T-shirts 101

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As we have been fielding a lot of questions about our new tees, we’ve put together a brief overview on our new Outline and Silhouette Tees, and some general T-shirt info.

IT’S ALL ABOUT COTTON.

Yep, cotton is the major ingredient that makes or breaks a T-shirt.
There are a lot of different varieties, and we could go on for a long time, but we will instead just talk about a couple:

cottonCarded, Open end cotton is the price-point variety.  Raw cotton is fed into a carding machine, which aligns the fibres and removes major impurities.  The remaining cotton fibres are fed into an open-end spinning rotor, which uses air jets and centrifugal force to create the yarn from which the fabric is knitted.

Combed, Ring-spun cotton starts off with the same cotton fibres.  After carding, the raw cotton is passed through a series of brushes that comb out any remaining impurities and short cotton fibres.  Ring spinning machines then draw and twist the fibres into yarn, making it tighter and thinner.

 

You guessed right, the Cloke Outline and Silhouette Tees are made from premium combed, ring-spun cotton.

 

ACTUALLY, IT’S NOT ONLY ALL ABOUT COTTON.   IT’S ALSO ABOUT FIT.

There are two main methods of manufacturing T-shirts:

In Tubular construction, yarn is knitted into a continuous cylinder which is then cut to length to form the body of the shirt.  Sleeves and neckband are then sewn on.  No side seams are required.

With Side-seam construction, yarn is knitted into rolls of fabric which is then cut to shape.  This allows for tailored and tapered fits, as the front and back of the shirt can be cut to the perfect shape.

We probably don’t need to mention that the Outline and Silhouette have got side seams…

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