What do you get when you combine screen printing, applique, sewing, refashioning, vintage sports uniforms and a little bit of crazy?
With autumn bringing cool weather, I needed a new hoodie to wear (by the way, sometime we’ll have to ask Sarah to write about her hoodie addiction). For inspiration, I wanted it to look like the old Dayton Triangles jerseys from the 1920s, because I am from Dayton and I like stripes and appliqués. And I really like any excuse to screen print just about anything.
Why the Dayton Triangles? Well, my dad remembers them playing at the park near his house when he was growing up in Dayton, Ohio in the 1950s.
I started out with a plain gray hoodie and used tape to create the stripes I wanted. I then used a blank screen to spread the ink. (Which made one hell of a mess.) After drying, I was left with even stripes on both sleeves.
I really can’t believe this actually worked.
To make the bottom half of the hoodie navy–after briefly considering screen printing the whole bottom–I wisely bought a navy crew neck sweatshirt and cut it underneath the armholes, I then cut the gray sweatshirt two inches under the armholes to give it more length, (one and a half inches with the).
On the chest, I made a simple triangle out of wool felt and stitched it onto the a larger white piece of felt and then sewed it onto the front of the “jersey.”
This was really a quick and easy project, except for the long drying time of the sleeves. With the cold weather coming, it looks like I am going to get back on the sewing machine and out of the garage (where we screen print).
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