For Christmas, I received a Toronto Raptors jersey, which is pretty cool. Unfortunately it was a Rudy Gay jersey, which is problematic for two reasons. One, he's no longer on the team, and that's a fantastic thing because, two, he has terrible shot selection and the team's gone on a winning streak since dumping his contract on Sacramento.
So I was stuck with an only moderately cool fan item. But yesterday, an idea hit me: why not flip that G upside-down, and turn it into a J? Not only do people sometimes call me "Jay", but my initials are JAY. I wasn't sure it would work out, but I had to try it.
The first step was to use a sewing needle to break the stitching on the G, thereby removing it from the shirt. It was very time-consuming and fiddly, and there was a lot of leftover thread and cotton. It looked like this afterward:
I cut part of the G off, which left me with a slightly off-looking J:
So I cut another corner off of the removed G serif, and glued it onto the back of the J, to give it a more consistent look:
The next part was definitely the trickiest, as I had to sew the darn J onto the back of the jersey by hand. I'm proud that it only turned out slightly crooked.
I think it turned out pretty well, and now I have something to wear when I'm breaking fools' ankles on the court. Or, more likely, when I'm in the overpriced seats at the ACC.
It's going to be so great when Drake