What does your favorite T-shirt feel like? Does it fit just right? Or is it made of a material that’s stayed just as soft as the day you bought it? When it comes to ordering custom apparel, there’s a lot more to think about than just the design. If you’re having custom T-shirts made, it’s important to think about the fit and fabric to keep your guests or customers happy.

Check out our guide for the best T-shirt materials and brands available, and contact Goodbye Blue Monday in Boulder to get started on your custom apparel project.

Anvil 980

If you’re looking for a T-shirt that has more of a relaxed, athletic fit, then Anvil’s Lightweight Fashion 980 Short Sleeve T-Shirt is your go-to. The shirts are made with pre-shrunk, ringspun cotton so you don’t have to worry about your design warping during the application process or after being washed.

Another great feature of the Anvil 980 is that it has a tear-away tag so that custom T-shirt tags can be added later without the remnants of the previous tag. This will keep your shirts in the best quality possible without sacrificing your one-of-a-kind look.

Gildan/American Apparel 2001W

American Apparel may be owned by Gildan Canadian Apparel now, but you can still order great, high-quality T-shirts for your custom apparel from them. We recommend the Fine Jersey Tee 2001W from the clothing manufacturer. The material is soft, well stitched, and comes in a variety of colors. 

The 2001W is a 100% cotton T-shirt, but you can also find 50/50 blends, tri-blends, and Poly Cotton. If you’re looking for a T-shirt that has a relaxed look, this one is the winner.

Next Level 6410

If you’re looking for a T-shirt that ultra-comfy and so soft that no one will ever want to take it off, the Next Level Fitted Sueded 6410 T-shirt is your best bet for accomplishing this goal. The material is a 60/40 blend of combed cotton and poly sueded jersey, so it feels like velvet without looking like it just jumped out of the ‘90s.

These T-shirts are also great if you want to create custom apparel that looks more vintage and worn-in. After a single pass of ink during screen printing, your design has a cool, aged texture that a lot of trendsetters love.

Alternative 1070

If you’re looking to have some higher-end custom apparel created, Alternative 1070 T-shirts are made with 100% high-quality, combed, ringspun cotton. Though it may be just a T-shirt, if you want custom apparel that lasts for years to come, the heavier weight of the Alternative 1070 T-shirts is your best bet for lasting quality.

This shirt is also available in a variety of styles and cuts, so you can differentiate your clothing options without sacrificing quality.

Bella + Canvas 3001

For the best deal on quality, price, comfort, and fit, the Bella + Canvas 3001 T-shirt will cover all of your bases to keep your customers and your bank account happy. Depending on the texture of shirt, there are different fabric blends available. Jersey T-shirts are 100% combed, ringspun cotton, while Heather colors are different blends of cotton and polyester.

These shirts are soft, fit a variety of sizes well, and won’t break the bank!


Once you have your T-shirts picked out for your custom apparel — or if you need help choosing the perfect brand — contact Goodbye Blue Monday in Boulder to get started!