Choosing the Best quality T Shirts Material
From cotton, poly, and blends, everything you need to know to pick the best t-shirt fabric 👇
It’s already hard enough choosing a t-shirt design, and now that you’ve finally landed on one, you still have to decide on a fabric. Instead of just picking the cheapest option, which may also be the roughest option, we’ll get you up to speed on everything you need to know about choosing the right fabric for your custom t-shirt.
Let’s get straight to it. We’re going to break down the options and tell you everything you need to know before you make a decision on your t-shirt fabric.
Cotton t-shirts have a lot going for them. They’re usually the most economic option and on top of that they show colors off really, really well. Your colors aren’t going to pop on any other fabric the way they will on an 100% cotton t-shirt.
Cotton t-shirts, however, are the least soft of the options, but still there’s no need for your 100% cotton shirt to be uncomfortable. At Real Thread, we don’t sell shirts that we don’t think you’ll like. But that being said, there’s always going to be a difference in comfort between 100% cotton and a tri-blend t-shirt.
If you are looking for a recommendation, Edelvetica offers one of the most popular shirts for cotton. Particularly fine and light, yet robust premium cotton. Always a perfect fit with elastane. They are very popular with high quality materials and a suitable cut, and comfortable wearing experience.
A water-based print on 100% cotton
100% cotton t-shirts have been around for as long as there have been t-shirts, so I’m guessing that you know how it feels already. You probably already own a few, so let’s move on to polyester-cotton blends.
Polyester and cotton blends
Coming in just a little softer than 100% cotton t-shirts are poly cotton blends. Polyester is produced through a chemical process, so you won’t find much polyester growing outside — at least not the type that will be woven into your t-shirt. Polyester is often more heat-resistant, water-resistant, and wrinkle- and tear-resistant than 100% cotton t-shirts. They also give the t-shirt a little more stretch, which feels pretty nice.
A water-based on a cotton/polyester blend
Polyesters are used in a wide range of everyday items like bottles, film, and tarpaulin. They’re also a major component of many wood finishes, especially for those found on guitars, pianos, and boats. Though plastic doesn’t sound like the most comfortable material, it’s a highly versatile material that’s used in a bunch of places you may not have thought to look.
If you haven’t tried on a t-shirt with polyester (it’s surprising how many t-shirts have some polyester in them), then it might be time to see how durable and comfortable they are.
Hence the name, tri-blends are a blend of three materials: cotton, polyester, and rayon. Rayon is the real magic here. It’s a manufactured material, but it’s not considered synthetic because it’s made with an organic material, wood pulp. Through different manufacturing techniques, rayon can feel like silk, wool, linen, or cotton. It’s pretty amazing that you can do so much with some wood!
A water-based print on a tri-blend
It’s hard to find a product anywhere that gets 4.9 stars. Just a heads up, tri-blends are usually the most expensive of the three options. But if you haven’t tried a tri-blend t-shirt and you want the comfiest t-shirt in the world, then it’s well worth the price.
Alternative t-shirt material options
You now know almost everything you need to know connected to the fabrics we offer at Real Thread. There are a couple more options if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary. Because these options are more limited than the first three choices, they are going to be a little more expensive. But they also offer some very unique benefits, especially if you’re heading somewhere cold or you need something to keep you cool during a tough workout.
Another thing to know about cotton, cotton/poly, and tri-blend fabrics is that they all print differently. Assuming you want to throw a custom design on your shirt, the print results of the fabric is something to think about. We won't get into it too much in this post, but our team would love to help guide your selection process based on the result you're hoping to achieve.
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We think you really can’t go wrong with any of our t-shirts. We know it’s hard to get that perfect blend of design, color, feel, and price. But we don’t doubt you’ve almost pulled it off. If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to us. We’d love to help you find a soft, stylish shirt you’ll have trouble taking off.