Make Uniforms

A player in uniform

Many professionals wear uniforms. A uniform can be a suit and tie or a simple shirt with straight leg pants. The purpose of a uniform is to create a look that unites the entire group of people. They are practical because they cost less than street clothes. Uniforms have a basic pattern, and the fabrics move with the person wearing them. Doctors, nurses, police, bus drivers, mechanics and athletes wear uniforms.


1. Sketch the uniform on paper. Adjust the size and location of the embellishments. Add the school’s colors and mascot, and a student’s name and player number. The body of the shirt should fit the player’s body closely without extra fullness. Go to uniform manufacturers’ websites to look at samples to make your designing easier.

2. Choose fabrics that move with the players. Use a contrasting single color for the player’s number. Use one color for the body of the shirt. Use a basic T-shirt pattern to sew uniforms for players, coaches and the cheerleaders.

3. Wash and dry the fabric without fabric softener. Starch, then press the fabric. Lay the cloth flat, on a large table. Pin the pattern pieces according to the pattern layout directions. Mark the darts and pleats with a washable pen. Cut out the pattern with scissors following the thick, black cutting line.

4. Sew pieces together using a 5/8-inch seam allowance and a straight stitch. Use a stitch length of 2.0; this will stand up to the stress of the players. Press the seams open. Ask players to put on their uniforms so you can check the fit. Make any needed adjustments.

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5. Embellish with the school logo and mascot. Embroider the student’s names and numbers.