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Comfy Shirt Options

Fit + Fabric + Style

Choosing a comfortable shirt is an important part of making a great finished product. Finding the right blend of fabric, style and fit can be challenging and rewarding. Of course everyone has their own personal preference of quality and comfort. Fortunately for you, we’re shirt snobs – known for our soft and comfortable custom shirts. We’re always looking for new fabrics, shirt styles and brands that we want to promote to you.

SHIRT FITS

We have comfy shirts in different fits for all-sized humans. Different shirt fits are also available in different sizes for men, women, juniors, youth and toddlers. Different audiences and different body shapes benefit from different types of fits. Since there’s not one fit that’s perfect for everyone, many clients choose two or more fits for their designs. If you’re still not sure about the fit, feel or color of a particular style, feel free to place a blank sample order.

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Comfy Shirt Options
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Comfy Shirt Options

Side-Seam vs. Tubular Construction

Unisex and men’s fashion fit t-shirts come in various fabrics and fits, but there is one main area to consider when it comes to unisex shirts: side seams! T-shirts with side seams have better structure and a more consistent fit because they are tailored to the body. Tubular tees are cheaper to make because they require less cutting and sewing. However, with less cutting and sewing comes less accuracy and lower quality. If cost is more important than quality, go with styles that have side seams! The difference is worth it.

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WOMEN’S FITTED SHIRTS

Women’s shirts are designed for a woman’s body, but there are different fits for different folks. Women’s shirts generally have shorter sleeves and run smaller than men’s or unisex shirt sizing. How much smaller? Unfortunately, there’s no industry standard to apparel sizing, so the answer is relative to the brand and the specific fit of each style. Different women’s fitted shirts are designed to fit in different ways and women’s fashion styles are constantly evolving. Current trends lean towards looser fitting t-shirts for streetwear brands, but finding the right t-shirt should be about comfort and confidence – not the latest fad.

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FABRICS

Finding the right feel for your shirt fabric is as important as the right fit. Different fabrics have different weights and feels and some fabrics are synonymous with particular shirt styles. Below is a little overview of the most common fabrics in our industry. You can also check out the Ultimate Fabric Video from Bella + Canvas for their take on their fabrics.

Carded Cotton (Conventional)

This is the basic and cheapest option. Carded cotton is a thicker yarn typically used for basic and heavyweight t-shirts with boxy fits.

Combed + Ringspun Cotton (SOFT)

Combed + Ringspun cotton is a smoother, finer weaved yarn that results in a softer and lighter fabric, as well as a smoother printing surface. Ringspun cotton is the most popular fabric because it is soft, comfortable, affordable and prints great with most water-based, plastisol, and specialty inks. Most ringspun cotton shirts are fashion-fitted and available in men’s and women’s styles.

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ECO-FRIENDLY FABRICS

ORGANIC COTTON / RPET POLY / BAMBOO BLENDS / HEMP BLENDS + MORE

We work with a variety of quality eco-friendly fabrics for those of you that are looking for nature’s friendliest fabrics. Organic cotton is the most popular eco-friendly fabric and ideal for printing with eco-friendly water-based inks. One of our best brands for eco-friendly shirts also happens to be American-made. We have a whole page on eco-friendly shirt options, please check it out for more info.

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SPECIALTY FABRICS

There are an abundance of specialty fabric blends out there. Here’s a handful of higher-quality specialty fabrics.

 

Pima Cotton

Pima cotton is cotton that has extra long staple fibers and thus woven into a softer and more durable fiber than conventional or ringspun cotton.

Burnout

Burnout fabric is a higher-priced and very thin fabric. It is typically a poly + ringspun cotton blend where the fabric undergoes a chemical process to dissolve part of the fibers and create a semi-transparent pattern in the fabric. Burnouts are so thin that printing them means a significant amount of ink prints through the shirt onto the print board, thus more labor and more cost goes into printing burnout fabrics.

Poly-Viscose

Poly-viscose fabric is a blend of polyester and viscose that is usually very lightweight, wrinkle-resistant and much more comfortable than conventional polyester. This material is incredibly soft and silky and is most commonly used for high-end shirt styles and retail stores. 

Slub Cotton

Slub cotton is an irregular cotton fabric defined by lumps or thick spots in the yarn from improper spinning. Until recent years, slub cotton was considered a mistake. These days, it often sells for 2-3 times the cost of conventional cotton.

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FABRIC WEIGHT

Fabric weight varies considerably with different fabric types, but there are some options for different shirt styles. Fabric weights are measured by the ounces per square yard of fabric, not by the total weight of the fabric. Choosing the right fabric weight should depend on the audience and the intended use.

 

HEAVYWEIGHT FABRIC

Heavyweight t-shirts are most durable and most common for workwear and generally only come in basic fits with carded cotton. 6.1 – 7.1 oz.

Standard Weight Fabric

At roughly 5.0 – 5.5 oz, standard weight, standard weight fabrics are generally basic fitted shirts. Standard weight fabrics are most commonly made with carded cotton and include the cheapest shirts from the largest brands.

Lightweight Fabric

Lightweight fabrics are generally softer, more comfortable and most breathable. They are also most popular with the majority of clothing labels, retail stores, bands and organizations that are reselling their garments. At weights between 4 – 4.5 oz, most ringspun cotton and fashion fit poly-cotton blends are softer, lightweight fabrics. 

Super Lightweight Fabric

Higher end fabrics tend to be both softer and thinner, creating a super lightweight fabric for the softest finished product. Most triblends and poly-viscose blends are under or 3.3 – 3.9 oz, making for a very soft and comfortable fabric.

SHIRT STYLES

Apparel makers offer a variety of shirt styles available for men and women. We’ll focus on the t-shirt options here, but check our blog for other shirt styles including the best sweatshirt options. T-shirts were initially created as undergarments, but are now a staple of fashion across cultures. Each manufacturer makes different shirt styles in different fabrics, weights and fits. The following options are the most common t-shirt styles.

Crewneck T-shirts

Crewneck t-shirts are the most common t-shirt style, identified by the round neckline. 

V-neck T-shirts

V-neck t-shirts are a favorite amongst women and somewhat common for men, identified by a v-shaped neckline.

Scoop Neck T-shirts

Scoop neck t-shirts are primarily made for women. A scoop neckline is identified by a larger and looser fitting, oval-shaped neckline. 

Raglan Shirts

Raglan shirts are most common in ¾ sleeve shirts and other sporty styles. A raglan style is identified by the diagonal seam from the armpit to the edge of the collar.

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