Custom t-shirts include thousands of options, literally.
That’s a real use of the overused word, “literally.”
Despite literally thousands of, potentially confusing options, you know a good t-shirt when you see it.
You have favorite t-shirts. You have t-shirts that stick to the bottom of the dresser drawer for years.
If you are going to bother printing good-quality custom t-shirts for your team, employees, school group, customers, or other reasons, you might as well print one that will become a new favorite!
We are here to help.
Read on for some pro tips for getting that top-of-the-pile t-shirt.
A few matters of basic knowledge will help you correctly identify what you want, and therefore order the t-shirts that will fulfill your desires.
In order to be able to answer these kinds of questions, it helps to get familiar with a little bit about the t-shirts themselves.
Materials: Cotton, cotton/poly, bamboo...so many terms.
Here’s a little bit of 101.
Cotton shirts get a bad rep for being scratchy, boxy, stiff and shrinking when washing. But today’s cotton shirts have greatly improved. They are usually pre-shrunk, come in a variety of fits (more on fit later), and are much softer, in general, than they used to be. Cotton shirts come in a huge variety of colors and fits. They’re durable and show virtually any color and pattern well. They’re a great option.
Cotton/polyester blend shirts are often even softer than straight-up cotton. You can get a huge variety of fits and colors. They are sometimes a little less expensive. Some hold up well, some tend to break down, so it helps to get familiar with how you want a shirt to wear over time.
Tri-blend shirts contain cotton and polyester, and often other man-made materials. They’ve gotten really inventive and can make heathered colors, soft materials, and lots of different shapes/fits. Screen printing on tri-blend might not be as bold, though, so it creates a more “vintage” look and feel than some other shirts. They also tend to have lots of stretch in their fit, which makes for easy wear and movement.
Fit: Lots of terms, subtle differences.
In the t-shirt world, fit can be confusing. It helps to get exact measurements and/or a sample of a shirt before you choose. We are familiar with lots of different brands and can guide you, but here are some of the basic fit terms:
Eco-friendly options: available in a wider variety of fabrics than ever.
Today’s t-shirts come in lots of specialty or eco-friendly options to fit your brand and desires, such as:
Given the many options, the best fabric for t-shirts is whatever is best for your project!
Cost saving options: when you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, consider these points:
Fortunately, you don’t have to get a degree in t-shirt science or something, to be able to order your new favorite t-shirts.
We have the know-how to walk you through the process.
We will provide details and a mock-up before your printing begins. What’s more, we have award-winning illustration and graphic design in house! We will help to nail your branding just right.
Our t-shirt order fulfilment can also link directly to your online store so that we save you time, money, and storage space--keeping you fully stocked and ready to go!
Our expertise is right in the Clearwater & Tampa Bay area!
Get the very best t-shirt printing services while shopping local.
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