One of our nephews had a birthday this past month and while trying to figure out what to get or make for him someone told us he wanted a football jersey (American football, that is). I love making stuff for the kids even though I know they will grow out of it way too fast, so I was excited that this seemed to be something I could handle easily.
The fabric I used was a synthetic of some sort, a deep blue athletic-style fabric that my best friend gave me as part of a birthday gift many years ago. I've used bits and pieces of it here and there but it really seemed to be waiting for this as its fate.
|Stretch & Sew 861|
Now, I've never made a football jersey before unless you count the tiny one I made for my husband's office event a while back. So I pulled up some pics via Google Image search for visual aids and perused one of my pattern boxes for a starting place. In there I found this Stretch & Sew pattern that I got from some friends when they were downsizing their sewing supplies. While the fabric I was using was not stretchy this was still a really good place to start.
I cut a rough shape based on the pattern, but altered the shape of the sleeve a bit to be more square like the jersey pics I'd been seeing online. Yeah, we're not really a very sports-oriented family so neither of us has or really feels the need to have a sports jersey. Oh well, that's what online resources are for! :)
With the whole thing cut out I made some small alterations to the shape of the sleeves to match the size of the armscye and started to put it together.
I went ahead and put the neckline in...
...and almost immediately noted that it looked waaaay too small for my nephew's head. So, I cut the whole neckline out and reshaped it and stitched a new one in. Then I attached the sleeves and seamed the sides and hems.
Finally, my husband carefully cut out and taped on some stencils and painted some fun letters and numbers on the back.
|the birthday boy|
He seemed more excited about it after his mother told him what it was, but he was pretty distracted by all of the cool fireman-themed gifts he received. That's fair. :) Here's hoping it fits and he doesn't outgrow it immediately lol
Have a great start to the week!