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The fabric of the t-shirt plays a critical role in your wearing experience. It would decide how comfortable, soft, and durable it would be.

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Regardless of age and gender, it is hard to find a wardrobe that does not have a T-shirt. It could be a simple single-color t-shirt or a custom design t-shirt. However, we often get confused about their fabrics when purchasing one.
The fabric of the t-shirt plays a critical role in your wearing experience. It would decide how comfortable, soft, and durable it would be. It also defines its washability, design printability, etc., to determine the t-shirt’s wearability and fashion quotient.
Hence, without further ado, let’s walk through some of the most popular fabrics that are bound to make your t-shirt a winner from desk to dinner! Read on!

Cotton

Cotton is inevitably the most extensively used fabric for T-shirts, a natural and plant-based fibre. It is called the ‘king of fabrics’ for its several benefits.

Pros:

● It’s a highly breathable fabric that facilitates the good circulation of air.
● Perfect fabric for summer due to its high moisture absorption quotient.
● A sustainable and organically sourced material that does not trigger any environmental degradation.
● Incredibly soft and free of allergens. Hence, it is highly recommended for sensitive skin and children.
● Excellent washability factor. It is easy to clean and can be machine-washed easily.
● You can dye it easily in almost unlimited colours. It is also the ultimate fabric for custom t-shirt printing, custom logo t-shirts, or any other customized design. Contact MGOO a professional clothing manufacturer to understand its true versatility.

Cons:

● It tends to wrinkle and can lose its shape over time.
● The fabric holds dyes loosely. Hence, they fade over time as you wash the t-shirts.
● The fabric tends to shrink. Avoid using hot water as it causes considerable shrinkage.
● It needs careful handling and maintenance despite easy washability as it is prone to damage and breakage.
● Few superior and organic cotton varieties can be expensive.

Varieties:

The cotton fabric also gives you plenty of varieties. There are about 50 types of cotton fabrics to choose from. A few most highly sought varieties are:

● Combed Cotton

The cotton fibres undergo special treatment before being spun to yield an ultra-soft material.

● Organic Cotton

It is a slightly more expensive variety as it is hypoallergenic and needs no fertilizers or pesticides in its growth phase.

● Pima Cotton

Crafted from Gossypium barbadense cotton species, its fibres are longer, more robust but highly delicate, and more closely intact. Sturdy and highly resistant to tear, it holds color better and is a top-sought luxury cotton variety. It is expensive but justifies its price well.
Other popular varieties are Supima cotton, Egyptian cotton, Slub cotton, Ring-Spun cotton, Combed and Ring-Spun cotton, etc.

Polyester

It is another popular material for creating any t-shirts, despite being almost the opposite of cotton. It is a synthetic material crafted of spun and treated plastic fibres to yield a durable but soft yarn.

Pros:

● It is wrinkle and abrasion-resistant.
● A highly durable and sturdy material.
● Lightweight material as its fibre is strong but fine.
● Breathable fabric with a high elastic rate.
● High-moisture wicking capacity with a quick-dry feature. It is ideal for outdoor, sports, and gym t-shirts.
● It can be easily dyed and holds the colors well.
● Low production cost.

Cons:

● Essentially a plastic material, its breathability is low compared to several other materials.
● The material poses environmental concerns as it does not biodegrade seamlessly.
● The fabric can be unsuitable for sensitive skin as it can burn, melt or fuse your skin that may require emergency medical care.
● It’s hard to wear this material in hot and humid weather.

Poly-Cotton Blend

The drawbacks of both polyester and cotton fade out when you mix both fibres to create a poly-cotton blend fabric. Consequently, it is a trendy t-shirt fabric as it gives you the best of both worlds.

Pros:

● It is more durable, robust, and versatile than cotton or polyester.
● They are highly affordable (cheaper than pure cotton), ultra-soft, and less prone to shrinkage.
● Breathable material that holds its shape and dyes well.
● It is wrinkle-resistant and easily washable.

Cons:

● Not suitable for outdoors as it cannot withstand high temperatures well.
● It is expensive compared to polyester.
Overall, the material is in high demand for custom design t-shirts, custom logo t-shirts, or other casual t-shirts for daily wear.

Linen

Look no further than linen if you desire a luxurious textured-weave vibe to your t-shirt. Used for centuries and crafted from the flax plant, it was not used too much for making t-shirts earlier but is coming into vogue now.

Pros:

● Breathable and lightweight fabric, ideal for summers.
● High moisture-wicking property. Dries easily.
● Gets stronger when damp and softer after each wash. It is sheerer and more robust than cotton.
● A sturdy, sustainable and biodegradable fabric.
● It neither stretches nor loses its shape.
● Excellent for sensitive skin as it is a hypoallergenic material.
● Machine washable.

Cons:

● Needs ironing as it tends to wrinkle and crease.
● It can lose its biodegradable properties if bleached or dyed. Hence not suited for all printing techniques.

Rayon

This athlete-wear fibre is an affordable alternative to silk. Humans have created and crafted it by blending cotton, trees, and plants. This cellulose-based regenerated fibre is ideal for outdoor and athlete t-shirts, primarily the custom logo t-shirts.

Pros:

● It gives a smooth, soft, and lush feel like silk but is much cheaper.
● Lightweight and highly breathable fabric.
● It can be dyed easily and has an excellent color-retention capacity.
● An inexpensive and cheap material.
● Highly absorbent and drapes well.

Cons:

● Wrinkles easily and can shrink over time.
● It has a short lifespan compared to other materials.
● The fabric needs dry-cleaning to keep its integrity intact.
● The fabric manufacturing process is not eco-friendly.

Tri-Blend Custom Design T-shirts

This hybrid fabric is crafted by blending strands of cotton, polyester, and rayon fibres. It is a trendy fabric for all types of t-shirts as it flaunts the best facets of the three materials.

Pros:

● Lightweight, ultra-soft, and highly comfortable to wear.
● Good shape retention and easy to wash.
● Holds dyes, prints, and any designs well, thereby an ideal choice for high-fashion styles and apparel.
● An affordable, breathable, and durable material.
● It can be machine-washed in cold water.

Cons:

● The material tends to stick to the body and can feel constricting.
● The material is heat-sensitive and hence, not too ideal for outdoor wear.
● It is not eco-friendly as it is a synthetic material.

Bamboo

In the present era, when going green is the norm, bamboo is emerging as an earth-friendly choice material for t-shirt manufacturing.

Pros:


● An ultra-soft fabric that almost floats on your skin.
● Highly breathable fabric with excellent ventilation.
● Its thermo-regulatory and moisture-wicking properties keep your body cool and comfortable on hot scorching days. Simultaneously, it keeps your body warm in winter. Hence, you can wear its t-shirts all year round.
● It is a naturally antibacterial material that fights odor well.
● It is hypoallergenic and even protects against the sun’s harmful UV radiation.
● It remains wrinkle-free despite frequent washing.
● It is a sustainable fabric.

Cons:


● The fabric tends to shrink and requires delicate wash.
● It is slow to dry as it is a highly absorbent material. It also loses its strength when wet.
● The plant is an invasive species and can block the growth of other plants.

Wrapping up

The material you choose for T-shirts plays an all-important role in its color, design, and prints. It decides how creative and experimental you can be in t-shirt manufacturing. We hope you now have the insight to make an educated decision and experiment the right way.
For further queries and best quotes, visit our website or connect to us on priority. We would love to be of assistance!


Hi, I’m Evelyn Ma, the content editor of mgoofashion.com. I’ve been in this fashion & apparel field for 8 years, and the purpose of this article is to share with you the knowledge related to custom clothing from a Chinese supplier’s perspective.

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