T-Shirts 2007 CBCJ Class Item
Purpose of T-Shirts • Original Purpose – to be worn as an undergarment because they are lightweight and comfortable • Now, T-shirts are worn for fashion and style. Today’s society accepts people wearing T-shirts as outerwear. Many are decorated with iron-on designs, lace, embroidery, and silk-screened images. • The crew neck is the most popular type of T-shirt.
Structure of T-Shirts • The structure of the T-Shirt determines its durability, care needed, and even comfort. • Single Knits – most popular for T-shirts; lightweight; stretchy; tend to “run”; have a definite fabric face • Double Knits – look the same on face and back; hold shape well, don’t “run”; excellent choice for knit shirts
Fabrics • Cotton – popular, can buy 100% cotton or a cotton blend (usually with polyester or nylon), comfortable, absorbent, cool, does not pill, soft, durable, and strong. One major disadvantage is that 100% cotton has a high shrinkage. Sometimes the fabric is pre-shrunk. • Polyester – can be blended with cotton, durable, shrink resistance, wrinkle resistance, easy to care for, and does not take long amount of time to dry. • Nylon - usually blended with cotton and helps to reinforce material.
Necklines • Both the style and design of the neckline is important. • Look for the following: smooth and even stitches, no loose threads • Stretch the neck to ensure that is will return to its original shape • The female embroidered/cut-work design is not very durable and often looses its shape unless the area is interfaced.
Shoulders • Check the shoulder area seams for reinforcement. • This reinforcement tape should be sewn into the seams. • It will help keep the shoulders keep their shape and prevents excess strain on this area.
Seams and Hems • T-shirt seams are generally narrow. • Inspect seams to see if there are any loose threads and/or holes. • Ensure that the side seams are perpendicular to the hemline at the bottom of the shirt. • Inspect hems to see if there are any loose threads and/or holes.
Sleeves • Most shirts have hems that are similar to the hem at the bottom of the shirt. • Inspect this hem as well for loose threads and holes. • If ribbing is used, ensure that the ribbing stretches, but then it retains its shape.
Care • Most T-shirts require mash wash warm or cold and tumble dry low. • It is very rare that a T-shirt requires dry-cleaning. Check the manufacture’s label. • T-shirts with iron-on images or printed designs often require special care. Again, check the label.
Availability • T-shirts are available year-round. • Short-sleeved T-shirts are commonly worn in the spring and summer. • Long-sleeved T-shirts are commonly worn in the fall and winter. • T-shirts come in a variety of colors, designs, and have many different images and/or slogans printed on them.
Cost • T-shirts are usually inexpensive. • Higher-quality typically cost more money. • Check the quality of the fabric, construction, and require care to ensure you are buying a durable T-shirt worth the purchase price.
General Reminders • Read the scenario. Decide what is or is not important. • Check the care label – composition and care instructions. • Check the sale tag – style, design, special features, and price. • Inspect the garment – seams, hems, neckline, shoulders, and sleeves.