* garment care
Not tonight honey, I'm washing my Billi Tee...
No need for excuses people, these tees are a breeze to look after! And because we make so many cool products now here's a bit of low down on the how to in the washing department.
NEED TO KNOW: Always take 2 minutes to check your washing instructions cos' they know what they're talking about. You'll get the best length of wear out of your stuff if you follow the rules.
COTTON: The general rule with Cotton is to cold wash, dark colours separately and line dry. If its 100% cotton, don't chuck it in a hot wash, use cold where you can. You can iron cotton tees but don't iron the screen print, it will melt! Same with the dryer, they can get pretty hot so just line dry your tee inside out if you can. Direct sunlight (especially in NZ!) will drain colour out of your beloved tee so try not to leave it out there too long, or dry out of the direct sunlight.
PROBLEMS: If your tee is twisting or shrinking, don't worry its just because
cotton is a natural fibre it likes to do as it pleases. To help stop this, we
now pre-shrink all of the cotton we use before its make into a tee, this takes
the risk of those pesky little problems down to a minimum, wicked aye? But if
you have a problem with your tee, let us know and we'll do our best to get it
COTTON LYCRA BLENDS: Lycra is great cos' it makes this nice and stretchy, it means your cotton is longer wearing and keeps it shape better. Just use a cooler iron though, but you can wash in warmer water no worries. Just be sure to wash dark colours separately, particularly on the first wash.
PRINTED STUFF: We screen print most of our stock using traditional plastisol which is super hard wearing when its done right. Some of our distressed and vintage style designs soften into your fabric as they are washed creating a fantastic ‘worn' look over time. Try washing it inside out so the sun doesn't fade your tee. Never iron your print and avoid a hot dryer. Give us a yell if something is not right with your print, and we'll check it out for you.