Decorating Tip: Generally, 100% cotton shirts are safe for embroidery and printing with most textile inks, like direct-to-garment printer inks, as well as screen-printing water-based and plastisol inks. However, dye sublimation doesn’t work well with cotton t-shirts at all, and your print results may look downright terrible.
Second up, polyester. This fabric is more wrinkle- and stain-resistant than cotton, fades less, and is very long-lasting. That’s why shirts made of polyester are great options for restaurant staff who need durable, tough shirts that go through lots of wearings, washes and tumbles through the dryer.
Lots of manufacturers also add treatments to polyester shirts to wick sweat and moisture away from the body. Plus, there are antibacterial treatments that prevent odors. These performance options are great for uniform apparel, and for people who are active or working out.
You’ll also see some polyester fleece fabrications, a more affordable version of wool maximizing its pros and minimizing its cons. Clothes made from polyester fleece are lightweight, highly breathable, super-soft and stay warm, even when it’s wet.
Some of Threadsy’s most popular polyester t-shirts cost under $5 each, like the Gildan G420 Adult Performance T-Shirt or the Jerzees 21M Adult DRI-POWER SPORT Poly T-Shirt. Often 100% polyester shirts will have product names that include “cooling,” “sport” or “performance” that speak to the fabrication’s quick drying properties and light weight.