When it comes to choosing the right t-shirt, the extensive collection of apparel brands and garment styles may seem a little bit overwhelming at first. This guide will serve as an attempt to help break down these selections for you.

100% Cotton

These are your basic and most common types of shirts. They are affordable and yield great print results. One thing to note is that even though they are usually pre shrunk, 100% cotton shirts are still known to shrink a little after washing. This would also be the best option for novelty tees, business promotions, team shirts, etc.

Styles that are 100% cotton:
· Gildan

100% Ringspun Cotton

Garments from 100% Ringspun Cotton are thinner and softer than your regular 100% cotton t shirts and, due to the manufacturing process, are more durable as well, and as a result, is our most popular garment types. They have a higher-end feel and do not shrink as much as your average 100% cotton shirt. If budget isn’t an issue and you’re looking for good quality, durable apparel, we would strongly recommend this route.

Styles that are 100% ringspun cotton:
· American Apparel
· Anvil
· Alternative
· Bella + Canvas

Other Things to Consider

Beyond these two options of 100% Cotton and 100% Ringspun Cotton, selections can be broken down even further with organic varieties as well as garment weights.

· American Apparel
– 2001ORG / 2102ORG
– 2105ORG
– 2456ORG
– 2201ORG
– 4001ORG
· Alternative 6021
· Anvil 420

While choosing an organic option will be based solely on personal preference, garment weights can be considered.

Garment weights are usually reflected by their durability. The heavier the garment the more durable, while the lighter the softer. Keep in mind that because ringspun cotton shirts are manufactured to be more durable and lighter than regular cotton shirts, a lighter 4.3 oz ringspun cotton shirt will usually be more durable than a heavier 6 oz cotton shirt.

Battle of the brands

Here is an even more in depth comparison between brands and styles.

Gildan 64000 Softstyle shirts are our most affordable, softest feel cotton shirt. They are loose-fitting and produce good quality printing results. Up from that are your Gildan Heavy Cotton shirts and Gildan Ultra Cotton shirts. The difference between the three are your weights:

· Gildan Softstyle = 4.5 oz
· Gildan Heavy Cotton = 5.5 oz
· Gildan Ultra Cotton = 6.1 oz

Keep in mind, the heavier the weight the thicker the garment will feel, with the heavier garments being more durable than the lighter garments.

Our Gildan 2000 Ultra Cotton shirts are also offered in the widest selections of sizes, ranging from Small to 5XL.

American Apparel 2001 (men) / 2102 (women) shirts are our most popular garments. These are 100% ringspun cotton, making them lighter and softer, yet as durable as the heavier weighted shirts. They are also slimmer-fitting than any of our other selections.

Our other popular Anvil varieties includes the Anvil 980 Lightweight Tee.

· Anvil 980 Lightweight Tee
– 4.5 oz
– 100% ringspun cotton

The Anvil 980 is our most popular shirt, along with the Alternative Apparel 1070 (men) / 1072 (women) shirts. These shirts come in second in popularity as they cost slightly more than your Anvil selections but are our highest quality options which are also the most comparable to American Apparel. The torsos on these shirts do tend to run longer than other brands.

We hope this has helped you better understand the range of t-shirt brands and garment styles available.

Originally Published As T-Shirt Brand Apparel Guide on MostlyGifts.com.


So just what is Direct To Garment Printing? The Direct to Garment (or DTG as it is also known) printing process is where a printer directly applies the ink onto fabric with inkjet technology using a special printer which prints the ink directly onto the garment in the desired design. Direct to Garment (DTG) printing uses specialty inks which are absorbed by the fibers of the garment.

Since a DTG printer can deliver precise, high resolution images, like…well…a printer, you’re able to print images in much higher detail than you can with screen print tees, and you’re not limited in color either.

Because the printer can print any image, customization is simple. This is also a good option for those who don’t have a lot of money to make an up-front investment for a large batch, because each t-shirt can be ordered separately.

You can order DTG printed graphic t shirts from Shirterrific, it’s what we do…If we don’t stock what you’re looking for, you can Contact Us with more information and we’ll see how we can help you.

Our partner, Shirterrific offers the Direct-to-Garment style of printed graphic tee. We’ve made it easy for any to make a one-off t-shirt order.

If you’re not sure which t-shirt printing method is right for you, get in touch with us. We’ll give you an honest evaluation and suggest the best option for you.

Originally Published As Understanding Direct to Garment Printing on MostlyGifts.com.


If you’re looking for the best ways to create awesome printed t-shirts then screen printing or direct to garment printing are two of the most popular options and certainly the more qualitative (leaving behind the days of vinyl and heat transfers) when trying to create awesome t shirts.

Screen printing graphics deliver a high quality method that lets us easily print many of the same type of custom t shirts which makes it cheaper than Direct-to-Garment printing options for bigger orders.

These days there are tons of options for printing custom t shirts, each is different and has its own characteristics.

If you’re printing cheap graphic tee shirts for men or ladies graphic tees or any type of cool graphic tees and want to make a large order of t-shirts at one time, the graphic t shirts you want to print are all of the same design and don’t have too many different colors, then graphic tees screen printing could be the best option for you.

The screen printing process involves pushing ink through a woven mesh stencil onto the fabric. The openings in the stencil create the space through which the ink will go to create the unique shirt designs you require.

Due to the techniques involved in screen printing graphic t shirt designs, only one color can be applied at any one time, therefore, the number of colors in a screen printed t-shirt design is limited and each layer demands more time, another screen and stencil and ultimately, it becomes hard to produce cheap graphic tees.

While screen printing is a good choice for simple, one color, solid designs when you’re creating many printed t-shirts of the same design at a time, Direct to Garment printing is fast becoming the go-to option for printing the best graphic shirts if you have a more complex design.

There are many ways to get screen printed tee shirts. Here’s a great tutorial on how to do it at home if you want to give it a go!), otherwise, find a screen printer close to our, or, graphic tee collection from our exclusive partner, Shirterrific and view the range of custom t shirts including funny t shirts, vintage t shirts as well as shirts for men and shirts for women including the ever-popular vote for pedro shirt….so have a look around!

If you don’t see a design that meets your needs or have a custom t shirts you would like printed with your own design, simply Contact Us with more information and we’ll see how we can help you.

Originally Published As Direct To Garment Printing vs Screen Printing on MostlyGifts.com.