Sunday, March 13, 2016

Reader Submission - DIY Exeter Squirrels Jersey

Our 28th reader submission comes from Will Scheibler, and it's a truly amazing Do It Yourself project that looks very, very professional.

Here is Will's story about his DIY jersey and his thought process on his Expo 67 inspired Exeter Squirrels jersey.

When searching for who knows what on the internet I ran across The Canadian Design Resource page and the signage for Expo 67. 
Burton Kramer designed the signs and he also designed the iconic CBC logo first used in 1974 (unfortunately modified in 1992).

I decided to use the squirrel from the Expo 67 parking lots signs for a DIY jersey.
  photo expo67-signage.jpg
I had a blank white, gold, and maroon jersey.  I didn't have much maroon twill left so I made a white squirrel.
  photo albino_squirrel_crest.jpg
I sewed the white squirrel on the jersey but it was kind of small so I decided to add something to it. 
  photo albino_squirrel_jersey.jpg
I found a town in Ontario (Exeter) that has white squirrels through some Flickr images. 
 photo White squirrel.jpg
Their sign posts were a bit of an inspiration for my design.
  photo Exeter squirrel signs.jpg
I wasted likely way too much time looking through free fonts before I ended up using 'City of' for the Squirrels and 'Grange' for Exeter.
 photo exeter_squirrels_frontcrest.jpg
I then added the acorn on the back and also added the number 67 in a font (Consort-RR Bold Condensed) like the one used by the Expos as a nod to the Expo 67 signs.
 photo squirrels_front.jpg
 photo squirrels_back.jpg

Thanks to Will for taking the time to photograph his awesome jersey and his detailed description of his inspirations, his thought process and the construction steps of his great DIY jersey. We really appreciate the work involved when our readers take the time and effort to share their jerseys through their writing and their photos.

If you have a jersey in your collection that you'd like to share with us and your fellow readers, please submit your pictures and a story to go with it, no matter how brief or detailed, to spyboy1@gmail.com and we look forward to seeing your favorites!

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