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
Structure of T-Shirts
• The structure of the T-Shirt determines
its durability, care needed, and even
• 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
• 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
• Nylon - usually blended with cotton and helps to
• Both the style and design of the neckline
• 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
• Check the shoulder area
seams for reinforcement.
• This reinforcement tape
should be sewn into the
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Read the scenario. Decide what is or is
• Check the care label – composition and
• Check the sale tag – style, design, special
features, and price.
• Inspect the garment – seams, hems,
neckline, shoulders, and sleeves.