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The Bella+Canvas 3001C vs 3001CVC T-Shirt

By ShirtSpace | Aug 23, 2019 |  Updated Oct 31, 2023


The industry has been buzzing and people want to know - what’s the difference between the Bella+Canvas 3001C and the 3001CVC? Both styles are extremely popular in the world of apparel decoration. We will clear up the confusion, so you can choose the best Bella+Canvas tee for your next project! The biggest factor that sets these two products apart is that the 3001C has solid colors, and the 3001CVC has heathered colors, which gives the 3001CVC a speckled look. Additionally, the two styles have a different material makeup. 

Sister Styles: The Bella+Canvas 3001C and 3001CVC

You might be surprised to find out that 3001CVC shirts were once a part of the 3001C line, and were so popular, Bella+Canvas decided to split them off into their own style code. After that decision was made, the 3001CVC is just as purchased, if not even more sought-after, than the 3001C!

The Bella+Canvas 3001C

We’re happy to report that the Bella+Canvas 3001C is the original, retail-inspired cotton shirt that has been flying off the shelves for years. Made using 4.2 oz of 100% airlume combed and ringspun cotton, the 3001C features flattering side-seamed construction, unisex sizing, a tear away label and is available in 65 solid colors. 

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The Bella+Canvas 3001CVC

What features of the Bella+Canvas 3001CVC make it stand apart from the 3001C? For starters, it boasts some wildly popular heather colors that makes the fabric have a textured appearance. If you are wondering what CVC stands for, it’s Chief Value Cotton, and it’s what gives the Bella+Canvas 3001CVC its heathered appearance. 

Nearly identical to the 3001C but made using blends of CVC cotton and polyester, most of Bella+Canvas’ 3001CVC tees are constructed using 4.2 oz of 52% airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 48% polyester. The CVC aspect gives these shirts a softly woven, speckled look.

Woman with pink shirt next to man with maroon shirt

This shirt comes in 65 color options, including their innovative heather PRISM collection is pastel perfection! Bella+Canvas’ heather PRISM colors are created by re-engineering the heather yarn spinning and fabric dyeing processes and are made using 99% airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% polyester.

Finally, the last of the 3001CVC blends are the Athletic Heather and Black Heather that are made using 90% airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 10% polyester.

Man with orange shirt

The Bella+Canvas 3001C vs. 3001CVC

Still unsure of which one is the right choice for you? Tie-dyers will prefer the 3001C for a more uniform surface and because it’s made from 100% cotton. Printing projects will turn out just as great on either shirt. If you are still unsure, why not try both? You have plenty of options with 130 creative and unique colors to choose from!


Shauna Eyster02/14/2021 12:05 pm

Shirts are cozy and feel good but they are just too long. Do you know of any shirts that are very similar but not as long?


ShirtSpace08/18/2022 03:58 pm

Hello, Shauna. We love Bella+Canvas too, but we could understand how the shirts feel too long for some. Luckily, we have many brands and styles to fit everyone’s needs. The Anvil 980 is similar to the Bella+Canvas 3001 but is a bit shorter in length - ranging from half an inch to three quarters of an inch shorter: We also have the Gildan G640 Softstyle Tee that comes in solids (like the 3001C) and heathered colors (like the 3001CVC). This shirt is a little over a third of an inch shorter in length than the Bella+Canvas tees: We hope this information helps you find your perfect t-shirt! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any more questions.


Mike10/12/2020 11:41 pm

Shirts are cozy and feel good but they are just too long. Do you know of any shirts that are very similar but not as long?


ShirtSpace08/18/2022 03:56 pm

Hi, Mike. May we recommend to you the Gildan Softstyle G640. It is slightly shorter in body length than a Bella + Canvas shirt, especially as you go up in size. We love how just like the 3001C/3001CVC shirts, the G640 is very soft, just as cozy, has a tear away label and comes in lots of fun color options. It is worth noting that the G640 is a tubular shirt and the previously mentioned Bella+Canvas shirts have side seams, if that is a constructive detail you care about. Also, the G640 is not pre-shrunk like the 3001C/3001CVC, so be extra mindful when doing decorative projects and with washing practices. Another suggestion we have is Alternative’s 6094S1. It will not be as soft as the aforementioned t-shirts due to the fibers not being combed and ringspun, but it is 100% cotton. The major benefit of this shirt is you will have no problem with excessive length, and it still boasts a tear away label. The 6094S1 is not pre-shrunk so be careful with washing and the threat of shrinkage.


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