We all know Tee Shirts play a big part in our lives, I mean, who hasn't worn a Tee Shirt before?
It has become such an integral part of our lives, we probably didn't realize it ourselves.
So what makes a good Tee Shirt?
Let's Start from the Top
A Good Tee Shirt always have a good collar.
Ribbed, firm, yet not stiff.
It should not go out of shape and maintains elasticity even after many washes. Flesh Imp Tees have slim, yet firm ribbed collar, so that it can withstand many washes, and will never go out of shape.
The secret is in the high resistant elastic content that we put into the collars, without adding unnecessary thickness, making it comfortable while maintaining its shape.
2. Cotton content
Some people like it stiff, and some like it soft, but the most importantly, the hand feel of a Good Tee Shirt must be that of high density.
A soft feel Tee need not mean that it is flimsy so when you buy a Tee Shirt, use your hand to feel the fabric.
Make sure it is smooth, yet firm and it should not be too transparent.
All Flesh Imp Soft-feel Tee has a robust 170gsm cotton content, giving you a smooth feel, yet reliable feel.
Conforming to your body without the stiffness.
3. Print Process / Technique
The most obvious tell-tale sign of a good tee shirt are the prints.
A good print can be identified by touch and texture.
Water based prints are usually 'invisible' to touch, and is merged into the fabric, giving you a smooth finishing.
Textured prints like embossed, rubberized, stipple will have a 3D effect, and will withstand light picking with your fingers.
Give our Flesh Imp tee a try when you are at the stores, by running your fingers through our prints and you will know the difference.
Print finishings should also be perfect. There should not be any overlapping of colors, or misalignment.
This is a good way to tell if the tee shirts are hand screened, or machine screened. Misalignment can happen during machine printed process while hand screened process Tees are meticulously checked, aligned and screened with the right amount of pressure to give you that perfect print. See here for our nice Tees
4. Sleeve length
Usually a typical sleeve length for a Tee Shirt is between 19 to 23cm, for XS to XXL.
Anything shorter, we are looking at specific cut and sew pieces.
On average, the sleeve should cover up to your bicep area, and not flare open like a shirt. It should fit you snugly, yet loose enough to give you space of your hand when placed flat on your bicep ( or the lack of, like me)
5. Body length
Gone are the days where oversized Tee held reign, and anyone who wants to fit the 'Imma rapper yo, check it out ' look would have at least one of these 'minimum XL Tee' in their wardrobes. (We be evolutionised yo)
Tee Shirts are now worn according to your actual size.
While not a hard and fast rule, a good Tee Shirt should be slim at the sides, and slightly longer on the length.
A good gauge would be having the Tee ending no more than 8 inches below your belly button.
Anything shorter, you will look like your Tee Shirt shrunk, anything longer, you will look like you nicked the Tee off a tall person.
While Cotton shrinks during washes, the level of shrinkage should not be more than 1%. Always check with the store crew on the status of the Tee shirt you are buying.
If the Tee Shirt is preshrunk, and still shrinks after wash, it might mean that the Tee Shirt material was stretched to achieve its size, but will revert to its original size after wash.
If the Tee Shirt is post-shrunk, the variance should be less than 1%, and you would not be able to feel the difference.
Just like Flesh Imp Tee Shirts. One point to note though, never put your Tee Shirt in high temperature wash, and into the dryer.
This will cause the Tee Shirt to shrink beyond reasonable size, unless you like it a size smaller.
So there you go!
Now you know what to look out for a perfect tee!