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List of Burning T-Shirt Questions Answered by Design A Shirt Experts

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What’s a good brand for plain t-shirts? While we love to print designs on t-shirts, there are plenty of times where a plain t-shirt is what you’re looking to wear. For plain t-shirts that aren’t intended to receive decoration or ink, we love the offerings from Banana Republic. They can be a little pricey depending on your budget but the comfort and fit is outstanding for most frames. They offer a variety of styles including the soft washed tee which is treated in an enzyme wash for a wonderful “broke-in” feel. They just reintroduced the Original Pima Cotton Crew for fans of classic comfort. This version of their tee is thicker and feels durable if you’re looking for something with substance. One more t-shirt you might be interested in is their linen blend t-shirt. Coolness and comfort are easy to maintain with this machine washable option.

If you’re looking for the best plain t-shirt for screen printing or other apparel decoration, it’s hard to beat the Hanes Tagless Tee or the Next Level Premium Fitted t-shirts.

dazzling white t-shirt

How can I make a white t-shirt white again? Prevention is the best medicine even when it comes to apparel, so don’t make the mistake of washing your whites with anything other than whites. If you slip up or feel your whites have become dingy over time from sweat, there are few tricks to get them white again. Applying an optical brightener like Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing could breathe new life into your white t-shirts. It actually works but only as an illusion to the eye because slight blue tints appear as bright white to the human eye. Another option is to soak your white t-shirt with half a cup of lemon juice mixed in with hot water overnight and then continue the wash. White vinegar is another common household item that can help whiten whites. Add a half cup to the laundry and launder as usual. An equal mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can be applied directly to areas that need whitening like underarms and the collar.

I need to get condense my huge t-shirt wardrobe, what’s the best way to do this? If you need to free up some space in your closet but aren’t sure where to start because you love them all for one reason or another we suggest evaluating on the following criterion. Does it stink at all? Throw it out. The fit test should be a no brainer, if it’s too small or too large to be worn out in public, it’s ready for recycling. Is it uncomfortable? You love the design but every time you put this t-shirt on and leave the house you regret it all day because it’s itchy. Life’s too short to be irritated all day, toss it. Is it ragged? If the hem, sleeves, or collar are frayed and it’s not the look you’re going for, these can be repurposed into throw pillows or a t-shirt rug. What’s the frequency of wear? If it hasn’t been worn in a year, there’s probably something about it that makes it worthy of the D-list. Dump it.

stinky t-shirt problems

What’s the best long t-shirt? For screen and digital printing the best long t-shirts are the Hanes Beefy-T Tall, it offers an extra 3” in length through the torso and another 1” length in the sleeves. Be sure to check LT, LXL, LXXL, etc. in the checkout for this option.

What’s the best t-shirt for insanely ripped v-shaped body? We recommend Bella for women and Next Level for men if you’re looking for a fashionable athletic fit. These products are soft and modern and ideal for screen printing jobs for gyms and fit clubs.

t-shirt for v-shaped body

What is the best white t-shirt that won’t show your bra? White is one of our most popular t-shirt colors but white also makes it difficult to wear underwear without being too revealing. There are a couple of solutions; a t-shirt bra in the color nude is actually a better choice than a white bra. Another option is to use a product that is thicker than the average t-shirt. The Hanes Nano collection is great because although it’s a comfortable lightweight product, it’s still thick enough to not require an undershirt. Avoid burnout tees unless you’re going for a specific look.

What is the best tall and skinny t-shirt? Our Hanes 4.5 ounce tee runs long and a bit tighter fitting than many of the other Hanes products.

What’s the coolest thing ever made with an old t-shirt? There are a lot of cool things that can be made by upcycling and repurposing old tees like pillowcases, quilts, tote bags and more but this literally is the coolest thing we’ve seen. Maybe it’s because we like cats.

How do I get rid of deodorant build up on my favorite t-shirt? There’s nothing worse than stained armpits to ruin a favorite shirt. If you use an antiperspirant, the buildup is from the aluminum used in the formula. Getting rid of this unsightly and kind of gross build up can be accomplished with a few specialized products and patience. Oil Eater is a product that’s been on the market since 1969 so it must do what it says it will do which is remove greasy stains. There are several versions of this product so make sure you get the kind that is for clothing. Another product is Krud Kutter which has an option specifically for clothing.

What’s the best t-shirt to use for a unisex group? If you’re purchasing for a group that is comprised of men and women the most popular by far is the Hanes Tagless Tee. It has a universal appeal. It offers structured substance without being bulky. The sizes are typically true to size for a unisex tee.

best unisex t-shirts

Will I get rich selling my t-shirt design? We hope so. But there are so many factors that go into the success or failure of a t-shirt design. We recommend doing a lot of research to learn what your target audience is interested in. Color combinations, the product you choose to have your design printed on, your marketing plan, and your pricing model will all determine your likelihood of success.

What is the most popular t-shirt design theme you print? Having been in the t-shirt printing business for 14+ years, we’ve seen everything come and go from our print shop. We probably print more athletic themes on average than anything else. We print for professional, private, and student organizations all over the country.

Which t-shirt product has the best anti-wrinkle properties? Any blend of polyester will have anti-wrinkle properties. You might think polyester will have a highly synthetic look and feel but this is not the case. In fact poly-blends are highly desirable because of the feel of the fabric. The only downside to poly-blends as concerns t-shirt printing is that it is not appropriate to use for digital printing. This means if you’re looking for photographic quality or less than six pieces, you’ll have to forgo the convenience of anti-wrinkle for 100% cotton.

What should I wear with a t-shirt? T-shirts are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can own so pairing a t-shirt with almost anything is fine. Depending on the fashion trend of the day you might wear it tucked in or out or half-way tucked into pants. Women wear t-shirts tucked into voluminous skirts, and outside of pencil skirts. You can wear a blazer over your t-shirt with jeans which is cutting edge and very hip in some industries. T-shirts can be dressed up with jewelry, headwear, or paired with high heels and jeans.

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What is the difference between embroidery and printing on shirts? Embroidery is the application of thread to sew a design onto shirts, typically polos or caps. Screen printing is the application of ink onto shirts to paint the design, screen printing is appropriate on polos, t-shirts, hats, tote bags, sweatpants, shorts, sweatshirts, jackets and more.

Can I get sunburn under my t-shirt? Almost all clothing provides some protection from the sun but it is possible to get sunburn under your t-shirt especially if you are very light skinned and wearing a thin shirt. Thicker shirts offer more protection. There are specialty shirts that offer ultra-violet light protection or UPF. These range from 15-50 UPF. We recommend the Hanes Cool DRI Performance Tee which offers the maximimum protection of 50 UPF along with other outstanding performance qualities.

What are the most comfortable 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL and 6XL t-shirts? The Hanes Tagless Tee is available for screen printing and digital printing through sizes 6XL. It’s also one of our most popular tees of all time regardless of size

What’s the difference between Slim and Fitted t-shirts? A slim fit is cut closer to the body and will be tighter through waist and shoulders. A fitted t-shirt will create a nice silhouette along the body but leaves room to breathe and move freely.

How do I preserve the print on my t-shirts for the life of the shirt? A screen printed design should maintain its integrity throughout the life of the shirt. The only exception might be the appearance of cracks in the print over time. This can also happen if the shirt is stretched an unusual amount. Digital printing will not hold up as well over the lifetime of shirt. While the print should hold up fine through many types of washing, the ink used in this process actually sinks into the fibers instead of lying on top. Over time, the fibers of the shirt will begin to separate and make the design look faded. We recommend washing your decorated apparel inside out in cold water and drying on low temperature or air drying. Never use bleach.

If I’m giving t-shirts away, how many of each size should I order? Medium and large are the most frequently ordered sizes so these should be well represented in your order. Smalls and XL’s should be about equal.

What are some free online design tools for creating a t-shirt design? We certainly love our own custom t-shirt design studio but understand it doesn’t offer all the design capabilities you might be seeking. Here are a few free design tools that offer a very robust range of design features. Gimp and Inkscape.

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