Choosing the perfect fabric is the most difficult aspect of sewing a men’s t-shirt! This guide from Create Fashion Brand Factory , will help to demystify menswear appropriate knits!
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to many people, Create fashion brand is the answer to the above question would be easy – they would say that the knit must be 100% cotton and of medium weight. As you may have already discovered, it can be very difficult to find such a fabric at your local fabric store! Create fashion brand stay here to argue that you can make a very manly t-shirt with all manner of knits. Let me prove this to you by showing you some big brand store-bought examples ranging from basic cotton interlock to blended fabrics completely void of cotton!
100% Combed Cotton Interlock T-Shirt from Nordstrom – this is a classic choice of fabric that will create a great ‘basic tee’.
100% Washed/Broken-In Cotton Jersey T-Shirt from J. Crew – this is a very modern and comfortable choice of fabric that will result in a very casual, drapey t-shirt.
99% Cotton, 1% Polyester Jersey T-Shirt – polyester blends are very commonly found in graphic tees or event tees. A blended fabric can include a far higher percentage of poly than this example but it is important to keep in mind that this will result in a ‘sportier’ shirt, sweat wicking shirt best suited for the gym. A small polyester content will often result in a t-shirt that doesn’t wrinkle when it comes out of the dryer or out of the dresser drawer!
95% Cotton, 5% Spandex (i.e. Elastane) Jersey T-Shirt – a fabric with spandex content is best suited for tight fitting shirts that feature areas of negative ease (notice how the shoulders, chest and sleeves in the above example are skin tight). Spandex content will often result in a heavier and more drapey fabric so it will cling to the body in an unflattering way if it is used with a loose fitting t-shirt design.
85% Viscose (i.e. Rayon), 15% Wool Jersey T-Shirt – this example illustrates how fun it can be to experiment with fiber content when sewing t-shirts! If you are into hiking and camping you might be interested to make a t-shirt ‘base layer’ out of Merino wool. It isn’t difficult to find Merino wool yardage and the resulting t-shirt will cost FAR less than fancy base layer garments from outdoor stores!
100% Slub Cotton Jersey T-shirt from J.Crew – It can be fund to experiment with textures when choosing t-shirt knits. A slubbed knit can look very rugged and masculine. I find that if a fabric is slubbed and heathered and fairly light weight, it will result in a t-shirt that looks attractively reminiscent of a cowboy’s undershirt
85% Cotton, 15% Linen Jersey T-Shirt – this is another great example of a creative blend of fibres. You can also look for Cotton/Rayon knits (quite drapey) and Cotton/Bamboo knits (very soft and smooth) when choosing menswear t-shirt fabrics!
As you can see, most of these shirts feature medium weight fabrics with little drape and minimal stretch. It is interesting to note that the only shirt containing spandex content features a much tighter fit than the other shirts. Since spandex content is becoming an increasingly common element in knit fabrics, it is good to know that a masculine t-shirt can still be produced with the spandex-laden fabrics found all throughout fabric stores.
from : https://threadtheoryblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/how-to-choose-mens-t-shirt-fabric/