Sparky’s T-shirt Review: Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex

Sparky’s T-shirt Review: Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex

You can have my shirt when you pry it off my cold, dead torso.yellow bella 3001 copy

That’s how strongly I feel about the Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex tee. In fact, it’s our go-to shirt for screen printing.

Here’s Bella’s description of this awesome tee:

This updated unisex essential fits like a well-loved favorite, featuring a crew neck, short sleeves and designed with superior combed and ring-spun cotton that acts as the best blank canvas for printing. Offered in a variety of solid and heather colors.

This shirt feels super soft to wear, it’s light (4.2 oz) and it’s 100% cotton. I love 100% cotton because it’s easy to maintain and breathes better than many blends. Plus, it looks fantastic on me. They don’t mention that on their website, but it’s true. Actually, this shirt looks good on every person we’ve sold it to or printed for. It’s just a great choice of tee when you need something that fits a wide range of bodies.

They also have some fantastic color choices in this tee.

For some reason, the pale yellow (pictured) feels a tiny bit lighter and easier to wear than darker colors like black or orange – but I allow for my imagination to have taken over here because I love the color so much. Some of my favorite printed Bella tees of ours are black.

The counterpart for the 3001 is the Ladies 6004. It’s basically the same shirt, but with slightly shorter sleeves and a tighter fit. Even so, the unisex t-shirt looks great on feminine bodies, which I can’t say for many other brands where frumpy seems to be an okay standard. This one I can actually suggest and still sleep at night.

If 100% Made in America is important to you, you’ve got options. They also have the 3001U, which is the same shirt but 100% made in the USA. There are fewer color choices, but maybe you can sleep better at night. Still, their policy on only working with overseas factories who don’t use sweatshop conditions makes me feel good about the brand in general.

This is a super value shirt, which is another reason I recommend it to our custom print clients. I believe it’s the lowest-priced shirt in the Bella+Canvas brand and for the money it’s far superior to brands like Gildan or Jerzees.

There are also some reasons I love this tee that only have to do with the screen printing process. These shirts are super easy to print on. First, they’re light (4.2 oz), so getting them on and off platens, folding back into boxes and all the other handling we do doesn’t make us feel like our arms will drop off after a run of 50. They also have a tight weave, so the ink goes on smooth like buttah.

We also have very few loose strings, holes and sewing weirdness when we get the blanks in our shop. Their consistency in quality is nice to rely on. We have had some issues with certain colors (you know, the exact ones we needed at the time) being out of stock at Bella and all our third-party vendors, which can be frustrating. So we have to be cautious about recommending it to customers, making sure we get their order in sooner than later.

So let’s sum up:

  • This shirt looks great on me
  • We get great printing results
  • It looks great on me
  • Super Duper great value

I realize that I don’t really have anything negative to say about this t-shirt. So if my review sounds like I’m shilling for Bella+Canvas, you’re right to be suspicious – but I’m not. I decided to start off our t-shirt reviews with our favorite tee. Coincidentally, it’s also the one I look best wearing.

Questions? Just email sparky@sparkyfirepants.com. We’re listening!

 

 

4 Responses to Sparky’s T-shirt Review: Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex

  1. Hi, thanks for the review. Question: the neck on the pictures I see on other sites, looks like it’s small and of a different material than the rest of the shirt. I’ve had this on other shirts and it’s awful. Can you give any thoughts on this? Thanks so much for your help!

    • Hi Kris,

      I don’t know what shirts or sites you’re looking at, so I can’t give you any insights about those. The Bella shirts I covered in the review are the same material in the neck as the rest of the shirt (100% cotton).

  2. Thanks so much for this review. I’m having a hard time figuring out what the heck they mean by “retail fit” is that anything like “athletic fit”, a snug fit or standard gift shop t-shirt-like fit?

    • I know, right? There are as many variations on “fit” as there are manufacturers, probably more! This is one of the biggest hurdles in starting an apparel line. Every single person I know and every one of our customers has their preferred fit for t-shirts. Personally, I like them more snug, except on Tuesdays when I like them looser, unless it’s the third Tuesday and then I like them super baggy. No, I’m not picky at all, why do you ask?

      But that still doesn’t tell us one gosh dern thing about what “retail fit” means.

      The best we can do is ask them. They have a handy chat feature on their website and I’ve found them to be very responsive and helpful, you should try it. They are closed as I type this or I would have found out myself. 🙂

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