How to Create a Soccer Jersey or Shirt

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How to Create a Soccer Jersey or Shirt
Ways to make soccer shirts (youth soccer 2007-007 image by John R. Amelia from Fotolia.com)

Stretch your creativity by designing soccer jerseys and shirts. While soccer uniforms seem similar, the colour and details of the uniform help team members keep track of other players in the game. Cut down on expense by creating original designs for soccer.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Soccer jersey or shirt designs
  • Patterns
  • Materials
  • Notions

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Begin the design process. Gather images of soccer jerseys and shirts. Ask soccer players what type of designs feel comfortable for practice and games. Watch soccer games. Read about soccer uniform styles and materials. Work with the team's colour scheme to create a distinctive uniform design.

  2. 2

    Select the uniform pattern. Place function before form. Choose a design that allows for all soccer moves. Seek feedback from soccer players. Look at examples such as England's 2010 World Cup soccer jersey, with an underarm gusset for easy movement and ventilation in the underarm and lumbar areas. Tailor the body and arm sections for a sleek and comfortable fit.

  3. 3

    Select material. Visit a fabric store to learn about types of sports fabric. Learn about fabrics that wick moisture away from the player onto the fabric surface, where the moisture can evaporate. Ask salespersons for information about fabric popularity, durability and ease in sewing. Surf the Internet for fabric outlets. Read their information sheets and check the forums for personal reviews. Factor the different fabrics and prices in your decision.

  4. 4

    Construct the uniform. Follow pattern directions regarding preparing the fabric, laying and cutting the pattern and pinning the pieces together. Before sewing, fit the garment onto the soccer player and make any alterations. If possible, sew "hidden seams" that can't chafe a soccer player's skin. Stitch with sturdy thread, being sure to finish each seam so it doesn't unravel during games.

  5. 5

    Take notes when watching soccer players wearing the new uniforms during practice and games. Do the uniforms hold up under the stresses of a game? Are the colours working and easy for players to see? After the game, does the uniform wash and dry easily and quickly without fading or coming apart? Assess how the uniform worked. If you need to design others, use this information for subsequent designs.

Tips and warnings

  • Prepare the uniform in alternate colours, to distinguish at-home games from away games.
  • Avoid fabrics that cause allergic reactions.

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