What is a t-shirt?

The name was first given to a cloth. This fabric got its name because it was made on the island of Jersey. It is a tightly woven fabric, also called plain stitch or single stitch. An earlier version of this fabric was for fisherman’s clothing. It was a heavier fabric than those used in the early 2000s. Today, the term Jersey is used for many garments made from Jersey fabric. They can be day clothes or sportswear. Read on to learn more.


This fabric has developed over time to be what it is today. The following is a brief timeline of the historical background of Jersey fabric.

– A pullover was used mainly for hosiery.

– The Traditional Jerseys were dyed in blue.

– In 1879, an actress named Lillie Langtry made it fashionable for daytime wear. She was also given the name Jersey Lilly. She was wearing a long, tight T-shirt over a skirt.

– Later, the famous Coco Channel popularized the fabric. It began to be used to make comfortable clothes, dresses and suits for women.

The fabric making process:

– The shirts can be woven by hand or by machine.

– Knitted fabrics are made from the basic knitting stitch.

– The fabrics have rows of loops; each loop is drawn through the loop below.

– Compared to other fabrics, jersey fabrics are lighter.

Types of Jersey fabric:

– Unique T-shirt

– Double jersey

– Interlock jumper

– Jacquard knit

– Clocqué sweater

– Stretch jersey


There has been evolution is the production of the fabric. They were heavy fabrics used in fishermen’s clothing. Sailors wore fitted, tunic-style sweaters made of this fabric. Over time its uses have expanded. This fabric has been used to make clothing called Jersey Clothing. They are used to make t-shirts, hoodies, jackets and the list goes on.

In sports:

Sportswear is also called Jerseys. These consist of a team logo, sponsor name, and numbers. A player’s jersey is his identity while he is playing. Jersey gains an identity that is more than a garment. Most often a jersey is removed and placed in the team’s hometown to honor the player.

Many of us wear Jerseys frequently. It is one of the most common clothing items today. But do we ever think where it came from? It’s amazing, right? Let us know your views.