Friday, December 17, 2010

project840 road trip: Steelers HQ, Southside

wish it was for business... but i was there nonetheless:

see that hooded beaut i'm wearing? there's a DIY story behind it... a future post, in fact! stay tuned my friends!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

woah... i'm a believer, i couldn't leave her if i tried...

a then i saw her face do-do-do-do now i'm a believer yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah i'm a believer!

LOL jacked up the lyrics to that one...

hope you're all having fun!

for correct lyrics to that great monkees hot... and yes, i know, neil diamond blah, blah, blah:

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

quickie DIY

i had a few spare Invaders shoulder numbers laying around, so i decided to put them to good use.

also, got to try out a tighter stitch that worked much better and faster:

looks pretty cool on the shirt, eh?

wait... what was that shirt? ;-)

(more pics of that shirt to follow soon!)

threw them on a gym bag that i use all the time:

not bad...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010


was in mexico on vacation all last week.

got a couple projects i'm working on now, so i'll have a few things for you this week! stay tuned!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Outlaws race sweater

here's a little project i had a lot of fun making. right out of high school i played dek hockey for a team called The Outlaws. so it only took me 1 season to redesign the jersey with this logo:

i've since updated it just a bit:

The Outlaws logo has ALWAYS been one of my very favorites. so i decided, why not DIY it. but instead of another hockey jersey, i went with a biking theme. these were amongst my first DIYs, so i was still using felt. all these pics were taken before i had the chance to sew down the letters and symbols. and then glue and sew them onto the jersey. maybe sometime next year i will buy twill, and make this sweater again... but a little tougher. enjoy:

racing themed number/nameplate with screen name/nickname rather than last name:

shot a bit farther away:

sleeve patch:

close up of the front wordmark detail:

front (love the color scheme):

whole front:


patches (note my love for the state of PA with a logo in the middle breaking it up):

and of course, my love for #40. Pittsburgh Penguins style number font:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crabbers... finished!

and just in time for my vacation to Mexico. enjoy the pics:

i found that on lightweight/dri fit material, it's much easier to sew if you back the twill (or whatever) with paper towel. and really easy to rip away when finished:

back of the jersey:



done, and done!

Monday, November 15, 2010


here's a quickie little project i did as a gift to my GF, a huge Pavel Datsyuk fan.

i asked the help of my friend Joe H from maryland and of Jersey Name Frame fame. HIGHLY suggested, by the way. Joe does amazing work! speaking of Joe's work, i asked him if he could make me the Red Wings arched letters "PASHA" and the Red Wings number font "13". Joe recommended a scaled down version to fit a shirt rather than a jersey. he sent them up to me quickly, i ironed and sewed, and this was the result:

while Joe was busy cutting my letters and numbers, i jumped on eBay and ordered a slightly smaller then authentic Red Wings logo for the front. glued and stitched, here:

so that's that! a cool DIY and a happy GF, all in one shot. and like i said, especially with the holidays rolling around, check out Jersey Name Frame for an awesome gift for any sports fan!

Friday, November 12, 2010

princess birthday invasion!!!

just for laughs, i took a princess birthday card and made a few... updates? edits? for my little buddy jake's 10th birthday. he was mad when he opened the envelope and saw the princess, but pretty happy when he opened the card. check it out:

(nozz = one of my nicknames. long story. highschool)

what can i say, the kid loves tanks and monsters!

have a great weekend everyone! and once again, as always:

thank you to all of our active duty service men and women and all of our veterans!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Crabbers, poetry in motion...

The Crabbers!

some of my earliest, and favorite memories are of me and my family crabbing in Ocean City, MD. look at these tasty little guys:

i've always wanted to design a crab-themed jersey of some sort. i copy & pasted a picture of a crab into AutoCAD. loosely traced it out. pulled the trace off of the image, then rearranged some of the legs. also trimmed, reshaped, and cleaned up some lines for a silhouette-like result:
printed to scale on 11x17 paper, and cut. pasted that cut onto heavy card-stock/construction paper and made a template (yellow):

used a simple block lettering, then spaced and radially arched the letters (process from right to left):

glued and sewing the front of the jersey. the jersey is actually a nike dri-fit sleeveless:

front, almost finished:

pics of the back will be posted soon!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Uni Watch >> DIYD: Do-It_Yourself_Disaster 11/3/09

enjoy the back story of my Invaders jersey disaster:

also, my friend Paul Lukas of Uni Watch is selling a DIY of his own creation. definitely pick one up! $13 + SH, you can't beat it:


ordering details:

#7 fix...

yesterday i posted this pic:

the invaders re-design/disaster/whatever you want to call it had me entering the dimensions of the screened/temporary block numbers and making them myself. i wanted to cover up the screened numbers with 2-tone twill sewn-on numbers. the only problem, i "shorted" the upper right side of the 7 by about a 1/4 of an inch. just enough to piss me off every time i looked it it. but you can't see it in this pic, can you:

look closer. i took some white twill and cut it in the shape of the screened number peeking out. not the prettiest of work, but effective.

call that a "field modification"