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T-Shirt Printing information, news and advise from Shirtworks.

The latest garments to reach us for printing and embroidery of promotion items, sportswear, club gear and corporate clothing

Arron Harnden

Muay Thai T shirts - an excursion into an obscure genre.

Muay Thai T shirts - an excursion into an obscure genre.
Enter your text here ... Enter your text here ... I don't know what world you guys inhabit at the moment, but my world is Muay Thai. I love having an obsession, something to focus on and be passionate...
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The future of fashion could be a medieval throwback!!

The future of fashion could be a medieval throwback!!
That old saying 'what goes around comes around' is kind of true but not absolutely true. I have been waiting patiently for the return of the Jacobean ruff and Tudor codpiece but I feel like somet...
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Fair Share! Is it the emperor’s new clothes?

Fair Share! Is it the emperor’s new clothes?
A LIVING WAGE IS A HUMAN RIGHT. IT SHOULD COVER THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, ALLOW FOR SOME SAVINGS AND MUST BE EARNED WITHIN A 48 HOURS WORKING WEEK- Continantal Clothing Once i...
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Veblen, conspicuous consumption, virtue signalling and your T shirt brand.

Veblen, conspicuous consumption, virtue signalling and your T shirt brand.
​ The unacceptable face of capitalism is in the news this week. Philip Green is accused of enriching his own life at the expense of the many, this is capitalism personified. It is an ugly face. This m...
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Where are T shirts and cotton garments manufactured?

Where are T shirts and cotton garments manufactured?
Lots of people simply will not give a fig. Why does it matter where your stuff comes from as long is its what you want at a price you are happy to pay? What does it matter if it was made in Honduras, ...
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Brand Focus -SPIRO sports brand.

Brand Focus -SPIRO sports brand.
I love getting sweaty. I have figured out that I really appreciate the feeling I get after I have worked hard. I have figured out that if my motivation starts to take a dip, I can buy a new piece of k...
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Not just about printed and embroidered t-shirts…we are also, all about bags.

Not just about printed and embroidered t-shirts…we are also, all about bags.
We Love Bags! We love bags because they stow your stuff. We love bags because they enable you to operate in tough urban environments by allowing you to carry those survival essentials; like your lapto...
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Hi Viz…for rugged builder types.

Hi Viz…for rugged builder types.
Health and safety regulations for wearing hi-viz workwear and some clothing solutions.   Hi Visibility clothing has been compulsory in some work environments now since 1992. You must conduct a ri...
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We have expanded our B&C range...

We have expanded our B&C range...
19 years in business (10 years younger than us!) means that B&C are just emerging from their teen years, about to blossom into a beautiful adult. It is often said that beauty is only 'skin deep'. ...
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Do you like to get high? Have you tried running the London marathon?

Do you like to get high? Have you tried running the London marathon?
We all like to be comfortable. We spend most of our money and a lot of time creating an environment and a set of routines that help service our comfort. We like to be in an 'alpha wave state' where ou...
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The little people in your life…………..

The little people in your life…………..
Kids and toddler clothing for printing and embroidery. Look at this pitiful image and take a moment. What do you see?  These poor wretches were typical of their time when 'kids fashion' was a fut...
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Latest Sailing Clothing

Latest Sailing Clothing
If you like the sound of water slipping off your bow, the wind pressing your back as you cut along on a magnetic bearing and if you can recite the lyrics to Sally Brown (Roll and go) while chugging do...
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Printing or embroidery onto polo shirts advice

There are some things to consider when you are planning your printed or embroidered polo shirt order.

Not everything will work and some things that will work, can work better if you know the pitfalls.

The first thing to consider is the weave or knit of the polo shirt.

Polo shirts more often than not have a weave known as 'PIQUE' (pee-kay). This is a knitted weave which produces a texture that appears raised and patterned.

If you were to examine it closely, you would see the peaks and troughs that exist at the warp and weft junctions.

PIQUE KNIT

pique knit

 

JERSEY KNIT

close up of jersey knit fabric used for polo shirts

 

This is a flatter and smoother weave, which is more common in T-shirts and sweatshirts.

The difference in the weaves is obvious and this will often influence the decision on whether to go for screen-printing, digital printing, vinyl (usually for names and numbers on the back) or embroidery.

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How to look good in a T shirt.

The truth about looking good in a T shirt is that you either need to be the right kind of skinny, spending quality time in the gym or you need to wear your 'size' like you own the world and your big curves and bulges are a deliberate strategy to occupy more space as you grow more glorious and fabulous.

The right kind of skinny.
If your metabolism is aggressive or you burn through nervous energy then you might be one of those people that finds it hard to put on weight. You will probably be in one of the metabolic categories that is controlled by your adrenal or pituitary glands.

Females are categorised with 4 types of metabolism while men have only 3. Your metabolism is largely governed by one of our four major glands and each of us has a dominant gland; the thyroid, the adrenal, the pituitary and the gonads or sex glands. In men, the adrenal and gonadal types are combined.

Another way to categorise body types is as mesomorphs (those with athletic builds), endomorphs (those with bigger bodies) and ectomorphs (those with very thin builds).

In reality, most of us are a combination of body types or our glandular activity is a combination of those four types. Glandular activity changes throughout our life and it can be affected by our choice of diet and the external stimuli we are subjected to but the natural 'skinnies' amongst you can look great in the right fitting T shirt whether you are a 'fit-skinny' or a 'slacker-skinny'.

Fit-skinny

skinny people

sweetspot on a t-shirt

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Shirtworks roadtest for new Stanley Stella products for 2016.

Shirtworks roadtest for new Stanley Stella products for 2016.

What has a seminal 1947 Tennesee Williams play about complex human interactions and a study of masculinity have in common with a 21st century clothing brand?

Well..............we have no idea!

Stanley & Stella (S&S) are two of the main characters in 'A Streetcar named Desire' and also the name of an ethical clothing brand which has positioned itself as a fashion white label product for anyone wanting to create a product driven as well as brand driven clothing brand of their own.

The garment decoration business has long been supplying basic t shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies etc.... for screenprinting or embroidery but in the last 3 years there have been interesting 'fashion' orientated products coming into the market.

These products have been constructed using alternative weave and dying processes to create fashion textures that have been appearing on the high street recently.

S&S also use organic cotton and their products are Fair Wear accredited. This can be an important message for your own brand and can add value, credibility and brand equity.

8 different sustainable fabrics

5 innovative dyeing techniques

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Does a T shirt printing/embroidery company really need a customer service element?

google search query

Does a T shirt printing/embroidery company really need a customer service element?

 

So....you did your Google search for T shirt printing companies and Google decided to present you with page 1 of your search results with 3 companies that had paid for positioning then one or two national companies and then the local options.

Google tries to be clever with its algorithms that determine how good a company is and whether it deserves ranking but it is not as clever as it would like to be and its technology has its limitations. It uses over 200 assessment criteria in its calculations and some human input but it is a flawed model.

All Google can see is a website and there is a whole lot of the business that it cannot see. Almost all of it in fact.

It is assessing a business in the way that you might look at a book cover and then decide without opening the book whether or not the contents are any good , worth reading and then worth recommending. It is flawed and often unfair.

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The Polo Shirt

What is the polo shirt all about

We at Shirtworks like to think of it as the ‘hybrid’, located somewhere in no-mans land between the T shirt and the formal shirt.

The basic concept is simple but the subtle varieties available in this product are worthy of some spotlight.

The polo shirt is something of a misnomer and its genesis can actually be attributed to tennis.

In the early 20th century, Rene Lacoste (pictured below) decided that he could not play his best tennis whilst wearing the traditional long sleeve shirt and tie. He set about designing and then wearing his own Jersey Petite Pique. The garment he wore in the 1926 US open championship is the model that all polo shirts hail from. Rene’s Chemise Lacoste company was formed in 1933 and began marketing and selling these garments in Europe and North America with the famous crocodile logo.

Rene lacoste wearing a polo shirt

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The journey of the T shirt through popular culture

Last century, in 1990 I saw a film.
I was 18 yrs of age, still impressionable, still trying to figure out who I was and what my outward identity would communicate.
An image in that film caught my eye.
It was a v neck t shirt.
Not just any v neck T shirt, it was a garment draped over the languidly cool frame of the actor Matt Dillon who was playing the lead character, James Fogle, in Gus Van Sants film about a drug addict turned robber to fund his drug habit.
A poor choice for me as a life and fashion role model but I was 18 and I was a young fool who, all of a sudden, wanted a plain white v neck t shirt. An impossible thing to buy on the high street in the UK in 1990.This unattainability made it all the more desirable to me.
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Everyday powerful images stream into our subconscious from the numerous screens that coexist with or current 21th century routines and

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The geographical and economic journey of your T-shirt.

Take a look in your wardrobe or chest of drawers. It is a statistical certainty that you own a T shirt.

What other product do you know of that almost everybody in the world owns?

The incredible journey that your T shirt has taken will surprise most of you. The human effort and energy expenditure invested in your T shirt and the small amount of money you have paid for that garment will surprise you.

The story about to unfold is a summary of a typical journey . We cannot possibly tell you all of them as not all journeys are the same but what is the same is the fact that the T shirt is a truly global, cosmopolitan traveller with thousands of miles in its passport and numerous personalities involved in its short life before it finds it home with you.

Your T shirt started life as a seed. If you are reading this in the UK, it is likely to have began its journey in

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The 10 Coolest T-Shirt Designs We've Seen in 2015

 

2015 is nowhere near finished, and we’ve already come across some of the best T-shirt designs we’ve seen in years. Whether you’re hitting a beach overseas, or staying at home to soak up the best of the British sunshine, you’re going to look fantastic in one of these T-shirts.

The Stussy Collage Tie-Dye

Stussy Tie DyeThis isn’t your 60s tie-dye, peace symbol T-shirt. These are all over tie-dye prints, splashed with edgy messaging, images of the fashion icon you want to be, and a lot of urban cool.

Colourways come in blue, purple, and red, while the shirt itself comes in a regular fit from size S to XXL.

The Oldhead Biker Logo T

Oldhead has hardly kept their love of all things snowboarding, skating and surfing a secret, so how wonderful to see their ‘Never Stop Riding’ logo below a motorbike with wings.

In keeping with the look of every classic biker tee ever made, this 100% cotton tee comes in simple black. The bike brown logo’s stands out in minimal but effective tan design, making this a t-shirt destined for a few appreciative glances this summer.

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