Understanding fabric, garment and sewing terms can be complicated. Dickies Workwear has created a quick reference guide with the most commonly used technical terms.
Cargo pockets are large pockets sewn onto the outside of the pant leg and often have a flap to secure the items stored inside the pockets. Dickies designed the cargo pockets to be functional, secure and industrial laundry friendly. Often the flaps present a problem to the laundry causing extra steps to press. We have sewn the flap down so it has the appearance of a traditional cargo flap but stays neat and professional looking. We have added a hidden zipper for easy access and added an outside cell phone pocket for easy access. Dickies unique cargo pocket design is the best in the industry. It insures the pant or short will continue to look good through years of industrial washing and provide maximum functionality for the wearer.
Additional fabric piece added to the pant crotch. Everyone in the uniform rental business knows that the crotch area of work pants can be subjected to excessive wear, tearing, or seam ripping. To prevent this Dickes has added a crotch gusset to our Premium Industrial pants. This feature not only makes that area stronger but it also makes the pant more comfortable to wear. No other competitor of Dickies adds a crotch gusset to their industrial work pants. It provides added comfort and durability and results in a happier customer.
There is nothing more frustrating than bending over and having all your stuff fallout of your pockets. Dickies front pockets are 1 inch deeper than traditional pockets insuring all contents remain secure and don’t fall out.
A rugged woven twill fabric that has the warp yarns dyed indigo blue and the weft yarns left natural color or undyed. Most denim is garment washed, stone washed or chemically processed to release the stiff finish and soften the fabric. Denim jeans are the ultimate icon of American culture and considered the most rugged work wear fabric. Jeans have become very popular as a rental pant and have always been an all-American favorite casual garment. Dickies Premium 14 oz. denim is heavier weight and more durable than competitors.
An additional layer of fabric is added to provide extra protection for your knees. Special opening at bottom has been added to accommodate knee pads and prevent dirt and debris from becoming trapped. Dickies Occupational Wear is the only major industrial workwear supplier to offer an industrial laundry friendly double-knee work pant. This pant provides the ultimate in durability and is a style preferred by many workers in a variety of environments.
Extra stitches along seams designed to provide a more secured seam. Dickies uses double needle stitching on the sides, seat and yoke of our denim jeans.
The fabrics ability to maintain its original color after washing and wearing. Dickies uses fabrics that keep the color and resist fading to help keep your garments from looking dingy and worn out.
Garment washing softens the naturally rigid denim cloth and makes the jean wearable right out of the box.
Industrial strength, high quality brass zipper. The ratcheting feature insures that if stress is put on the zipper in the locked position, it will not break but instead ratchet down.
A hidden section of the waistband that conceals elastic and allows the waist to expand an extra two inches. The hidden expandable comfort waistband looks just like a normal waistband but it allows for expansion. A great fit for people who are between waist sizes or whose weight varies up & down and allows the laundry to have less size replacements.
All Dickies Industrial “Laundry Friendly” garments are built to withstand 50IL washings or more.
Collars made from one continuous piece of fabric and pressed to keep its shape often show wear on the edge closest to the neck because the fabric is always trying to regain its original shape. Our collar is constructed with two separate pieces of fabric seamed at the top and lined for extra stability. The seamed fabric allows for the collar to maintain its shape and prevent unnecessary wear.
Strong 4-hole button designed not to crack. Cracked buttons are often a problem for laundries. We use the strongest melamine buttons on our Dickies shirts and pants.
A riveted metal tack button is often referred to as a jeans button and attached to the garment using a machine locking it in place unlike traditional buttons that require sewing thread. Buttons coming off are a frequent problem in the laundries. To prevent this repair Dickies has replaced the standard button with a riveted metal tack button on premier pants, just like the kind you find on a pair of jeans. When is the last time you saw one of those tack buttons come off a pair of jeans? No major competitor of Dickies uses a metal tack button closure on their industrial work pants. The metal tack button prevents button repairs and results in a happier customer.
Slightly curved pocket edges. Mitered pockets resist dirt and lint buildup. The added bar tacks at the opening edges provide extra strength and helps prevent tearing.
Almost everyone has a cell phone and Dickies has made carrying them easier with a special cell phone/multi-use pocket on the pant leg. Easy, secured access to your phone. The snap closure helps keep not only your cell phone, but other valuable items secure as well.
Dickies has always been known for high quality workwear, but in our Premium Industrial line, we take that one step further. Knowing that garment repairs and maintenance can be quite costly for Industrial Laundries, we have reinforced the key areas of work pants that commonly fail over their rental life. We refer to this enhanced durability as our “No Repair” features.
A process developed by Williamson-Dickies in the 1930’s. A finish applied to fabric at the mill, the finished garment is then pressed and heat set for superior shape retention, sharp crease, flat seams, and a “just pressed appearance” wash-after-wash. Less pressing at the laundry and your employees pant and shirts will always look their best.
Plastic stays sewn into the collar point to prevent curling. Helps keep your collar always looking just-pressed.
Poplin is a plain weave fabric and often used in high-end men’s dress shirts. It is a lighter weight fabric that provides added comfort and mobility for the wearer.
For a pant fit that is never out of style, reach for the Regular Fit. Our Regular fit pant is traditional fitting thru the seat and thigh. Not too tight, and not too loose.
Extra heavy material fused onto the pocket bag sewn with triple stitching to help prevent holes. Wearers rarely notify the laundry that there is a hole in the pocket. Laundries can’t catch this repair because they can’t see the pockets as the pants travel through the plant. No other competitor of Dickies reinforces the front pockets on their industrial work pants. Reinforced pockets prevent holes and tears and result in a much happier customer.
Features a comfortable roomy seat and thigh. Allowing for increased comfort and mobility and is best suited for today’s worker. Much more comfortable that the traditional tighter fit of competitor’s garments.
For those of you that want a closer fit pant, Slim is the fit for you. Snug fit through the seat and thigh will give a sleek look without any restrictions.
A snap closure located at the neck. The snap closure allows for faster, easier placement of the shirt on a hanger at the industrial laundries.
A term trademarked by Williamson-Dickie for the fabric dying process which insures long lasting colors. StayDark® dye technology reduces fading and insures superior color retention which allows garments to be rented for a longer period of time.
A fabric weave identified by the diagonal line. Twill fabric makes a durable trouser.
A durable form of dying textiles that bonds in the color, the most resistant to fading and holds up to the rigorous Industrial Laundry wash process. The high temperature and repetitive washing needed for uniforms can be harsh causing colors to fade and washout. Vat dyed fabrics retain their color longer, wash-after-wash.
Most standard belt loops on industrial pants are very thin and vulnerable to breakage or coming unsecured. Dickies uses belt loops that are wider and secured with additional bar tacking. This insures they will not break or come loose from the pant. In addition to being extra wide, they are longer in length which helps accommodate today’s wider work belts. Stronger belt loops mean fewer repairs for the laundry.
A fabric that is chemically processed to resist wrinkles and hold its shape. Less ironing time at the laundry and maintains its just pressed appearance throughout the day.
Fabrics chemically treated to repel water. Water beads up on the surface and rolls off the garment.
Polyester is a fiber manufactured from polymers and has high strength, excellent resiliency, high abrasion resistance, resists shrinking and, maintains its shape. Cotton is a natural fiber known for its soft hand. When polyester and cotton are blended together you gain the strength and durability of polyester and the comfortable hand and breathability of cotton. Poly rich fibers are more durable and easier to maintain.