bulldogbarks55 Posted March 23, 2010 Share Posted March 23, 2010 so the stripes aren't just printed on like on the modern jerseys?Nope. They were knit into the fabric (much like stripes are knit into a sock), which was then cut and sewn into sleeves, which were then applied to the jersey body (or they could also have been attached to the jersey body before the side seams were sewn together).The Steelers and Browns, for example, make their jerseys this way even today (though both teams went through a printed stripe phase as well).Just a brief point on this - while the Browns used screened on stripes from whenever they switched to mesh jerseys (not sure - sometime in the 1970-1973 time frame) until they changed to their current version in 2005 (not counting the players who cut their jerseys down to having only two small stripes as a "cuff" in the 1990s right before the owner/players moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens). However, the Steelers never went to screened on stripes for their actual gamers; like that vintage Cowboys jersey they kept the cotton/durene sleeves. I do think they switched to a less shiny fabric though before the Starter era; of course the Nike/Reebok versions have lighter weight knitted sleeves.One team for a while did use sewn-in sleeves - when the Jets switched uniforms in 1978 the two sleeve stripes were either sewn on or sewn-in to the sleeves. However, the Jets did eventually switch to screened-on stripes when the jerseys started having the spandex/"dazzle" fabric sleeves and shoulders in the 1980s.I believe the Jets were wearing Champion Products jerseys in those days. Champion either printed the stripes in Lastone (their name for Plastisol ink) or sewed them in. Sewn-in is more likely because of the way the jersey was made.Gentlemen, might I again remind you that "Durene" is merely a chemical bath that raw cotton yarn is run through prior to being knitted into finished goods. The Durene treatment of the yarn helps to make it stronger, more able to accept and hold the color dye and easier to knit. "Mercerized" is a treatment that basically pre-shrinks the cotton yarn. Read my lips-DURENE IS NOT THEREFORE A FABRIC IN ITSELF! The majority of all football, basketball and hockey jerseys made in the 1950s until the very late 1960s were made from the following cloth- Flat-Knit Nylon/Durene-Mercerized Cotton Plaited fabric. A plaited fabric has all of one component yarn (Nylon) knitted on the face (front) side while all of the other yarn (Durene-Mercerized Cotton) was on the inside. The Nylon face side gave the jersey its durability and bright colors while the Durene-Mercerized Cotton yarn gave the jersey a comfortable feel when wearing it plus it was absorbent in regards to perspiration. It did not have any of the wicking properties of today's fabrics. The proper way to refer to this fabric is to call it "Nylon/Durene." "Durene" is merely the chemical treatment.One more point about knitted-in stripes. If you look very closely at the knit-in pinstripes on the Yankees uniforms you will note that they look like a fine zig-zag pattern. That's why the Yankee stripes look thicker than everyone else. Almost every other team with pinstripes has them sublimated on. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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