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Published on Sep 6, 2016
The T shirt is an indispensable item which is worn by everyone; the young and the old, men and women alike. It has crossed borders and is a garment which is used all around the world, and varies in the quality and printing it is made out of. Today we will take a closer look into this simple yet comfortable piece of clothing. T shirts are characteristically defined by its T shaped design, which consists of its body and sleeves. It is generally made reference to being an item which is short sleeved and collarless, with a round neck design. Variations of customised T shirts include V neck lines, buttons, collars and even long sleeves. A T shirt is often made out of cotton fibres, though it can be a mixture between cotton and synthetic fibres as well. The defying stitch which gives a T shirt its well known soft texture is a jersey stitch. Quite a large number of modern T shirts that are available everywhere these days are made up of a continuously woven tube, hence there is no sight of side seams. This is done with the technique of circular looms that is usually used in the production of stockings as well as tube tops. The other more common method of stitching involves conventional stitching at the neck and waist bands, as well as the sleeves and shoulder parts. As there is a high demand and correlated demand for customised T shirts, the process is expedited in factories with the use of water or laser jets to cut the fabric. T shirts became a popular item during the Spanish American War, as it was a simple garment to be worn and did not require being buttoned up. The initial design at this point of time were basically crew neck T shirts, made out of white cotton and short sleeved; they served as undershirts to be worn beneath a soldier's uniform. The custom made T shirts soon began making waves at parties as they were worn there by sailors and Marine soldiers. This would partly be due to the fact that the tropical weather proved to be a deterrent that made the soldiers remove their uniforms, as the heat was too much to bear. The soldiers did not have to worry about soiling their uniforms this way, as only the undershirts, which were the T shirts, were dirtied. Over the years, customised T shirts became a fad that has definitely not died off, and still lives on to this day. There are many types of printing which have been done on to the personalised T shirts, and these include the famous tie-and-dye technique, as well as screen printing and expressive messages. In fact, custom made T shirts are such a hit that there are online stores that are thronged with people requesting for their own custom T shirts. This can be done by adding a picture, graphic design, text or a combination of more than one of the mentioned to create a unique T shirt.