Custom sweatshirts, custom sweaters, custom pullovers, jumper, or jersey is a relatively heavy custom shirt intended to cover the torso and arms of the human body (though, in some cases, custom sweatshirts are made for dogs and occasionally other animals) and usually worn over a custom shirt, custom blouse, custom T-shirt or other custom tops. Custom sweatshirt tend to be, and in earlier times always were, made from wool (typically of sheep, though possibly of alpaca or other type); however, they can be made of cotton, synthetic fibers, or some combination thereof. Custom sweatshirts are maintained by washing, and the use of a lint roller.
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The term "custom sweatshirt" is a catch-all for various types of custom garments. A fundamental division is between a cardigan (which opens in front) and a custom pullover (which does not). If the custom sweatshirt has no sleeves, it is generally called a custom sweatshirt vest or custom tank top.
A custom garment of this type was originally named a sweater because it was designed to absorb the sweat released from an individuals body, although this has now become a household name, and other styles of garment, (as named above) have kept the original term.
Even within these groups, there is a great variety of design. All the various types of necklines are found, although the V-neck, turtleneck and the crew neck are the most popular. The waistline is typically at hip height, but can vary significantly. The sleeve length is likewise variable, ranging from small cap sleeves to short sleeves to three-quarter sleeves to full-length sleeves. The front seam of a cardigan allows for further possibilities, such as a surplice or a bolero jacket. All the hems may have various types of borders, such as picots, ribbing (knitting) and frills.
One advantage of custom sweatshirts is that they conform well to the body without requiring the tailoring as custom woven garments. For example, shaping such as darts, flares and gores — commonly found in custom woven blouses, a comparable garment — are rarely needed in custom sweatshirts, thanks to the Elasticity and drape of knitted fabrics. Even when such shaping is needed, it can be knit into the fabric itself, without requiring seams. However, this very elasticity makes it necessary to use more care when washing.
If made of thick cotton, it is usually known as a custom sweatshirt. A custom hooded sweatshirt is commonly known as a custom hoodie. These items of clothing have been vilified in the United Kingdom as representative of a yob culture and banned from a number of shops and shopping centers. However custom hoodies showing affiliation to subjects, groups, colleges (in the case of collegiate universities) and universities themselves are common wear from students in further education. A jumper with an open front fastened by buttons or a zipper, is called a cardigan. A hockey sweatshirt was, in the early days of ice hockey, recognizable as what people in the 2000s would call a custom sweatshirt, but has since evolved into a sort of custom jersey. Thus, in modern-day North American usage, the shirt of an ice-hockey player's uniform is traditionally called a custom sweatshirt, regardless of the style.
In British English, a custom sweatshirt is called a custom pullover, custom sweater, custom jersey, or jumper, this last term being the most common name in British English and Australian English. In South African English, a custom sweater is always called a custom jersey. Sleeveless pullovers are known in American English and Australian English as vests or sweater vests. In British English they are known as tank tops.
Thin custom sweatshirts may be worn tucked in to the waistband of trousers; but otherwise, men's sweatshirts are to be worn untucked.
Custom sweatshirts are a versatile item of clothing, which can be worn on top of almost any outfit. Custom sports sweatshirts, especially custom hoodies, are often worn on tops of sports kit which travelling to or from a sports ground. As a part of the preppy style custom sweatshirt are worn with a custom dress shirt underneath (and optionally a tie), which has the advantage of allowing the wearer to have the option of removing the custom sweatshirt when it is uncomfortably warm and still look presentable in many situations with only the shirt. In the late 20th century the sweater increasingly came to be worn as an alternative to a shirt when finer materials made them more comfortable next to the skin.
Some women's custom sweaters are meant to be worn belted; sometimes, a belt or drawstring is knitted into the sweater itself.
In ice hockey, the uniforms that present day players wear are sometimes referred to as "sweaters" although they more resemble the jerseys worn in other sports. This is because original uniforms were simply embroidered sweatshirts with the team's logo embroidered on the front. However, as technology changed, so did the uniforms as actual sweaters absorbed too much moisture and became weighed down and bulky throughout the course of a game.