T-shirt Fabric 101: What’s the diff between Triblend, CVC & more!

Hey guys it’s Megan with BELLA+CANVAS in this video we’re gonna cover everything you need to know about fabrics whether you’re brand new to the industry or if you’re an industry vet I’m sure you’ve wondered what the difference is between Heather CVC and tri-blend or what the heck slub or poly viscose means today we’re gonna break it all down for you let’s start with the basics the most common tea in the printable market is 100% cotton a lot of other brands out there use carton open-ended cotton this is your cheaper or heavier scratchier or price point t-shirt at bella canvas we use only 100% cotton ring spun cotton what this means is we take the raw cotton and we comb out the impurities and then it’s ring spun to create a long strand of yarn so that when we knit our fabric its a tight weave and it’s the best surface to print on this is our style 3000 one the singles are like a thread count the higher the single the finer the fabric in the industry singles range for about 18 all the way up to 40 your carded open-end cheaper tees are going to be in that 18 to 20 single range our 100% combed and ring spun cotton is a 30 single and it’s a 4.2 ounce so 3001 is your go to basic hundred percent comb and ring spun tee it’s great for discharge printing and direct garment printing we’re going to get into all the details with printing tips for all the different types of fabrications down the line to keep your eyes open for that video to come another super popular fabrication is Heather CVC our Heather CvC is at 52% combed and ring-spun cotton 48 percent polyester blend it’s a 30 single at 4.2 oz Heather CVC basically means and it’s a poly-cotton blend and CVC stands for cheif value cotton which is a fabric term to indicate that there’s a slightly higher cotton content than polyester the incredible market is trending towards Heather CVC because that polyester blend gives it that nice texture that nice subtle dimension and the polyester blended with the cotton gives it a really nice soft hand so you have other hundred percent cotton that’s more of your price point basic and then Heather CVC is a step up when it comes to pricing now we’re going to take a look at tri-blend tri blend is a unique blend of cotton polyester and rayon so you have the comfort of the cotton you have the durability of the polyester and you have the drape from the rayon rayon was originally developed as a substitute for silk that’s what gives it it’s super soft hand with our tri-blend we have a 40 single and we’re the only ones to do a 40 single in the market I realize I’m bias that we have the best tri-blend in the industry similar to Heather CVC tri ones also have that nice subtle texture and the reason for this is that the natural and the synthetic fiber take the dye differently so that when it’s knit you have that really nice heather look one thing that’s unique about bella canvas tri-blend is that we’ve also engineered our dyeing process so that the natural fibers and the synthetic fibers will take the color in a way that results in a solid tri-blend we’re the only ones in the industry to offer a solid tri-blend so you get that same great hand that silky drape but that solid color that sells so well in the industry slub is more of a specialty fabrication that you might not be as familiar with slub is basically the leftover fibers and it’s a cotton poly rayon blend that’s knit in a way that gives it this nice tonal texture so when you’re screen-printing you get that dimension but it’s tonal so that it’s approachable from a decoration standpoint people are really into slub because it’s something you see prevalent at retail right now and it’s got that great vintage look to it if you’re familiar with Bella canvas you’re probably familiar with flowy but you might not know what that necessarily means the flowy collection is made of our poly viscose fabric it’s 65% polyester 35% viscose it’s a 30 single and it’s is 3.7 oz what’s unique about this it’s got a really soft silky and it’s an elevated fabrication that you would find at retail for women’s apparel it also drapes away from the body so it’s slightly oversized so no matter what shape or size you are you’re gonna find something in the flowy collection that’s right for you for the past seven years flowy has only been available to women but we recently added a poly viscose unisex tee to our fast fashion collection and that’s awesome for those sublimation printers out there because it’s perfect for that type of printing last but not least we have our marble fabrication marble is another one of our signature textures that gives you that great dimension but it’s awesome for graphic tees it’s 91 percent polyester nine percent combed and ring spun cotton it’s a 30 single and a 4 ounce so it’s got a really nice soft tan to it and again that great texture a lot of other brands in the industry have Heather CVC and tri blend options for you but no one else does dimension like this now you should all be fabric experts but if you still have questions leave them for us in the comment section below it would have been too much to cover printing tips and the difference between all the fabrics so keep an eye out for our new video that will cover all of the different techniques for these fabrics right here Be Different