Want to make your own soccer jersey? Well, listen up! The history of the soccer jerseys goes back quite a bit, but isn't too complex. To make a long story short, the Bailiwick of Jersey was famous for its knitting of fabrics and since then we have used the term "jersey" to identify the athletic clothing we use to this day. Your own soccer jersey is derived from that heritage. Interesting, right?
Here's what you need to make a soccer jersey from scratch:
- Generic soccer jerseys
- Sewing machine
- Go buy some regular, plain soccer jerseys. Many athletic stores such as Academy and SoccerLocker sell plain jerseys without all the fancy shmancy nonsense on them. Figure out what colors your team will wear and buy your jerseys according to those hues.
- Buy extra supplies. This includes good looking emblems, numbers, letters and anything else you might find appealing on your own soccer jersey. It's good to pick a variety so supplies won't run short for your ambitious designs (coming up next).
- Sketch out your designs. There should be several versions of your team's jerseys you'd like to go with. In particular, you should work with what you have for the most part. It's nice to draw a flaming dragon with a sword and shield (we know you want to), but that might be very hard to paste on a soccer jersey. For the sake of practicality, work with emblems, colors, small logos, numbers and last names.
- Show the team your designs, see what they think about each one. After all, it's they who are going to be wearing it. It is important to have anywhere between three to five designs that are completely different. If you have five versions of your own soccer jersey that all have a lion standing on two feet with a dildo in hand, it won't give your teammates much of a choice.
- Get sizes. As a rule of thumb, most male soccer players will choose either a small or medium soccer jersey. Still, it is good to have an accurate number for your team's shirt sizes.
- Assemble! Now that all the preparation is done, it's time to assemble the pieces of your soccer jersey. Emblems and logos are a-okay for either gluing or sewing. However, consider using an embroidery company for names and numbers.
Making a soccer jersey from scratch will take patience. Not everyone is a born artist with a creative passion for athletic uniform design. If you don't fit that description, consider handing over the project to a more qualified team member. Good hunting and good luck!