January '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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3 0 P R I N T W E A R J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0 T-SHIRT TYPES Crewneck: A T-shirt with a rounded neckline and no col- lar. Nabeel Amin, Lane Seven Apparel, says crewnecks can range in weight from 4.3–6.5- oz., but the most common weight for a standard, quality, and well-fit T is 5.3-oz. Heavyweight: "Heavyweight is typically any T-shirt category that is over 5.8-oz. or a sweat- shirt category over 9-oz., in either ring-spun or open-end fabric," says Summer Scott- Samuel, Gildan. Henley: A shirt without a col- lar that features a button-up placket and a neckline like a T-shirt. Fun Fact: "Waffle fabrics are a popular choice, as it allows the garment to be a little more fitted due to the stretch and recovery characteristics of waffle knits," says Marcus Davis, HanesBrands. Lightweight: A lightweight T can fall anywhere within the 3.4–4.5-oz. range. Lightweight Ts are known to be softer, have a nice drape on the body, and be more breathable. "It will usually be knitted with a finer gauge of yarn and a tighter knit," says Ken White, Cotton Heritage. V-neck: A T-shirt with a neck- line that forms a 'V' at the front. Glen Brumer, Royal Ap- parel, says it's a good option for "most body types and appeals to younger generations." Consideration: Decoration options include a chest place- ment, a sleeve print, or even a design that runs across the opening of the V-neck. The Ultimate T-Shirt Guide YOUR GO-TO GLOSSARY FOR Ts A L E X A N D R I A B R U C E W hether you're new to garment decorating or your cus- tomers have questions, you'll want to keep this go-to glossary on-hand to break down all the elements of a T-shirt from the type and fit to wash and fabrication. Thank you to Lane Seven Apparel, Gildan, HanesBrands, Cotton Heritage, Royal Appar - el, SanMar, US Blanks, and S&S Activewear for contributing to the glossary. Arms: The arms of a T-shirt fit different depending on the weight of the fabric used. Heavyweight Ts tend to have looser, wider sleeves compared to a lightweight or standard T. Consideration: "If the fabric is thicker, the sleeve may end up being too close to the body, and it potentially can feel rather uncomfortable," says Scott-Samuel. Missy: A missy fit is one tai- lored for a woman's body with the use of slightly tapered side seams. This fit is also common- ly accompanied by cap sleeves, baby rib, and, in some cases, a scoop neck. Shoulders: Like the arms of a T-shirt, the shoulder fit var- ies depending on the style. However, typically, the shoul- der seams of the shirt should lineup with the wearer's real shoulder line. Fun Fact: "Thanks to the trend of loving styles from the '80s and '90s, drop shoulders are back. If the fit of the body of the shirt is boxy and cropped, and the shoulder of the T just slightly drops off the natural shoulder, this makes it a perfect style for a high waist jean," says Vicki Ostrom, SanMar. Torso: The torso focuses on the cross-shoulder measurement, taken from the neckline to the point where the sleeve meets the body of the garment. The shorter this measurement, the slimmer the T fits. "It will determine the fit of the sleeve and how the garment hugs or drapes on the body," says White. Unisex: A unisex T is suitable for men and women in terms of fit and usually comes in a wide range of sizes to accom- modate all bodies. It can run as small as 2XS up to 3X. Consideration: This wide range of sizing appeals to "wholesale customers who want to run one style rather than have to purchase a men's and a woman's style," says Brumer. T-SHIRT FIT Below: Some tri-blend Ts incorporate a mix of eco-materials like recycled PET plastic. (Image courtesy Royal Apparel) Right: Henley shirts offer the look of a nice placket without the collar. (Image courtesy HanesBrands)

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