Gildan Goes for Guinness: World’s Largest T-Shirt

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Gildan Activewear broke The Guinness World Record for Largest T-Shirt Saturday, June 11, 2011, during the Country Music Association’s (CMA) 40th Music Festival in Nashville. The record-breaking shirt was unveiled with the help of 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville recording artist Danny Gokey.

The T-shirt—nearly the size of a football field—measures approximately 170 feet wide and 262 feet long, weighs nearly three tons and took six weeks to make. It is so large that the amount of fabric used can create 12,000 shirts. Gildan will donate this amount of Ts to Keep the Music Playing (KTMP), a charity initiative that supports music education.

The company produced the T-shirt fabric at its textile facility with yarn from spinning plants in N.C. Final construction took place in Utah over four weeks, using sewing machines on a large track that sewed the rolls of fabric into larger panels for assembly.

The record-breaking shirt, which has the same proportions as a regular size large, was then set onto a flatbed trailer to make the 1,700 mile trip to Nashville. It was rolled out at Centennial Park beginning at 11:30 a.m. by more than 100 volunteers with a Guinness representative on hand to oversee the unveiling. The World’s Largest T-Shirt record has been set and broken five times since the first attempt in 1991. The T-shirt was measured from shoulder to hem vertically and armpit to armpit horizontally.

The unveiling, coordinated by Energy X Productions, served as a kick-off to Musician’s Corner, a weekly outdoor concert series. Gildan was presented with the Guinness World Record certificate at the LP Field stage later that evening during the CMA Music Festival’s scheduled concert.

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