T-Shirt Information and Sizing
We print our designs on American Apparel, Anvil and Gildan brand. (Each shirt's description indicates which shirt is on what brand - "AA" for American Apparel and "An." for Anvil.)
One thing to consider when ordering, American Apparel is a slim fit cut. If you wear size M in Beefy Tee type shirts, you should consider an L for American Apparel. The Classic Girl women's shirt is a very slim cut. Those of you who may be a little on the "busty" side, should order a size up, or consider the Unisex cut.
Why do we use American Apparel?
One of the reasons is that they are manufactured in a sweatshop free environment in the USA. They pay their employees a fair salary with benefits. But the biggest reason is that the shirt is better than anything else out there. It's the softest, smoothest, and highest quality T-shirt produced. They are more expensive than Beefy Tee type shirts, but we think they are worth it. Buy it and then wear it, once you go AA there's no going back. The combed ring spun cotton surface is exceptionally smooth and tight-knit, making for a superior canvas to adorn with our Red Seat original designs. Thanks AA, your shirts rock.
Expect a small amount of shrinkage after normal, cold wash. Although you should not expect any significant fading, wash colors separately from whites, especially on the first wash.
Anvil and Gildan shirts are 100% pre-shrunk heavyweight cotton and sport a comfortable athletic fit.
Courtesy of American Apparel:
The difference between American Apparel (AA) cotton and the cotton of other leading brands is the finishing process. AA's combed ring spun cotton crafted from 30-singles yarn knitted on a 28-gauge knitting maching is noticeably softer and higher in quality than the carded cotton used by other brands. The combing process separates 80% of the more desirable (longer, thinner, more even) fibers from the less desirable (shorter, coarser, less consistent) fibers. A higher count of thinner fibers are tightly twisted together to make a stronger, smoother, finer (30) gauge thread. AA 30-singles yarn is woven on a 28-gauge machine, producing a finer-knit fabric that is softer and lighter to touch.
Inferior quality shirts use carded cotton which is a mixture of ragged, thicker, short fibers. Cheaper for manufacturers to produce, this cotton is rough, heavy and lower in quality. Fewer coarser fibers are blown together, resulting in a loosely bound, thicker (18) gauge, heavier, rougher thread. Most cotton jersey is created on a 20-gauge knitting machine. The result is a looser knit, heavier material that is coarse to the touch.