So you have decided to create your own t-shirt brand and have made all the business plans for it? The style of t-shirts, the kind of designs you would print, the packaging, the sizes etc. But did you make a plan to ensure that each t-shirt which comes out under your brand name is of the highest quality which is consistent? If your answer is No, then you seriously need to consider the following points. For those who are already doing it, you may want to revisit the checks you have put in place.
- Size Consistency – How did you cut the fabric before making the t-shirt? The traditional way of using a scissor and cutting it? I hope not! Ensure the fabric is cut using high weight cutting machines which cut fabric in layers in one go. This will ensure that the basic pattern of all t-shirts across sizes remain same. Consider drawing out the outline of all your sizes on a large table and keep each t-shirt you produce on top of these outlines to have a quick check for size.
- Ensure there are no stains – Very often we find that a startup brand does not have an in house printing setup and they depend on various vendors for doing this job. In between the travel from your warehouse to vendor and back the t-shirt can get dirty or worse can be stained while printing. To ensure stained t-shirts do not reach your customer, wash them before they are packed.
- No needle holes – we still stitch our clothes using needle and threads. So its normal that sometimes you have needle sized holes in the t-shirt. A good tip to ensure these holes are made invisible to the naked eye is to wash the t-shirts and ironing them before final packaging.
- No Foul Smell from Print – Very often the ink used in the printing of t-shirts has a strong smell. To remove the smell, again it is advised to wash the t-shirts before packaging.
- Take care of mending job – Do keep a close eye on all t-shirts for Mending job done. A recommendation here is make 3 categories of t-shirts. One which does not need any mending, one which can be mended in a way so that the mending is not visible and third are those which need to be discarded.
- No Broken Stitches – Very often a lazy tailor dresses to stitch a t-shirt fully. To avoid this, invert all the t-shirt and check for any broken stitch. These are easily repairable. Also, ensure that there are no over runs of stitch.