Breakdown of custom t-shirt distinction

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Custom T-Shirts are classified into several types. Two of the most popular shirt types are heavyweights and lightweights. The heavyweight and lightweight shirt requirements are what we will be going over in this blog post.

Both heavyweights and lightweights provide numerous pros and cons. Most t-shirt makers end up using a type that is somewhere in between the two spectrum’s. The term heavyweight refers to goods that are assembled from fabric that weighs 5.5 ounces per fabric yard. These are the typical weight t-shirts that you would expect when you purchase the least expensive shirt on today’s market. Styles such as the Gildan g5000, Hanes 5280 or Jerzees 363m are typical heavyweight t-shirts. Heavyweight shirts are durable. These are great shirts  –  they last,  print well and fit well.

Super heavyweight tee-shirts t-shirts are assembled from fabric that weigh 6.1 ounces per fabric yard. Examples of this style are the Gildan g2000 and the Hanes 5250. These shirts are not as soft as the standard heavyweight t-shirts. However these shirts come in a greater selection of colors and sizes due to their increased popularity. These shirts also run slightly larger.

The fashion tee category is made up of shirts that typically are made from 4.5 ounce weight fabric. These tee-shirts are considered lightweights. Some goods in this category, such as burnout tees,  may be as light as 3.2 ounce fabric. Shirts in this popular category include the Hanes 4980, Gildan 6400 and American Apparel 2001. These goods are soft and fitted, made to form the frame. They are also often soft to the touch.