Spreadshirt was out to find out if it was the difference in fabric and cut that makes American Apparel t-shirts worth the premium price over other t-shirts. For this first Spreadshirt Testlab experiment Spreadshirt took twenty black American Apparel t-shirts and documented how they changed in the color, condition, overall length, the length of the sleeves, the checks and the waist.
The results of the study found that the elements reduced as follows:
Length: -1.02″ (3.5%)
Chest Width: -.75″ (3.7%)
Waist Width: -.87″ (-4.0%)
Sleeve Length: -.28 (-3.2%)
After twenty washes Spreadshirt also found that the color saturation gets lower and the fabric gets linty. Tobias of Spreadshirt stated that the AA shirts “couldn’t satisfy my expectations” but was pleased that the shirts overall shape stayed stable.
This was a great experiment and it would be interesting to see how the American Apparel compare to other brands.
For more info check out the Spreadshirt Blog.