T-Shirts by 8aCt3p


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
• 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
  reinforce material.
• 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
• 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.
        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.

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