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Seattle Bombers (by Tyler G.)
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You have probably been reading a lot about me mentioning the vertical stitching on jerseys and concepts. I usually talk about where it should end and when it should hide behind stripes. I took some quick photos with my phone and I hope they will help you to better understand how this stitching should appear on your concepts. For the best example, I have used my game-worn Leafs jersey.
As you can see in the photo, the vertical stitching runs down the sweater from the yokes to the hem stripes. The hem stripes are where the stitching stops and again you see that the stitching does not continue after the stripes. Picture the sweater being built. They would start with a fully blank white jersey. They would then cut at the hem where the stripes are to begin. Add the stripe, then add a new piece for the curved hem.
Here's a closer look at the stitching. Again, note how it stops at the hem stripes and does not continue. Any kind of stripes or patterns on your concepts should go OVER TOP of the stitching and if that pattern occurs at the hem, then that is where the vertical stitching would stop.
Here is an example of how this sweater should look in concept form.
A few days ago, Icethetics gave us the first JerseyWatch post of 2012. Obviously he has some inside information and has a grasp as to what is going on. I on the other hand have no information yet I am about to make some wild and educated guesses as to what possible new sweaters we may see on the ice for the 2012-13 season.
It's reported that the Hawks will return to their classic black 3rd jersey that they used from 1996-2009 (excluding the 2007-08 season). I know a lot of people love this jersey, but I am not one of them. I find it plain and boring. I find it to be "black for black sake". It wouldn't be my first choice, but if the Hawks want to go back to a black 3rd based on an existing sweater, at least make it the red sweater. I've posted a few concepts before with some retro alterations, but I feel this would be good. It wouldn't be a re-hash of what they have worn previously, but it would be based along the lines of the old black 3rd which was popular with fans.
Even prior to the reveal of the Winter Classic sweater Kevin, who works at the Flyers Store, has been telling me that this will become the 3rd jersey for next season. It would seem to make sense as in previous years, clubs have worn their Classic jersey for at least one regular game in their home arena for their home fans. The Flyers have yet to do that this year. Perhaps because they are not worried about giving the non-Classic attending fans a look at the sweater live since it will be seen 12-15 times next season?
Okay, here is the most outlandish prediction of the batch. Penguins going retro inspired? Hear me out. First, the W.B./Scranton Penguins wear the black version as a 3rd jersey this season, but they have a new 3rd jersey for every season. Maybe they are testing it out for the big club? Next, it seems that most teams are slowly trending away from the Reebok "cookie cutter" designs, is "the 'Burgh" next? Finally, JerseyCity.ca put their Penguins authentic sweaters on "super clearance" this week (70% off). Why are they trying to get rid of them? Do they know something already that we don't?
Tampa Bay Lightning
It's no secret, the Lightning have said that they will try to work some more black back into the new team look. They also have said that they will bring back the victory stripes under the arms at the request of the fans. If I were to throw out a guess as to where that black in the uni will be, I'd have to say pants. Maybe the pants they wear now with the 3rd jersey, but with a simple white lightning bolt outlined in blue.
After Winnipeg announced, at the draft, that they were going to call themselves the Jets, Mark Chipman was constantly asked about bringing back the old look. He said something along the lines of a retro 3rd jersey was being discussed for the 2012-13 season. There's no way that TNSE can't capitalize on the Jets league wide popularity right now and not bring out a new sweater for people to spend money on. However, I don't think they will bring out an exact replica of the old sweater. Fans in Winnipeg already have that jersey and won't spend $130 just to update it. I think TNSE will want to continue to build upon this new Jets brand and create some sort of hybrid retro jersey. Hey, these guys were going to stick with the Moose name before fan pressure caused them to use the Jets!
Again, these are just random guesses which are shaped by my own thoughts. Don't consider any of my predictions as coming from an "inside" or "reliable" source.