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Heat-transfer printed cotton children's T-shirts dominate

Makers favor heat-transfer printing for its cost-efficiency, while cotton is chosen for its softness and breathability.


  • Printing methods: Makers employ silk-screening, and offset, discharge and heat-transfer printing. The last, which utilizes a heat press, is the quickest and most popular option. More companies are also adopting reactive dyes free from AOX, azo and formaldehyde. In addition, the resulting patterns do not affect the fabric's softness.
  • Motif: Animals, sports, and cartoon and video game characters dominate. Princess styles are likewise common in girl's T-shirts. These may be printed on the front, back or both. Simple designs with letters, numbers, dots and stripes are available as well. Several models have a small embroidery on the front chest.
  • Materials: Cotton is the mainstream choice as it is soft, breathable and absorbs sweat well. This often comes in single jersey construction, with the weight ranging from 110 to 240gsm. But because pure cotton garments lose their shape easily, suppliers add 1 to 5 percent spandex or 5 to 50 percent polyester to help retain form and improve fit.
  • Construction details: Models may have round or V-necks. The sleeves are long or short, with layered variants that give the impression of overlapping shirts also offered. Several girls’ designs come with puffed sleeves, ruffled edges and lace trimmings.

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