MAKING POLO SHIRT FABRICS AND ACCESSORIES: A Comprehensive Guide

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List of All Fabrics & Accessories for Making Polo shirt

Polo shirts are one of those wardrobe essentials that never go out of style. Whether you’re a preppy Ivy League type or a laid-back casual dresser, there’s a right Polo shirt for every occasion. Polo shirt is one of the most popular jersey shirts in summer, except the round neck T-shirt. It has also become one of the most popular fashion items nowadays.

T shirts and Polo shirts are both belong to knit jersey Category, the most simple basic collection, your favorite top patterns.

If you want to entry the clothing business industry, polo shirt maybe a good category for start up, you should have a basic understanding of what makes up polo shirts, how the polo shirt is produced, and how to measure polo shirts. Making polo shirt is not that high profit business, but you can sell much more quantity than other fashion items.

The first step you should take is to learn what is the stuff that makes up the polo shirts like fabrics and accessories. As we help dozens of clients ordering custom polo shirts every year, we have a good understanding and experience on processing polo shirt production. We known all the fabrics and accessories used in making polo shirts.

1. Most Common Polo Fabrics

Pique fabric

Polo shirts are typically made from a variety of materials, Pique fabric is the most common.

Pique Have different weight and composition available, usually the weight from 160g/m² to 230g/m². The surface of the pique fabric is porous, like a honeycomb. It is lightweight fabric, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying, making them ideal for sports like golf, tennis, and polo. Because of its special texture, it is easy to identify, so some people call it “Boro cloth”, which absorbs sweat and is not easy to deform. Even in summer you feel good by wear them. It is generally used for polo shirts and sportswear.

Many high end brands of polos are made of pique. The pique cotton has very good air permeability and moisture permeability, soft hand feeling, soft and casual appearance, not easy to deform after washing, easy care even no need too often iron, machine wash also fine.

Composition mostly use as polo fabrics:

Cotton

As we all know, we will get more comfortable with cotton than other fiber, but cotton have shortage on sweat absorbs and texture and not easy to get dry than other fibers. Specially for white color cotton polo shirts, after times of washing, it will go yellow and out of shape.

Cotton/polyester blend

Some people like to choose cotton/polyester blend. They have good performance and shape, also cheaper and more durable. After many times of wash, the color still looks bright.

Polyester

Some people like to choose polyester fabrics. As it’s cheapest, many brands use them for advertising, free gift. Polyester is very easy to print in low cost. But it’s not very comfortable specially in hot summer.

Cotton or Polyester with spandex/lycra

A better stretch and hand feeling after add spandex.

Other composition blend

Many other blend composition can use linen, modal ect. which can add durability and stretch to the fabric. This makes them more resistant to wear and tear, and can help the shirt maintain its shape over time.

Stripe Pique

Various option of color combination, stripe width.

Other jerseys

There are also other kinds of jerseys not like the pique can be use to make polo shirt, such as single jersey fabric, french terry and rib.

Some higher quality polo shirts may be made from luxury fabrics like silk or cashmere, which add a touch of luxury and sophistication to the garment. These materials are often more expensive and require special care to maintain their quality.

2. Accessories for polo shirts

1 Collar, sleeve end, cuff rib

neck rib

First and foremost, the polo shirt is known for its collar. Unlike a crew neck t-shirt, which has a simple round collar, the polo shirt has a pointed collar that adds a touch of sophistication to the garment.

Weft knitting rib, tighten and straight, collar can stand well on the neck, but not like the dress shirt that kind of formal. Because ribs have good elastic and stretch well, after many times of wash the stretch still good, Ribs on sleeve cuff not too loose and baggy, it’s the best choice.

The cuffs help to keep the sleeves in place, which is especially useful for those active people. You can order solid color or with stripe in different lines, different composition, width, pattern ect.

2 Rib tape

This kind of rib tape mostly use on neckband and bottom split open part sewing inside.  because the tape cover the stitching, So the polo shirt looks more clean and tidy and high quality.

3 Button hole and buttons

Polo shirt button

The center front under the neck will have 2-3 button holes with buttons, there are wide range options of buttons, 2 holes, 4 holes; material of plastic, resin, wood or mental; shape from round, square, ball, mushroom, heart, colors can dye to match or any custom colors and patterns.

Important tips: women’s polo shirts right hand side is button hole, left hand side is buttons. While men’s polo shirts right hand is buttons, left is button holes.

4 Fusing

Fusing

Inside the center front placket, will have layer fusing, it makes the placket stand and stay hard, has paper fusing and cloth fusing. The fusing help the placket to keep shape while opening button holes.

5 Logo and label

Logo embroidery, screen print, patch as the way you like. The neck label usually put on inside of the center back neckline, care label on left side seam above the bottom.

The End

Heyday dynasty have over 10 years experience on making custom polo shirts, if you have any inquiries please feel free to contact us.

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