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T-Shirt Fabric Categories

T-SHIRT FABRICS CATEGORY

T-shirts are a must-have for any men/women wardrobe. And, most men/women have a variety of T-shirts in many different styles and colors. Whether buyers want a T-shirt for lounging around the house or for working out at the gym, they should keep in mind a few other factors when shopping, such as other fabric and weave options.

Choosing the right t-shirt fabrics and weave for a specific need impacts the function and comfort of the T-shirt.

100% COTTON TEE
Most tee’s are 100% carded open end cotton. The higher end garments utilize combed and ring-spun cotton for a softer smoother feel, Cotton will shrink if washed or dried with heat.

BLENDED TEE’S
The most popular blend’s are 50/50 blends, and Tri Blend tee’s. The 50/50 tees have the feel of cotton, and the polyester help’s prevent shrinking. Tri Blends have a lighter feel that lends well to high fashion and fitness.

POLYESTER TEE’S
Most Performance Brand’s like use polyester for its moisture wicking properties. They can be form fitting or loose fitting like a t-shirt.

Fabrics
T-shirts are made from many different types of fabrics. It is helpful to know a bit about the materials before buying because each fabric. Additionally, know when to wear each type of fabric in order to stay prepared for the environment.

Cotton
Cotton is the most popular fabric for T-shirts. Cotton is soft, sturdy, and breathable. It is also very affordable. Cotton does wrinkle, so remove from the dryer immediately to prevent this. Cotton is ideal for everyday wear and is casual. Several types of cotton are used in apparel, and each one slightly differs.

Combed Cotton
Slightly more expensive than basic cotton, cotton combed is extremely soft. It is made by specially treating the cotton fibres before spinning them into yarn. To do this, fine brushes are used to get rid of short strands and straighten fibres. The outcome is a stronger, smoother fabric.

Organic Cotton
Organic Cotton is grown using methods that do not greatly impact the environment. For example, organic cotton production maintains soil fertility and reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides. Because of the strict growing methods, organic cotton is more expensive than regular cotton; however, it is very soft to the touch.

Linen
T-shirts are also made from linen. Linen is made from the flax plant and has a textured weave. It is lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking, making it a good choice for summer wear. By the very nature of the fabric, it is stronger when damp. With repeated washings, it gets softer and softer. The only downside to choosing a linen T-shirt is that it wrinkles easily and often requires ironing.

Polyester
Polyester is an extremely strong fabric that has many advantages. It is quick drying, does not mould or mildew, and is very easy to machine wash and dry. After repeated wear and washings, it retains its shape and resists shrinking or stretching. Thus, it is an excellent material often seen in athletic apparel.

Blends
Often, T-shirts are a combination of two or three materials. A very popular example is a cotton and polyester blend. By combining these two fabrics, the best qualities from both result. This blend remains cool and lights from the cotton fibres, yet it also has the strength and wrinkle-resistance of polyester.

Knit Fabric
Knit fabric is popular for sportswear and athletic apparel because of its elastic quality. Additionally, it is good for suits that need to travel, yet look good upon arrival. Knit fabric comes in a range of types and is versatile enough for many applications from t-shirts to dresses to lingerie.

How to access the Quality of the Garments?

Is the fabric soft?

Touch it!

Even cotton fabric that is sturdy, thick and or even stiff should feel soft on the skin. If it doesn’t, it was probably made with shorter fibres and will be less durable in the long run.

Does it feel breathable and comfortable on the skin?

Put the garment on and walk around for a while.

Are there any pills?

Cotton is generally not as prone to pilling as other fabrics, so if you already see a trace of pilling on a new garment, move on!

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