How do I inventory screen printed t-shirts?

What is the best way to track inventory for a company that sells screen printed t-shirts? We buy t-shirts in bulk, send some out for screen printing, then sell them. When we buy the t-shirts, they go into inventory. I'm thinking when I send some out for screen printing, I should adjust from inventory to WIP. The t-shirts cost $6 each (but it varies depending on size), and the printing costs $2/shirt. How do I get the finished printed t-shirt into inventory for its total cost of $8? 

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you have the right idea

create a dummy bank account called wip

use inventory adjust, set the adjusting account to the wip account, lower the qty

pay the printing bill and use the wip account as the expense for the printing

create a dummy vendor called in-house, and if necessary create the new inventory item for the screen printed shirt, zero qty zero cost/value

"buy" the screen printed inventory item from the in-house vendor, qty is the number of shirts printed, and in total item cost enter the full amount in the wip account, QB will do the per item rate for you, save.

sell the printed shirt inventory item

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