Anatomy and Glossary of Denim

Glossary_Anatomy_BlogWhen discussing denim you can get lost in the spiel that is fired around. Here’s a brief run through to get you up to speed and sounding like a seasoned denim expert.

ABRASION
This is the process of making garments look & feel work and aged, in which the garments surface is scraped or rubbed. The item most frequently used by industrial laundries to create this effect is a pumice stone.

ANTI-FIT
Slightly oversized jeans that look intentionally too big, or too long for the wearer. For those who prefer a looser fit, this style of jean creates a more casual, laid back look.

BARTACK
A sewing procedure that reinforces the stress points on a pair of jeans. Usually this is in the form of zippers, front flies, pocket openings and crotch joins of inseams. This is done by using a dedicated bartack machine as opposed to hand stitched, thankfully!

DISTRESSED
A style of denim that are given a more vintage worn look through the manufacturing process. This is to give the denim a similar look to a raw denim that has been broken into by the wearer, for those of you who want the ‘worn’ look straight away.

DRY DENIM (RAW)
A type of jean production that means the materials are unwashed and have minimal wear. This type of fabric is also referred to as ‘Raw Denim’, the style of jean that some would go for in order to break in their own body shape, making for a more personal look.

HONEYCOMB
This is a style that is self-created on the back of the knee area as it fades during the wear process. Known in this way for the hexagonal ‘honeycomb’ effect that the constant folding of the material creates.

OZ WEIGHT
This is the term used to grade the weight (per yard) of your denim. The heavier your fabric, the stiffer the jean. Most, if not all denim descriptions will include this information as standard.

SELVEDGE
Initially known as ‘self-edge’, the selvedge seam is the narrow, tightly woven band on both edges of the denim fabric. This seam prevents the edges of the denim from unravelling and creates a clean, finished look.

For a full run down make sure you check out our Denim Guide.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *