Thursday, May 8, 2014

Football Jerseys: For girls!!

Oh baby, it's draft day.

Although we are still a few months away from official kick off, draft day helps fill the lull between my Lakers not being in the NBA playoffs and preseason beginning. (I know, I know, there's baseball,  which also helps fill the void.)

Well, fellow seamstress/football fan (oh, umm hey, soul sister!) we can also sew up some snazzy game-day jerseys during this (buttcrack of the calendar) time.

I don't know about you, but the idea of wearing a pastel pink shiny jersey to sport my allegiance to the purple and gold on game day makes my skin crawl. I'm proud to offer an alternative! If you sew, of course.

So this all started a couple years ago, actually. It was an unspoken sub section in our wedding vows that I would be a Vikings fan, of which my husband has been bred to be. Being that I didn't have a team of my own, I was cool with it. Although I made one stipulation; that I wanted a REAL jersey, stitched numbers and all, not the cutesy baby-pink stuff.

He said I could have his since the Vikings had come out with a new Jersey design when the NFL switched from Reebok to Nike. I put it on, and it was a dress. As seen below (left). So I made it into a CUTE dress (right).

Well this worked for a while, but as it turns out, I didn't like wearing it all day because the stitched on numbers were too thick to wear as a dress. They would annoy me when I sat down. So I decided to make it into a regular jersey top to wear with jeans/shorts as seen below (right).

I shortened the sleeves and just hemmed the bottom as it was. So if you're going from a huge jersey to a girl size, you can do the same by following the steps I will show for the new jersey dress, then just hemming the bottom to be a shirt instead. 

So it will look like THIS transformation once finished:

Alright so on to the dress making process.

This time I got a plain jersey (non-stitched) in the new Nike design. For Adrian Peterson, of course. (If you are buying a jersey to do this with, I highly recommend this type of jersey. The material is easy to work with and way more stretchy than the former Reebok jersey.)

Men's NFL Jersey turned Women's Jersey Dress Tutorial:


Step 1: Pinch the sides to see how much material you're going to be taking the jersey in. I eyeballed it, giving myself extra room to go in more after the initial cut (if needed). If you're nervous, take careful measurements before sewing/cutting.

Step 2: Using a sharpie (and your measurements) mark the amount of fabric you'll be taking in. Remember, you can always go smaller but you can't go bigger, so be careful in how much you take in initially. Then pin along the line to keep the fabric together as you sew. Then sew along the line with a straight stitch or with your serger. Then cut along the seam, allowing a 1/2" seam allowance. Finish the edge with a zig zag stitch or with your serger.

Step 3: Lay the fabric you just cut off, on top of the other side and repeat step 2 to that side.
Step 4: Enjoy your new Jersey dress, and the good juju it will (hopefully) bring you as you've done a labor of love for it!

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Good luck to all of you fans tonight as you gain more talent to cheer for at the draft!