The Cheap Way to Make Trend-Setting T-Shirts
“If only you could make your own shirt, cheap!” If that’s a thought that’s ever crossed your mind, read on.
Put yourself in this scenario (you’re probably been there a few times!): you’re out shopping and all you want to find is that t-shirt you’ve had in your mind for months. It’s cool; it’s unique; it’s you! But it doesn’t exist. Your wardrobe is bursting at the hinges with all the latest trends, and you have a line up of t-shirts to suit every season and situation. But everyone else has them too. And you are not everyone else.
Perhaps you’re a fashion designer or you’re about to start up your t-shirt business. What’s the one thing that’s going turn those browsers into buyers? Fresh designs that no one else is offering. If you’re the only person offering your product, then it cannot be compared in price or quality. And that puts you in a very lucrative position.
So how can you make your own shirt, cheap? How can you turn your exact visions into a quality piece of clothing without breaking the bank? We’re about to show you how with our top (excuse the pun!) advice:
Perfect your Designs
All you have to do is look back at trends from years gone by (think of the lovely paint-splatter favorites of the ’90s!) to know that fashion changes quickly. If you’re about to launch your own company, it’s important that you look at the tastes of your market and not just your own. Who do you want to buy your t-shirts? What kind of t-shirts are these people currently wearing? What would they like to wear? Do your research before you start designing and look for a gap in the market that you can fill. Remember that t-shirts come with the freedom of creating more daring designs than other items of clothing. With enough information from your target customers, you have pretty much free reign to design whatever you (or they) want. Of course, if you’re designing a t-shirt for your own wardrobe, then the only person you have to answer to is you!
Get the Fabric Lowdown
When it comes to making your own t-shirt, not all fabrics are equal. To put it simply, a bad fabric equals a bad t-shirt (and yes, this applies even if your designs knock the socks off the likes of Superdry and other t-shirt making big-wigs!). So let’s look at what fabrics are best for the three most popular types of t-shirt printing:
Choosing a cotton t-shirt is the best bet if you’re opting for screen printing. Screen printers almost always use water-based inks which take to cotton like a duck to water.
DTG (Direct to Garment)
Cotton comes out on top again with DTG printing, especially if you’re going for complex designs that require high levels of color variation and detail. For top-notch results, use a 100% cotton t-shirt.
Transfer Printing – Polyester
When it comes to t-shirt printing, transfers are the most versatile as they work on almost any material. But that doesn’t mean that all fabrics produce the same results. Because most transfers are plastic, they attach well to synthetic fabrics. So now you know how to make your own shirt cheap, it won’t be long before the world sees your amazing designs!