One of the things that was important to us as we set out to design and manufacture our first sweatshirt was to reference some of the old American brands we love and their construction methods.
Reverse Weave, Cross Knit and Reverse Knit are just some of the names used for the way our fabric is cut. The knit on our Shirley Crabtree runs across the body horizontally instead of the traditional vertical on most garments.
The reasoning behind this was that whilst pure cotton jersey will inevitably shrink to some extent along the grain this wouldn’t affect the length of the garment if constructed with a ‘reversed’ fabric.
Of course this movement may of then shown up across the chest but those clever garment technologists back then fixed that potential issue by constructing theses garments with ribbed inserts on either side of the body to allow for freedom of movement and stretch, genius.
Whilst we maybe a 21st Century brand making Americana influenced sportswear in England we fully acknowledge the legwork done in 1950’s and doff our flat caps.
If you really want to geek out about stuff like this then check out Gary Warnett's site.