Hoodies 2008 CBCJ Class Item By: Kasey Bozeman
History of Hoodies • The hooded sweatshirt or “hoodie” is undoubtedly American in origin and style. • The first hooded sweatshirt was created by Champion® in the 1930s for workers in frozen warehouses in New York. • Today, hoodies can be seen on anyone from athletes to infants and the market for hoodies has become very diverse as a result.
Why Hoodies? • A hoodie is basically a hooded sweatshirt commonly used for exercising, protection during cooler weather, and/or fashion. • Hoodies come in both pull-over and zip-up styles. • They are convenient and practical during the winter months.
Things to Consider • The first thing to consider when buying a hoodie is its intended use. When will you wear the hoodie? What are the functional criteria that the hoodie must have to perform? • Here are some examples of functional criteria: • Breathes • Keeps you cool or warm, as required • Allows for movement • Weather proof • Remains dry regardless of sweat or humidity • Comfortable • Cost and Value • Uses and Needs
Classes of Fibers • Cotton – popular, can buy 100% cotton or a cotton blend (usually with polyester or nylon), comfortable, absorbent, cool, does not pill, soft, durable, and strong. One major disadvantage is that 100% cotton has a high shrinkage. Sometimes the fabric is pre-shrunk. • Polyester – can be blended with cotton, durable, shrink resistance, wrinkle resistance, easy to care for, and does not take long amount of time to dry. • Nylon - usually blended with cotton and helps to reinforce material.
Reminders About Fibers • All man-made fibers are sensitive to a hot iron. This should be stated on the care label. • Polyester typically retains the dyed color through multiple washings better than 100% cotton jeans. • Read the care label on the inside waistband in the back of the jeans to determine the composition.
Shoulders • Check the shoulder area seams for reinforcement. • This reinforcement tape should be sewn into the seams. • It will help keep the shoulders keep their shape and prevents excess strain on this area.
Seams and Hems • The seams are generally narrow. • Inspect seams to see if there are any loose threads and/or holes. • Ensure that the side seams are perpendicular to the hemline at the bottom of the shirt. • Inspect hems to see if there are any loose threads and/or holes.
Hood • Look at the seam that connects the hood to the rest of the sweatshirt. • Check the hood. Is it symmetrical? • Does it tie with a drawstring? If so, inspect the string.
Zipper • Some hoodies will have a zipper. • Zippers should be sturdy and reinforced. Lots of stress will be placed on this area of the garment, therefore, the zipper must be strong. • Metal zippers are more durable than nylon zippers. • The zipper should be at least ¼ inch wide.
Sleeves • Inspect this hem as well for loose threads and holes. • If ribbing is used, ensure that the ribbing stretches, but then it retains its shape.
Moisture Management • Some hoodies are designed to keep the wearer dry during activity or humid conditions—such hoodies are described as moisture-wicking. It is common for manufacturers to have their own unique name associated with their moisture-wicking technology. Some of the common names are listed below. Some are associated with a particular brand of clothing while others are used across many brands industry wide. • ClimaCool: (Adidas) allows air flow around the garment to regulate body temperature • ClimaProof: (Adidas) keeps the wearer warm and dry during all weather conditions • CoolMax: (DuPont) fibers are engineered to push perspiration to the surface of the garment; used in many brand-name moisture management systems • Dri-Fit: (Nike) water-wicking system to keep the wearer dry • Dri-Power: (Russell) draws moisture away from the body • PlayDry: (Reebok) moisture-wicking • PolarTec: this is a leading manufacturer of synthetic and technology fabrics specializing in moisture-wicking, weather resistant, and insulation technologies. Dri-Fit Technology
Care • Most hoodies require mash wash warm or cold and tumble dry low. • It is very rare that a hoodie requires dry-cleaning. Check the manufacture’s label. • Hoodies with iron-on images or printed designs often require special care. Again, check the label.
Availability • Hoodies are available usually in the fall and winter. • Hoodies come in a variety of colors, designs, and have many different images and/or slogans printed on them.
Cost • Most hoodies are usually inexpensive. • Higher-quality typically cost more money. • Check the quality of the fabric, construction, and require care to ensure you are buying a durable hoodie worth the purchase price.
General Reminders • Read the scenario. Decide what is or is not important. • Check the care label – composition and care instructions. • Check the sale tag – style, design, special features, and price. • Inspect the garment – seams, hems, neckline, shoulders, sleeves, and hood.