Choosing the right T-shirt depends on the fabric. Several fabric options exist, but knowing their difference can help you purchase the right T-shirt. You must consider how the fabric feels, what the material is, and the best application for it before buying that T-shirt.
Cotton is soft, breathable, and pleasant on the skin. If you have sensitive skin, cotton is perfect for you. Cotton rarely causes allergic reactions. Cotton is perfectly smooth and easy to use for screen printing.
As an absorbent and excellent heat conductor, cotton keeps the body cool in summer and warm in winter. You should wash cotton in 60oC water temperature and dry with a low heat setting to avoid shrinking and wrinkles. Never bleach, dry clean, or use softener products on cotton.
Pima Cotton is incredibly soft, extra silky, and hypoallergenic. The fibrous threads of the Pima cotton are 35% longer on average than regular cotton. Pima cotton is resistant to fading, wrinkling, pilling, tearing, and fraying. The extra length and durability make the Pima cotton fabric smooth and sturdy. It is one of the best kinds of cotton in the world. You can wear it on its own or with a cardigan or jacket for extra warmth.
Polyester is a strong, lightweight, and durable synthetic human-made fiber. It is resistant to chemicals, stretching, wrinkles, stretching, or abrasion. You can quickly dye and use for designs and overprints. Polyester is not breathable, but it dries quickly and is best suitable for sports or outdoor clothing. Polyester is also resistant to the sun. You can wash it with softening products. Dry with a low heat setting to avoid wrinkles.
Premium cotton comes in varying blending ratios of polyester, spandex, cotton, and Pima cotton. It is a tightly woven ringspun jersey fabric, with extra combing and anti-pilling finish for more exceptional quality. Premium cotton is pleasantly soft, tighter, and thinner than Pima cotton.
Standard cotton is elegant and comfortable. It is also made from varying blends of spandex, cotton, and polyester. But standard cotton is not made with the combing or anti-pilling finish. Therefore the quality is lower than Premium Cotton. It is also very affordable.
No one fabric rules the T-shirt world. Choose your T-shirt fabric by matching the material to your skin type and personal needs.