A T-shirt is a very durable piece of clothing that can be used both as outerwear and underwear. Since its creation in the 1920s it has become one of the most massively popular articles of clothing around. T-shirts are made to fit every single person from the smallest baby to the oldest senior. They come in many different colors and pattern and also many different styles. Such styles include designs like the crew neck, V-neck, tank top, and scoop neck. The sleeves of this piece of clothing have just as many varieties as the amount of colors they come in. From long, short, raglan, yoked, and capped there is a style for every single person out there. Although we all own many different t-shirts none of us really know what it takes to manufacture t-shirts. This article will go over the basic steps in manufacturing t-shirts.
Every t-shirt is typically made with a 100% cotton or polyester base, sometimes though they will be made in a cotton/polyester blend. Although there are many other fabrics that can create a t-shirt, most manufacturers stick to these three blends. The actual process of making a t-shirt is in reality quite simple due to the fact that it is almost entirely automated. Most t-shirt manufactures will have a machine for cutting, assembling, and stitching in order to keep time and production at very high marks.
The first step is deciding on which style of t-shirt to create. Once the design is picked the dimensions are transferred to patterns. Adjustments will be made for the many size differences and the obvious differences in styles. Once the dimensions are transferred the different sections of the t-shirt are cut to precise specifications. These cut pieces will be a tubed body or separate front and back sections, sleeves, trim, and pockets if present in the particular design.
Assembling the sleeves is one of the next steps in the t-shirt manufacturing process. Generally speaking, the hems on sleeves are usually finished before they are even sewn into the garment as it is much easier to hem fabric when it is flat. The sleeves are moved into place by an automated machine and sewn into place on the t-shirt itself. Depending on the style of the t-shirt body there may be slight variations with how the sleeves are sewn on.
After this point the garment hem will be sewn together making it look like an actual t-shirt. Once the full shirt hem has been completed it is on to adding a pocket if the particular shirt style includes them. After any additional pockets are sewn onto the t-shirt we are moved to finishing up the seams on the shoulder. This step is put off until this point as the shoulder seams are to be completed slightly differently to ensure strength in the seams. Finishing the shoulder seams can be done either before or after the neck band is attached.
Once the neckband is attached the manufacturer is able to add in any additional features that are to be present in this particular t-shirt style. This primarily relates to different prints for decorative purposes.
The t-shirt is by far one of the most popular pieces of clothing on this planet and due to the significance of it the process of manufacturing has become quite a quick and painless procedure.