Custom Clothing Line | T-shirt Printing | Getting Started
April 25, 2012No Comments
Creating a custom clothing line can be fun but also tedious. The more organized you are the faster and more accurate production will be. Take for example the tees in this posts photo… There are tons of variable to consider when putting a custom clothing line together. What type of tees, what sizes, which color tees, ink colors, ink types, not to mention the design work, design size, and laying out mock-ups. This particular customer (www.olivetee.com) was very organized and production went incredible smooth. They used a combination of soft plastisol, waterbased ink, and discharge and the results were for their custom clothing line were amazing!
Here are the steps to creating a custom clothing line!
1. Finalize your artwork and mock-ups / matrix / design card / spec sheet.
What are mock-ups / matrices / design cards/ spec sheets?
These terms pretty much mean the same thing and are a vital part in working with a screen printing shop. The more organized you are here, the easier and more accurate everything is. We like using the term mock-ups. Mock-ups carry all the information that a screen printing shop needs. Each mock-up should contain 1 design, you can also include color changes for multiple ink colorways. Here is a list of what a mock-up should contain for your custom clothing line:
- Your Vector Art
- T-shirt Colors and T-shirt Size breakdown
- Notes on print size
- An estimated print location (most companies trust our judgment on print location since we print thousands of tees every day!)
- Ink colors (for more accuracy choose colors from your Pantone Swatchbook.)
- Type of ink (if you are familiar with the different ink types: Plastisol, Waterbased, Discharge, Soft Hand, etc.)
- Any special suggestions you may have.
Here is a FREE VECTOR T-SHIRT PDF!
2. Choose a T-shirt Style:
There are hundreds of t-shirt styles out there. Here at InkMyTee.com we’ve narrowed the search down to 3 awesome tees that print amazing! Click here to view
- Anvil (basic)
- Tultex (Soft, Mid-Grade)
- Next Level (Soft, Premium)
These tees are all 100% cotton which is required when doing discharge printing. These brands also carry Poly-blend and Tri-blend material options.
3. Choose T-shirt Printer:
That would be us! We’ve done printing for high-end custom clothing lines in retail stores such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Urban Outfitter, etc. You can trust that your tees will be at the highest quality for your audience. Simply fill out the quick quote form on the right and we’ll help get you started! Here is more info on “How to select the right printer?”. Or give us a call @ 877-Ink-My-Tee and LET’S GET STARTED!
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