Frequently Asked Questions


100% Cotton

These are your basic and most common types of shirts. If you're new to the industry this would be a safe place to start and get your feet wet. They are affordable and yield great print results. One thing to note is that even though they are usually pre shrunk, 100% cotton shirts are still known to shrink a little after washing. This would also be the best option for novelty tees, business promotions, team shirts, etc.

Styles MadPrints.ca offers that are 100% cotton:

100% Ringspun Cotton

These garments are thinner and softer than your regular 100% cotton tees and, because of their manufacturing process, are more durable as well. This is our most popular garment types among clothing brands. They have a higher-end feel and do not shrink as much as your average 100% cotton shirt. If budget isn't an issue and you’re a clothing brand, we would strongly recommend this route.

Styles MadPrints.ca offers that are 100% ringspun cotton:
· American Apparel
· Fruit of the Loom
· Next Level
· Bella + Canvas


Other Things to Consider

Beyond these two options, selections can be broken down even further with garment weights.

Garment weights are usually reflected by their durability. The heavier the garment the more durable, while the lighter the softer. Keep in mind that because ringspun cotton shirts are manufactured to be more durable and lighter than regular cotton shirts, a lighter 4.3 oz ringspun cotton shirt will usually be more durable than a heavier 6 oz cotton shirt.

Bottom Line

When it's all said and done, your garment choice really comes down to some basic factors:
· What’s your budget
· Personal preference


Battle of the brands

Here is an ever more in depth comparison between brands and styles.

Gildan 64000 Softstyle shirts are our most affordable, softest feel cotton shirt. They are loose-fitting and produce good quality printing results. Up from that are your Gildan Heavy Cotton shirts and Gildan Ultra Cotton shirts. The difference between the three are your weights:

· Gildan Softstyle = 4.5 oz
· Gildan Heavy Cotton = 5.5 oz
· Gildan Ultra Cotton = 6.1 oz

Keep in mind, the heavier the weight the thicker the garment will feel, with the heavier garments being more durable than the lighter garments.

Our Gildan 2000 Ultra Cotton shirts are also offered in the widest selections of sizes, ranging from Small to 3XL.

American Apparel 2001 (men) / 2102 (women) shirts are our most popular garments. These are 100% ringspun cotton, making them lighter and softer, yet as durable as the heavier weighted shirts. They are also slimmer-fitting than any of our other selections. One key reason why so many of our clients decide to go with this brand is because they are made here in the U.S. in 100% sweatshop-free factories. American Apparel garments also produce some of our best printing results.