Updated: Jan 28, 2019
How many times have you shopped for a custom T-shirt only to find out that it’s not making you look or feel good? Meanwhile, there is this one T-shirt that seems to make you comfortable as well as flattering your body-line. Do you know what makes that one T-shirt and the others so different? The answer lies in a few key factors such as material, color, fit, graphic design and print quality. Below are some tips on how to choose the right T-shirt for you.
Selecting the material:
Cotton is the most popular fabric for T-shirts. It is soft, sturdy, and breathable. It is ideal for casual and everyday wear. It is also very affordable. Most promotional, price point T-shirts are 6.1oz or 5.5oz. These are the least expensive price point T-shirts.
Polyester is a very popular fabric for performance T-shirts. It is quick drying and does not mold or mildew, making it an excellent material for athletic apparel. Even after repeated washings, it retains its size, shape, and color, and resists shrinking or stretching.
Cotton/Polyester Blend is a blend of combining cotton and polyester material which allows for the best qualities of both results in a great fabric. This blend remains cool and light from the cotton fibers and also has the strength and wrinkle resistance from the polyester.
Selecting the color:
How do you choose the right shirt color for your design? That’s an aesthetic decision - your choice. Here you have the three basics ways to combine colors, you can either select complementary, analogous or monochromatic colors in order to achieve a consistent output:
Complementary colors: Colors from opposite sides of the color wheel. When you mix light in these colors, you get white or a grayscale color because they cancel each other out. When you put them next to each other, they pop like nothing else. Blue and orange, yellow and purple, green and red: they stand out against each other, but the effect feels right. It’s not garish and clashing.
Analogous colors: Groups of three colors next to each other on a color wheel. Usually one is strongest, and the others act like echoes of it.
Monochromatic: Monochromatic are all the different ‘flavors’ (hues, tints, shades) of a single color.
When determining how a T-shirt should fit, there are three main things to look for:
Shoulder seams: Shoulder seams are a good way to tell how well a shirt fits you. Ideally, these seams should reach to the end of your shoulder at the very top of your arm. If they extend down your upper arm, the shirt is too big. If they don’t reach the end of your shoulder, the shirt is too small.
Sleeves: Sleeves should extend about halfway down your upper arm. If you’re exceptionally tall, you might be safe wearing sleeves that are slightly longer, as these will look more proportional.
Length: The bottom hem of your T-shirt shouldn’t hit any higher than your hips, or it’s too small. It should cover your waistband and extend a few inches past that. If it’s shorter than that, it’ll look like a crop top when you raise your arms. If it’s longer than that, it’ll look like a dress. When trying on a T-shirt, make sure you raise your arms to see how far it rides up.
The fourth element to have in mind is the artwork you want to print. There are many possibilities in this topic. We will suggest some tips, but, if you want to make a great design, in addition to these, you should consider consulting a graphic designer for this purpose. Get educated, gather inspiration from other designs.
-Detail is king but keep things simple
-Use broad and appealing typography
-Make sure you see your artwork at actual size.
Print quality: Checking the print quality is something that turns out to be really difficult in the first place. Most of the time you realize that the print doesn't last after a few washes. The best way to check this without actually washing the T-shirt is the "stretch test". Pick an area on your print and stretch the fabric and print. If the print has been cured properly, the ink will stretch with the fabric and will not crack. If the print cracks as you stretch the fabric, then it has not been cured properly and will wash out.