CHOOSING A

GARMENT

Let us help you pick the perfect tee shirt to match your design. After years of testing and printing tees, we've narrowed the options to our favorite, most reliable selection.

The following section outlines the specs of our best-selling tees. These receive consistent positive reviews from our clients for their fit, functionality, and color selection.

Additionally, we've listed out a couple helpful terms that allow you to better understand the construction of tee shirts (and other garments) as well as what to expect from your tees as you wear them over time.

Best Seller - Bella+Canvas 3001 or 3001CVC


With hundreds of tee shirt styles available, it can be overwhelming to find the right one. Lucky for you, we’re tee shirt experts, and we can recommend the one that will best fit your needs and budget. Our customers come to us for tee shirt guidance as often as they do for print expertise.

  • Over 50 color options for 3001 and 3001CVC available.
  • Soft Unisex tees in colors that everyone will love. Available in 100% cotton and 50/50 version.
  • Retail fit, side seams
  • Has women, kids, and long sleeve companions
  • Similar tees -- Next Level 6210; Gildan Soft Style 64000




Best Budget -- Gildan 5000


  • Great option when keeping costs low. 100% Cotton and available in 70 colors. Some Cotton/poly blend options available as well.
  • Has women, kids, and long sleeve companions.
  • Classic fit
  • Similar tees -- Gildan 2000; Hanes 5250




Best Specialty -- Comfort Colors 1717






**The list doesn’t stop here. If you’re looking for sweatshirts, hoodies, fashion tees, etc., we have a go-to list that will fit your needs and budget.

HELPFUL

TERMS

TOLERANCE

PRE-SHRUNK

The slight difference in length and width between two garments that are made to the same specifications. Tee shirts are still cut and sewn by hand, so it's common for there to be slight differences in proportion between them, even if they're from the same company. Commonly, the tolerance is most noticeable in the length of the tee. This difference doesn't mean the tees are defective. Tolerance is allowed in the process and should be expected.

Sending the garments through a shrinking process to prevent further shrinkage during routine wash and wear. All modern garments are preshrunk, but they could shrink slightly further. Most customers do not notice any additional shrinkage, but we encourage everyone to follow the care instructions to prevent issues.

GARMENT DYED

FABRIC CONTENT

Tees that are washed and dyed after they have been sewn, as opposed to dyed bolts of fabric. Garment dyed tees have a "lived in" look and feel because of the rigorous process of they go through after the shirt is assembled. Garment dyed tees, therefore, have the highest percentage of tolerance.

The type of material(s) used in the weaving of the garment fabric. The most common tee shirts are 100% cotton, a cotton / polyester blend, or a triblend made from cotton / polyester / rayon. No fabric type is inherently better than another. Each has their own budget and quality versions. As far as fit, feel, and performance, this is mostly a matter of customer preference.

GARMENT

FAQ'S

Should I order extra tees for my project?


  • Yes, this is always a good idea, especially if you’re ordering for a group of people expecting specific sizes. Typically there is one person who wishes he or she had ordered a different size.
  • We are almost always able to fulfill the exact number of tees that clients want in their orders. However, there are occasional issues, such as defective garments or small errors on press, that could result in an order that is a couple tee shirts short.
  • Of course, we will not charge clients for any shirts that we do not deliver. But we also do not guarantee exact numbers for orders. We strongly recommend that clients order a few sizes extra to cover their exact needs. The industry standard for an underrun is 5%. Dapper Ink typically delivers orders with the correct quantities, and we believe a 3% underrun is acceptable.




Can I see fit or color samples before placing an order?


Yes, we have a fairly extensive collection of samples in our shop for client review. If a client needs us to order a specific size or color of a product we can do that as well. The samples will be billed according to the market rate, and they are the client’s to keep. We do not accept returned samples, and we will not credit the cost of the samples to the final order.




Will every shirt in my order be exactly the same?


  • Although aided by fancy machines, most garments are actually made by hand, meaning not every shirt will be 100% perfect. You may have two tees that are the same style but one may have a slightly different cut. Since Dapper Ink does not make the shirts, we cannot guarantee that every garment will be made impeccably.
  • We do our best to catch these issues before sending the shirts to you, but sometimes these defects can slip through our hands. You may find a hole in your t-shirt or you may see a seam that isn't sewn up the way it should be. If you find any items with holes or rips in them, please let us know and we will work with you on refunding or crediting you for the defective items. However, we cannot give refunds for any shirts because you do not like their fit or style.




Will my tee shirt shrink?


Most 100% cotton garments are preshrunk, and most poly / cotton garments do not have a shrinking problem. That being said, we cannot guarantee the garments themselves, so we encourage our clients to wash their tees in cold water and dry on low (or hang dry to be extra safe).





 
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