Pros and Cons of Different T-Shirt Materials
T-shirts, as you may all know is a versatile piece of clothing. It is common to find t-shirts in men’s wardrobes. T-shirts can be suited for both, formal and casual occasions depending on their nature; however, casual t-shirts are more common than formal tees. T-shirts may be unisex, for men, women or even children. Although t-shirts come in the marketplace for all genders, they are more popular among males than females. T-shirts are made up of different materials. Here is the list of materials, of which t-shirts are usually made:
- Cotton: Cotton is a soft natural fiber that you may find in most of the t-shirts. It has a good mix of softness, affordability, and breathability. T-shirts may shrink after the first warm wash if they are made up of cotton, so some t-shirts are made up of preshrunk cotton. One of the best-selling tee in the men for U.S. (United States) that is, made up of preshrunk cotton is Gildan 64000.
- Linen: Linen is a material that is, slightly rougher than cotton and made from the flax plants. Linen is not a common material for t-shirts, and it is more commonly found in jackets. Linen is a lightweight material, so it is a good choice for summertime clothing. However, linen tends to wrinkle easily.
- Polyester: A polyester is a man-made synthetic fiber. It is usually the choice of people for sports apparel. It dries quickly, it is breathable, and it does not wrinkle easily; moreover, it holds it shape after a wash. Polyester is not that comfortable as cotton or linen though it is a good choice for athletic wear.
- Rayon: Rayon is a man-made material from a blend of cotton, trees, and wooded plants. This fabric was first made as an inexpensive version of silk, and it had a very smooth feel to it. Rayon is like polyester in the sense that it is a good material for athletic wear owing to its lightweight feel. One drawback of rayon is that it does not tend to last well over a certain time period, and it may show wrinkles after repeated wear.
- Poly/Cotton Blend: Poly/cotton blend is generally a 50/50 mixture of polyester and cotton, but it can vary at 65/35 ratio too. Apparel made up of poly/cotton blend is breathable and soft. This material is the crowd’s favorite because it is super soft. However, this material can often be cheaper than 100% cotton. This is the best material for holding the shape of clothes well.
- Tri-Blends: Tri-blends is a blend of three fabrics that are usually cotton, polyester, and rayon. As it is a hybrid of three fabrics; it can adopt the best qualities of other fabrics like the lightweight feel of the rayon and softness of cotton. The disadvantage of tri-blends is that they are a little less comfortable to wear.
To Sum Up
When it comes to the screen-printing project, you need to go after the material that best suits you. There is no definite rule: Which fabric is the best? In short, the best fabric type is based on a situation.