I’m pretty sure this is the most beautiful jersey I’ve made, hence the title of this post. It’s another hybrid jersey, this time a baseball/hockey goalie blend, but made out of wool and canvas fabrics that evoke the flannel baseball jersey era.
Imagine this: at some point in the past, a hockey team had jerseys made by a flannel baseball jersey manufacturer. The team worked with the supplier to make sure the design was adapted to meet the needs of a hockey team. The canvas sleeves add durability to the forearms, while the extra external arm pad provides the goalie with a little extra protection in the soft inside of the elbow joint.
Some vestigial remains of the baseball jersey are intact: the cadet collar and style of cresting.
What the photos don’t reveal is the magnificent nature of this sky blue pinstripe fabric. It has a soft, high-quality feel I haven’t found in other fabrics I use. Specialty flannel baseball fabrics are not available, so I’m limited to what I can find in stores. So it’s always a bonus when I find something that looks like authentic old material. Matched with the darker shades of blue, I think this is a great colour scheme.
The CH logo is done in a baseball-ish font, and is meant to be reminiscent of the Habs logo.
I really like fancy-style baseball fonts, and for the back used an attractive symmetrical number 1 that I think looks great.
This wasn’t the first jersey of this style I made. This one came first:
I like the idea of external padding, but I went a bit overboard on this one, my first attempt. The padding is kind of crude, and there’s just too much going on here. For the blue one I pared it back to just the one oval-shaped arm pad. I like the more refined look and asymmetry that resulted.
I do like the colours of the NBW jersey, and the windowpane check reminds me of some of the early baseball jerseys in this style. I also used a very attractive font for the number 1 on the back:
These are the only two jerseys I made in this style. This was a couple of years ago and I never did anything with them so I decided to write about them now.
I still have several jerseys I will be posting here in the next little while. Up next is a really unusual jersey that really pushed the boundaries of both jersey design, and the fictional back stories that usually accompany these designs. Check back as I will be posting the next ones soon.