Early TNG jumpsuit analysis, part 4b - Side Body Panels

Early TNG-era Starfleet Uniform Jumpsuit Analysis


Part 4b - Side Body Panels

The entire TNG jumpsuit torso was not division-colored; underneath each arm was a black side panel.

TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x4 "Code of Honor"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x21 "The Arsenal of Freedom"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 2x21 "Peak Performance"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x4 "Code of Honor"


The side panel extended all the way up to the bottom of the armscye, where the sleeve was joined to the body.

TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x5
"The Last Outpost"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x6
"Where No One Has Gone Before"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x23
"Skin of Evil"


However, the edges of the black side panel didn't extend all the way up the armscye to the yoke. 

On the early, Theiss-era TNG jumpsuits in particular, there were several inches of division-color armscye separating the bottom edge of the yoke and the upper front corners of the side panels. 

The precise distance varied, but it was usually a good 4" (at least) on the men's jumpsuits!

TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x1 "Encounter at Farpoint"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x1 "Encounter at Farpoint"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x1 "Encounter at Farpoint"


Captain Picard's, Commander Riker's, and Lieutenant Worf's seemed to usually be about 4", perhaps a bit more.

TNG jumpsuit side panels
The Next Generation
publicity photo (season 1)
TNG jumpsuit side panels
The Next Generation
publicity photo (season 1)
TNG jumpsuit side panels
The Next Generation
publicity photo (season 1)


(At least?) one of Data's uniforms, in particular, had an extremely long "gap" between the bottom of the yoke and the upper front corner of the side panel - possibly up to 6"!

TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x13 "Datalore"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x21 "The Arsenal of Freedom"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x23 "Skin of Evil"


On the ladies' uniforms, the upper corners of the side panels were a bit closer to the bottom edge of the yoke - perhaps 3".

TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x8 "Justice"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x10 "Hide and Q"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x12 "The Big Goodbye"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x22 "Symbiosis"


Sometimes the division-colored portion of the armscye on the ladies' uniforms appeared to be even a bit less - perhaps 2" to 2 ½". 

TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x14 "Angel One"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x19 "Coming of Age"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x20 "Heart of Glory"


Likewise, the upper back corner of the side panel was several inches beneath the bottom edge of the back yoke, perhaps 4" (or a bit more).  

TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x7 "Lonely Among Us"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x10 "Hide and Q"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x13 "Datalore"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x21 "The Arsenal of Freedom"


Curiously, though, some of the early TNG jumpsuits appeared to have had a shorter distance between the upper back corner of the side panel and the lower edge of the yoke - perhaps 3".

TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG,1x7 "Lonely Among Us"
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x12 "The Big Goodbye"


The side panel wasn't a single piece; it was actually two pieces, with a side seam.
TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x10 "Hide and Q"

TNG jumpsuit side panels
TNG, 1x24 "We'll Always Have Paris"


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