Prices are not guarantee to the quality of the product. Most often, expensive products are expensive because of the brand and not the quality. With t-shirts, people would say cotton is best. Cotton is natural fiber and it is durable so that when the years go by, your cotton shirt ages better than those made of synthetic fibers. Cotton t-shirts are also good with prints; click here to learn more about textile printing.
There are now what high-ends and low-ends cotton. High-ends are those whose weaves are tighter and they are denser; it does not make the t-shirt heavier or look bulkier. Some people would say that if there are high-ends and low-ends, there are also good and bad textiles. Some brands choose synthetic fabrics because these are cheaper than the natural ones. When the material is cheaper, the product is also cheaper than those made of expensive raw materials like all-natural high-end cotton.
However, there are those manufacturers whose products are still expensive despite the cheap materials being used. Sometimes, manufacturers would opt to cut on the wages of their workers to save on labor so they can sell their products at a much cheaper price. But all these strategies comprise the quality of the products. That is why some t-shirts would be in bad forms after several washes. But still there are some (very rare) manufacturers that make t-shirts of the best quality and still dispose them at affordable prices.
Characteristics of a good t-shirt
- Color – for most people, people would buy clothes by their favorite color and what they know fit them.
- Print and design – there are a lot of print and designs to choose from. There are cartoons, superheroes, abstract, tie and dye, even life quotes and sayings, and others. An individual picks a print or design based on his personality – he might just know it but the character and personality of a person somehow influences his choice of print and design of t-shirts. It goes to say that the print and design reflects the character and personality of the wearer.
- Fit – the t-shirt must fit the wearer in a way that it clings to his body comfortable, not tightness in the chest or waist area; 1/3 of his biceps are covered by the sleeve, the hem must reach the waistband, and others.
- Touch – softness is a sign, but not all because this can be cheated, starch makes fabric soft; it must not be rough, it must be smooth and firm.
- Wrinkles – crumple the cloth if wrinkles remain after letting go of the crumpled cloth, this is of lesser quality.
- Stitches – if stitches in the inside are as good as the inside, it means this is well-stitched. Skipped stitch and loose threads would mean it was poorly manufactured. Check out stitching defects in sites like https://www.onlineclothingstudy.com/2019/04/148-garment-defects-found-in-readymade.html.
Taking care of your t-shirts
- Quality materials shed less when you wash them, less shedding means less microfiber pollution; so as much as possible buy t shirts of high quality.
- Frequent washing damages fabric quickly.
- Filter bags help in the care of your clothes.
- Make sure that before you run a cycle, the washing machine is full.
- Reading the labels correctly; sometimes, instead of written instructions, you will find symbols in the labels of your clothes. What are these symbols?
- Basin – it is geometrically shaped with angled sides, the bottom is flat, and wavy lines below the flat bottom. This means you should wash it on its own. When there are numbers and other lines, it means differently. Numbers in a basin symbol denotes limit in the temperature (degrees Celsius). Sometimes dots are used instead of numbers, this still means temperature, but each dot denotes every ten degrees. A hand in the basin would mean hand wash only.
- Triangle – this is in relation to the use of bleach when washing. A strikethrough or when the triangle is filled, this means do not use bleach, while a triangle with a diagonal line would mean bleach can be used but use the non-chlorine type.
- Square – this symbolizes a dryer which means using the dryer is okay, but different lines on the symbol means differently also.
- Iron – denotes ironing is okay; the dots mean temperature limits.
- Circle – this denotes dry cleaning.
Printed t shirts should be turned inside out. Sometimes machine washing will damage the print on t-shirts, so if your prints include words such as sayings or inspirational quotes, you might end with an incomplete thought if some of the print will be damaged after washing. This goes with ironing because some prints get damaged when ironed, such as embossed prints.