Early TNG jumpsuit analysis, part 8a - Pants Split and Piping

Early TNG-era Starfleet Uniform Jumpsuit Analysis


Part 8a - Pants Split and Piping

At the bottom of each of the TNG jumpsuit's pant legs was an upside-down-V-shaped split.

TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x7 "Lonely Among Us"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x8 "Justice"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x9 "The Battle"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x14 "Angel One"



The lower front leg splits consistently appeared to be about 6" tall, on both the men's and women's jumpsuits.

TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x16
"Too Short a Season"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x23
"Skin of Evil"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x25
"Conspiracy"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x4
"The Outrageous Okuna"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x4
"The Outrageous Okuna"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x13
"Time Squared"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x20
"Heart of Glory"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x1
"The Child"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x5
"Loud as a Whisper"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x12
"The Royale"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x13
"Datalore"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x14
"Angel One"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x17
"When the Bough Breaks"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x20
"Heart of Glory"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x9
"The Schizoid Man"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x11
"Contagion"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x15
"Pen Pals"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x22
"Shades of Gray"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x4
"Code of Honor"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x8
"Justice"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x14
"Angel One"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x18
"Home Soil"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x8
"Justice"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x6
"Where No  One Has Gone Before"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x20
"Heart of Glory"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 1x20
"Heart of Glory"


The lower front leg split was embellished with division-colored piping.

TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x19 "Manhunt"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x10 "The Dauphin"


The method used to attach the piping - and the end result - seemed to vary; sometimes it seems to have been done hastily (which wouldn't be surprising, considering episodic television time constraints and the sheer number of these uniforms that had to be made and maintained).

TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG jumpsuit (male) auction photos


Usually, though, the division-colored piping embellishment looked quite good! 

Note that the upper edges of the piping were not "flat" (i.e. horizontal) across the top of the pants split, but, rather, the pants split (and piping) tapered upward to a point.

TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x11 'Contagion"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x4 "The Outrageous Okuna"
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x10 "The Dauphin"


Oddly, the uppermost couple inches or so of the lower leg piping on Q's uniform appear to have been sewn closed.

TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG, 2x16 "Q Who"


The lower front leg piping detail is more easily observable in these auction photos.

TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
Picard TNG jumpsuit auction photo
TNG jumpsuit lower pants split
TNG jumpsuit (male - probably Worf) auction photo


The TNG jumpsuit pant legs' hem allowances were simply turned up and blind-stitched into place.

TNG jumpsuit pant leg hem allowance
TNG, 2x22 "Shades of Gray"


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