Big retailers of custom T-shirts cut corners to keep their prices down. They may use cheap materials, skip some steps of the process, or reduce their wage cost. These tactics are common in many brands that lead to garments looking worn out even if you have used them only for a few times.
When it comes to anything, we need to pay for quality if we want it. High-end fabrics and craftsmanship are not cheap. However, the price doesn’t guarantee quality either. What makes a piece of clothing expensive can be its brand. To help you pick nice and lasting T-shirts, consider the following:
Be Choosy with the Fabric
In terms of good quality T-shirts, you want to choose 100% cotton. Natural fibers age better than synthetic fiber that tends to become an issue when blending textiles. Polyblend T-shirts are likely to look misshapen after some time due to the varying expiration dates of their components. However, keep in mind that even cottons are not made equal. Even the most precious kinds of cotton have various versions. Thus, even if you buy music-inspired T-shirts like Led Zeppelin tees or plain tees, just keep in mind that tighter weaves mean longer-lasting T-shirts.
Consider How they are Made
Quality T-shirts have good textiles; however, the way they are made is equally essential. There are a lot of kinds of knits and stitches which will make T-shirts sturdy and durable. You can run some tests to ensure you are getting good quality T-shirts. First, just touch the T-shirts. The good ones should have a fabric which feels soft but firm. Also, you can check the label. The labels of most T-shirts do not have a thread count but indicate the material they are made of. There are other ways to check the quality of T-shirts such as:
- Wrinkling Test. When you crumple a portion of the garment, a good quality T-shirt should maintain just a small amount of wrinkle.
- Transparency. You can check how transparent the garment when you hold it against the light. The transparency helps in determining the density of the fabric.
- Stitches. Stitches keep the garments together. Turn the T-shirt around to check the quality of the stitches. Quality T-shirts should not have loose threads. Don’t forget to check out the number of stitches there are. A higher stitch count signifies a better garment.
- Hems. Hems can indicate the amount of care put when making the garment. In terms of T-shirts, check out the collar, lower hem, and sleeves.