenized black/blue courts. Seeing the home court of the host school or arena really gave the games some character. The new courts just feel…corporate.

        • DJ | March 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm |

          They want a “unified appearance” throughout the regions. Also, I recall reading here a couple of years ago that by bringing in brand new floors, they take away any discrepancies between floors (some of the regular courts get heavy work, others, such as at the Consol Energy Center, less so).

          If you’re nostalgic for the old non-uniform look, watch the women’s tournament.

  • JTH | March 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm |

    Tom, if you don’t mind me asking, what was the total cost of your materials for this job?

    • Thomas | March 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm |

      Jersey – $30
      Thread – $5/each, 2 colors
      Twill – $9/yard, 2 colors

      But for the thread and twill I have a ton left over (I actually already had it for other stuff that I’ve done) for use on many more projects. So really my only expense was the jersey. And all the Natties I drank.

      • John English | March 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm |

        That’s awesome.

    • Ricko | March 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm |

      Nice job on that jersey, Tom. Really great.

  • Boxcarvibe | March 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm |

    For Negro League caps, used to have a wide variety of caps constructed just like they used to make them.

    Now it appears that the Ideal Cap Company owns the site and, due to licensing rights I’m sure, has a less variety avaiable.

    But you tell me…go to that site and tell me you won’t get excited by that Home Page! YEAH!

    • Davis J | March 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm |

      I can see how that site could become a huge time vampire…

  • Ry Co 40 | March 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm |

    hate to be a downer on such a great DIY post day, but those NHL redesigns/tweaks are just fast food designs. flavor, character, originality, and degree of cleverness is at a serious minimum.

    just because you can… doesn’t mean you should…

    all IMO of course!

    • walter | March 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm |

      In a way, I agree with you; its tedious to plow through a massive project in order to mine the rubies from the mountain of rocks. But if I design for pleasure, I don’t give myself credit for saying, “you know, the original is perfection; I wouldn’t change a thing”. It’s natural for artists to tinker even with perfect things, all the while acknowledging their pristine nature. I have to know, “how would I have done the Yankees/Penn State/the Canadiens?” Ultimately, jersey tweaks and concepts (almost) never get off the drawing board, so I think of it as no harm, no foul.

      • Ry Co 40 | March 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm |

        i don’t know… i hate to see someone/anyone with all that talent spread themselves too thin on a project like this, and not one thing stands out (save for a “who the hell is on the blue jackets uniform anyway” convo)…

  • Mike | March 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm |

    Anybody know what the patch is for that K-State is wearing above the NCAA patch?

    • traxel | March 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm |

      I forgot but they’ve worn it for several years now.

  • Frankie | March 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm |

    All that needs to be said about pajama pants in MLB…

  • Christopher F. | March 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm |

    Not to be picky, but that site didn’t redesign *every* NHL team. 23 of them.

  • signifyin' monkey | March 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm |

    Now that the Sabres have joined the Blackhawks and ditched the third, can we call this a trend and have the NHL return to whites at home?

    • Tim E. O'B | March 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm |

      No and no.

    • jcn7vc | March 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm |

      I would love to see whites at home again, if only because it is self-serving. The only jersey I like in the current Avs kit is the white one. The colored jersey has never looked as good to me, and the new alternate is absolute “smurf” crap!

    • Rob S | March 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm |

      Going from 22/30 to 20/30 isn’t much of a trend. Though I would still like to see them go back to whites at home.

    • Dane | March 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm |

      Down to 19. The Florida Panthers will wear their alternate jerseys for the final time this weekend.

      • Dane | March 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm |

        Sorry, next weekend vs. Edmonton.

    • interlockingtc | March 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm |

      Yes, whites at home, if there is a just God. I’m not so sure…..

  • jcn7vc | March 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm |

    Tom, what a masterpiece! I love pinstripes on road grays, which is why I dislike that the Rockies reverted to solid grays this year. I don’t think there are any pinstriped grays left in the league, but maybe a few photos of this jersey will prompt some redesigns in the next few years.

    • Thomas | March 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |

      Well pass it along then! I completely agree with you about the pinstriped roadies. A lost art. And piping with pins? I mean, just *look* at it! Gorgeous!

      • JTH | March 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm |

        The sleeve/placket piping makes all the difference in the world.

        I don’t know why, but pins on a plain gray jersey just seem wrong to me. Add the headspoon, and it’s a quality look.

      • walter | March 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm |

        No argument here! Pinstripes make the fabric darker, an asset if you’re the visitor.

  • Jake H | March 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm |

    Tom, amazing! I am very impressed with your attention to detail and meticulous craftsmanship, you’ve gotten me all inspired to take on a similar project myself. I really enjoyed reading this one, I especially loved how you really didn’t even have to stitch anything on, but for visual purposes it was absolutely necessary.

    Props to you Sir,
    ~ Jake

  • Jake H | March 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm |

    On another note I’m really digging Long Beach State’s Uniforms, well the script and number font at least. Anyone else agree?

    • Jim Vilk | March 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm |

      Agree. I’d wear those.

      I’d also wear Tom’s awesome DIY jersey. Great job!

  • Steve Naismith | March 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm |

    Finally, a professional-quality DIY project. Anyone thinking of submitting a DIY project to this site should take note – THIS is how it’s done. Kudos to Tom.

  • traxel | March 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm |

    I’m currently in 3,469,045th place on the ESPN bracket challenge.

  • Phil Hecken | March 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm |

    sweet, so i come home to find out i’m 8/8 in the pool

    only to find out there are (in the first pool, don’t know if we have more) 192 others who are also 8/8

    it’s better, of course, than the alternative, and at this point last year, i think i was 4/8 (but a lot of upsets the first day)

    • Tim E. O'B | March 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm |

      Not s single upset yet (read: boring) but the end of that Syracuse game was criminal, and it may come out that I’m not using that word figuratively.

      The NCAA at MINIMUM needs to review that game and suspend that officiating crew for the rest of the tournament. Lots of crucial poor choices and bad calls by Big East refs…

  • Rex | March 15, 2012 at 7:31 pm |

    Sweet St. Louis jersey

  • Simply Moono | March 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm |

    I’ll join in on the “spam-the-comments-about-the-St. Louis-jersey” party, too. I really like the navy twill edged in red, love the red bits at the bottom end of the placket piping, and so much more! The left-hand (our right, looking at the picture[s]) portion of the placket piping is a little botched, but that’s okay. It just adds to the organic feel of a handmade jersey, which is an obvious lost art in uniform-making today.

  • Peter S | March 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm |

    The Baylor/South Dakota State game is so ugly, it’s unwatchable. Baylor is wearing toxic green and the Jackrabbits are BFBS.

    • Phil Hecken | March 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm |

      “the jackrabbits and the highlighters”

    • SchuLace | March 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm |

      SDSU has been wearing black for a few years now, before it was BFBS. I want to say something like 6 or 7 years that they have had black uniforms.

    • Jim Vilk | March 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm |

      If SDSU wore these,
      It would be a good matchup.

      But they didn’t.

      So it isn’t.

      I told Phil earlier, I probably wouldn’t wear the Baylor unis, but I don’t mind looking at them.

      • Phil Hecken | March 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm |

        you seem to be attracted to shiny objects

        • Jim Vilk | March 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm |

          You got that right.

        • Phil Hecken | March 15, 2012 at 10:36 pm |

          chance at the &1?

        • Jim Vilk | March 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm |

          The Oregon NIT game gets that. ;)

          Nah, the Ducks looked OK. I got a couple of &1 contenders in mind, so we’ll see.

  • Brinke | March 15, 2012 at 8:20 pm |

    you know that movie Independance Day—where the big ass ship hovers over the city, then blasts it to bits?

    I’m thinking on Apr 3, that’s what happens–a big huge Swoosh hovers over……Brooklyn.


    Phil, be standing by to pick up the pieces.

    • Phil Hecken | March 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm |

      except that reedidas is worse than nike

      and the nfl isn’t gonna put up with their shit like the colleges will

      besides, they can only improve seattle, arizona, atlanta, minnesota, jacksonville, carolina, cincinnati, tennessee, and st. looie…there’s a few teams they could fuck up that aren’t all that great, but the untouchables…

      well, they’re untouchable

      • traxel | March 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm |

        Some of those teams have okay sets, if they’d just wear them. The Rams non-mono look fine (though I prefer the old athletic gold) and the Titans look good in light blue pants and white jerseys. I don’t even mind the Seahawks non-mono except for the blue helmet. But since they do it all wrong a lot of the time, yes, blow them up.

  • Wheels | March 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm |

    Baylor basketball: Just say no, to day glo.

  • trevor | March 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm |

    Ernie Johnson just said in reference to Baylor, “Now back to the Jackrabbits and the Highlighters.”

  • Rydell | March 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm |

    redesign concepts are always fun to look at, love’em!, but only because they will never be true. Logos like the Blues or Devils and Rangers (Flames etc) can be messed with of course, hey its a free country, but never taken seriously. It’s all in good fun, right Kadri??

  • Attila Szendrodi | March 16, 2012 at 1:35 am |

    If the NHL teams wore those re-designs (especially the Ducks) I might actually watch hockey. Most of them are gorgeous.

  • Ryan | March 16, 2012 at 1:52 am |

    Here’s some fun brackets in PDF format that Slate came up with, with teams listed by mascot/logo on one and school colors on the other, rather than by school name and seed.

    Also, a subjective article about the first round matchups by nickname, and who would win. With voting goodness!