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From: Larrymb
Date: 03-09-2005, 03:40 AM (1 of 3)
I do not know how to sew but had a question regarding the old football uniforms from 1916 or so on to the 20s.
The teams used leather stripes on the jerseys.
Now I would like to replicate such a jersey by asking a seamstress to sew the leather stripes on a red sweatshirt for me.I want gray stripes.
Anybody have a clue as to how much this would cost me.
I would be like Chic Harley wore around 1917. To get an idea here is a link with a picture of him in the oldstyle uniform

Would fake leather be ok idea? I did make myself a jersey like this using gray felt on a red shirt. I used that stitchless glue for that and for now its fine. i have no idea how it will hold up
thanks for any help
User: Larrymb
Member since: 03-09-2005
Total posts: 2
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 03-11-2005, 11:52 AM (2 of 3)
If you plan to wear the shirt, leather is a bad idea.. It does not wash.. It would start hardening and cracking into pieces in no time.. A washable vinyl (look-alike for leather) would be a much safer idea.. As for sewing leather, there is a machine needle made just for sewing leather.. It is very sharp and a fairly large size for strength..
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: Larrymb
Date: 03-12-2005, 02:29 AM (3 of 3)
thanks for your help. I did plan on wearing it some too. I was wondering about using a vinyl instead. Or a fake leather.
So I wonder what the players from 1917 era used. It sure looks like leather and I thought I saw on a site it was.
I will look for a washable vinyl
User: Larrymb
Member since: 03-09-2005
Total posts: 2
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