Anvil Knitwear is a Staple in the T-Shirt Industry

December 13th, 2012

Anvil T-Shirts

Here at You Design It we like to spotlight various brands from time to time to inform our customers about their options and let them know about some of the very best of the best products. One brand we are very pleased to offer is the Anvil brand. Anvil is an amazing, high quality brand that offers a very wide range of different products. They have quite a few different unisex styles, as well as some terrific ladies styles, and to top it all off they have a great range of athletic gear! Let’s take a look at some of their most popular items.

980 Anvil Fashion Fit Ringspun T-Shirt

This is a fantastic t-shirt that we are very pleased to be able to offer to our customers courtesy of the Anvil brand. This shirt embodies some of the best and most popular trends in the t-shirt market today. For instance the t-shirt itself is made of 100% Ringspun cotton. For those who are unfamiliar with this type of cotton it is specifically designed to be extra soft and comfortable. This is accomplished by the ringspinning process.

This tee is also great because it is one of Anvil’s premium fashion fit tees. That means that it is designed to have a flattering, tapered style. Consumers should be aware, however, that due to its more fitted nature it does typically run a little bit smaller than a traditional tshirt. Another perk of this shirt is that it is also designed to be lighterweight and more comfortable.

982 Anvil Soft Spun Fashion Fit V-Neck T-Shirt

As you can probably guess from the name the V-Neck Soft Spun Fashion Fit Tee is very similar to the shirt we profiled above with the exception of also having a v-neck rather than a crewneck. V-necks are more popular than ever these days and they truly do look stylish and hip while retaining all the same comfort and advantages of a crewneck.

Rest assured that the Soft Spun Fashion Fit V-Neck shirt also packs all the same benefits in terms of a lighter, more comfortable weight, and ultra soft cotton. This t-shirt is great for the fashion forward shopper and also makes a great selection if the shirts will be worn at parties or similar events. Don’t miss out on this sure winner!

978 Anvil Ladies’ Heavyweight T-Shirt

The Anvil Ladies’ Heavyweight T-shirt is what we always recommend as the standard for a ladies’ t-shirt. The reason for this is that this shirt gets everything right. It has a more feminine cut than the men’s version while still retaining a true, standard t-shirt style. That means that unlike the fashion fit t-shirts mentioned above this shirt still fits like a regular tee which is often very desirable and preferable for a number of reasons. In addition the Anvil Ladies has a fantastic selection of colors, is preshrunk, and also a very affordable, well-priced option.

Rest assured that in addition to the ladies’ version of this shirt unisex and youth options for the style also exist. Plus, if you’re looking for a more speciality type of ladies’ shirt like a v-neck or tank top, Anvil still has you covered with some really great choices. Let us know if you have any questions or want to find a specific color or other ladies’ style.

2184 Anvil Baseball T-Shirt

The Anvil Baseball Tee is one of our absolute favorite raglan style t-shirts! This shirt is designed to be worn by baseball or softball teams, but in truth it makes a fresh, stylish choice for any t-shirt shopper. The contrasting sleeves and body of the shirt are the hallmark of this style and Anvil does it right with some really great color combos.

Remember this shirt is designed to have a ¾ length sleeve. That means that when worn correctly the sleeve will stop somewhere between the elbow and wrist and will fall right in between a traditional long sleeve and short sleeve shirt. It’s a really fun, style and fit, but we want to make sure our customers are aware that this shirt isn’t designed to be a full long sleeve. If you are looking for a shirt with full length long sleeves we can definitely find you another great Anvil option though.

923 Anvil Ringer T-Shirt

The Anvil Ringer Tee is our favorite ringer shirt! It brings the usual quality, style, and comfort of other Anvil brand shirts with the added flare and character of a ringer tee. All this is a really great price point too! The ringer style shirt has different colored sleeves and neck for a nice, fresh spin on the classic tee. Once again Anvil brings us a great selection of colors.

The Anvil Ringer is a really great choice for people who are attending sporting events as fans and want to support their teams. However, we actually sell quite a few of these to teams as uniforms as well. They definitely have a more athletic style to them than the standard t-shirt, but are much lower priced than a performance style jersey or even the raglan style shirt we mentioned above. All in all this is a really great economical choice for people who are looking for something just a bit different.

So there you have it, five of our favorite Anvil brand shirts. That’s really just a very small sampling of what Anvil has to offer. They have quite a few other shirts for ladies or athletes, and a really amazing selection of regular unisex t-shirts in all kinds of different styles and colors. Believe us when we say that we had a tough choice narrowing down our picks to just five! We went with these five though because they are not only some of the most popular choices, but also because they typically have excellent availability and can be received and shipped quickly which makes them great for rush orders. Just let us know if you have any questions!

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5 Awesome Benefits of Performance Wicking Hoodies

November 26th, 2012

Performance Hoodies

Hoodies are certainly nothing new in the athletic world. This versatile, comfortable, and incredibly useful garment has been popular with athletes pretty much since it was first invented. It’s certainly no surprise either considering the many advantages that hooded sweatshirts offer to athletes. However, while the sweater with a hood is nothing new, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t exciting new developments for the item itself. Recently a new product called the performance wicking hoodie has come on the scene and it definitely looks like this awesome new sweatshirt is going to shake things up, especially in the world of athletics! Let’s take a look at five of the best benefits of this great new item:

Moisture Wicking

This one of course seems obvious. After all the word ‘wicking’ is right there in the name of the product. However, no discussion of the sweatshirt’s benefits would be complete without touching on this most fundamental aspect of it and pointing out the ways in which it can help athletes or just casual wearers.

The term wicking refers to the hoodie’s ability to wick moisture away from the body. Most often this could be from something like sweat, but it could also be the result of precipitation like rain or snow. For instance most teams who will want to buy this item will probably be playing or practicing in cold terrain where it is important to keep their players warm and protected from the elements. However, as anyone knows, once an athlete starts running around and being physically active they are likely to start perspiring. That is where the big benefit for the moisture wicking technology comes into play. Thus the player will stay warm from the outside cold air, but also dry and comfortable from their own sweat.

The other big benefit of the moisture wicking is that it also works against rain and snow. Very often a game may not be cancelled due to the bad weather and when that happens it is important for the players to find whatever comfort they can. Staying dry in the bad weather is certainly one important way to help with that.

Great Warm Up and Travel Gear

Of course many teams have a very specific uniform that they have to wear while they are playing. That doesn’t mean, however, that they should be uncomfortable while they are warming up, traveling to the game, or just sitting on the bench waiting for their chance to go in. These moisture wicking hooded sweatshirts are excellent warm up and travel gear. That way when the player gets out of the field or court he or she will be ready energized and ready to give it 100%!

Lighter Weight

Another big benefit of this great product is that it is much lighter and sleeker than a regular hoodie. Once again this has to do with the fibers and materials, but the good news is that though it is lighter it is still just as warm as a regular sweatshirt. This reduction in weight without a reduction in quality and warmth translates to a lighter, more comfortable garment that doesn’t feel as bulky as a standard sweater with a hood.

Stain and Wrinkle Resistant

It is certainly no secret that when most people are playing sports they aren’t too concerned about keeping their clothes clean. It seems like stains and dirt just have a way of seeking out uniforms. Even if the these kinds of mishaps can be avoided when a player has been sitting on a bus or in a car for several hours traveling to their destination wrinkles and creases are likely to occur. The good news is that this new performance tech item is able to resist many of these stains and wrinkles because the fibers themselves are more resistant to staining and don’t hold onto wrinkles. That makes them a great choice for teams who want their players to look sharp without a lot of fuss and bother.

Easy Maintenance

Similar to their ability to resist staining and wrinkling, the performance wicking hoodie is an easy maintenance item in general. It doesn’t require dry cleaning or other specialty cleaning and can be washed in a regular load of laundry. Plus since it is so good at resisting wrinkles you can just roll it up and toss it in your bag or leave it in the backseat of the car till you need it. It works for you rather than making you work for it.

So there you have it, five great benefits of this exciting new sweater. That’s really just a small sample of the benefits this garment has to offer. Don’t forget that it also comes in several great colors, looks amazing with your logo screen printed on it, and is actually quite affordable! For more information about this product or for any other questions and concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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The Advantages Of Using A One-Color T-Shirt Design

October 24th, 2012

When you are working to create the perfect t-shirt on a budget, often you have to make a choice about whether you want a one-color design, or a multi-color design. While both options have their advantages and disadvantages, choosing a one-color design is a great way to get amazing shirts on a tight budget.

It’s Cost-Effective

The two biggest costs for printing t-shirts are the cost of the shirts themselves (which can range from inexpensive to expensive, depending on the material, color, and quality), and the cost of color. When you have a design that requires several different colors, the setup and artwork costs alone can get expensive, because of the difficulty of transferring multi-color logos or artwork onto the fabric. Choosing a one-color design is far more economical, and can save you a significant amount of money on your shirts.

It’s Easier to Coordinate

When you print on t-shirts, one of the decisions you have to make is what color your background will be. White is the most common, and most versatile, but it’s also the most overused when it comes to t-shirt printing. If you prefer to go with a different color, however, you may run into difficulty coordinating all the colors of your design or logo with the background color on the shirt. You don’t want to have so many colors that it becomes impossible to coordinate a background that doesn’t clash, and you end up with a white t-shirt by default.

The same is true if you want to print several different shirt colors. It will be much easier to choose multiple background colors that coordinate with a single color than if you had to coordinate it with several different colors.

It’s Clear and Concise

If your design is just one color, it will have to be a clean, concise design in order to work, which will make it a much better design for t-shirts. Prints that are too detailed or intricate can easily become complicated and difficult to read or understand when printed on a t-shirt, so creating a one-color design will force you to make something that will transfer well to the fabric.

It’s Safe

When you are working with a complex design, there is more opportunity for the t-shirt printing company to make mistakes and have misprints, bleeds, and more. Instead, a clean logo that only requires a single color will be much easier to get right the first time and save you the hassle of waiting for the company to fix the mishaps.

It’s Quick

If you need a quick turnaround, one-color designs are far more preferable to complex multi-color designs. They require less time for setup because there is no need to allow for color separation and registration, and they can be printed quickly and efficiently. This can be beneficial for any job you have with a short lead time that requires speedy prints.

Even a great design can quickly become problematic for t-shirt printing if it involves too many colors and details. Choosing a one-color design is economical, quick, and easy, and can look exceptionally sharp when it’s done.

At You Design It we want to save you money every chance we can. We will be glad to go over the different options you have to reduce the existing cost by lowering colors, changing the shirt type or brand and reducing the number of locations being printed. The artwork is just one of the areas where you can save, there are actually many other ways you can reduce the price without having to sacrifice the quality of your printed tees. We can work with your budget and get you what you are looking for within the constraints you are working with.

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New Era Hat Options that are Fresh to the Embroidery Industry

August 26th, 2012

We are all about t-shirts. This probably comes as no surprise. But that isn’t the only thing we are all about. Nope, we’re pretty fond of headwear as well. We try to spin as much information as possible about hats that is worth reading about but that isn’t always an easy task. The reason is because most of the caps in our industry are just standard, generic brands. That means that you probably won’t recognize the name and the emphasis isn’t on the brand so much as it is the style, colors, and other particular attributes of the hats themselves.

What that means is that when you are purchasing custom hats in our industry, you are much more focused on the look and style and generally have to take a gamble on the brand if you have never heard of it before. However, one of the most popular brands outside of our industry is the New Era brand. We often receive questions about whether or not we can do a design on New Era hats. The simple answer is yes. The bad news is that we do not have access to their most popular style – the 5950. But don’t let that get you too down because we do have a large variety to choose from under the New Era umbrella. If the New Era brand isn’t ringing a bell to you, you might be surprised to know that you have seen their hats before. They are the exclusive supplier of every Major League Baseball team and the official hat brand of the National Football League. They also have deals with several other sports leagues because they are so well known for their quality and style.

We realize that when people think baseball hats, or even just caps in general, they probably think of New Era. Well, we can help you out there because we have them. Let’s take a look at some of the styles we can get for you with custom embroidery*.

The NE400

This flatbill snapback hat is one of most popular and trendiest styles right now. As the name indicates the hat features a flatbill on the front and a plastic adjustable snap on back. This is a structured hat meaning that it has a hard internal frame that will hold its shape even when it is not being worn. It is also considered a high profile hat, meaning that it doesn’t sit low on the head.

The NE201

The New Era adjustable unstructured cap is pretty much the opposite of the flatbill snapback we just introduced. The adjustable unstructured cap by contrast features a soft, flexible frame that does not hold its shape when it isn’t being worn. It also features more of a rounded bill and unlike the snapback it utilizes an adjustable buckle closure. This hat is also considered a low profile hat meaning that it will come down much lower on the head and somewhat mold to your head depending on how it is worn.

The NE1010

The unstructured stretch cotton cap is a great choice for people who enjoy the Flexfit style of hats, but want to go with New Era instead. Like the adjustable unstructured Cap this hat is a soft, unstructured hat; however, unlike the previous two hats we have discussed this one does not feature an adjustable closure on back. Instead the hat is designed to stretch to conform to the wearer’s head. This is ideal for people who don’t want to deal with adjusting their hat at all. This is also a good middle ground between the other two in terms of its profile, which is a mid profile. It is considered pro style because it doesn’t have an adjustable back.

The NE202

The trucker snapback adjustable cap is perfect for people who are looking for the trendy trucker style hat. This type of hat consists of a five panel hat with a mesh back. The mesh back makes this hat the most breathable one that we have looked at so far. This is a good for people who live in hot climates or who are otherwise concerned with becoming overheated. As the name implies, the trucker snapback hat features an adjustable snapback like the flatbill snapback. It also features a structured style and is labeled as a mid profile crown.

The NE204

The snapback contrast front mesh cap is very similar in many ways to the trucker snapback adjustable cap mentioned in the previous description. They both feature a mesh back for maximum breathability and they are both structured, mid profile hats. However, as you would infer from the name this style of hat is designed for maximum contrast. That means that the color options feature a bill and mesh back in one color and then the front in a different color. This is ideal for people who really want their embroidered message to stand out or want to add a little flair to the look of the cap.

As you can imagine these hats are very popular with baseball teams and other sports groups. However, they are even great for any other events and occasions that want the brand-name recognition. Remember that we have a low six piece minimum order for embroidery which makes them attainable for just about any group.

*We are not allowed to sell the New Era brand hats without some kind of decoration or embellishment. We are not allowed to sell them blank. Don’t even waste your time asking because we will not do it.

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A Baseball T-Shirt Design That Was A Hit

June 25th, 2012

Every new sports season we enter feels like it is the first time for us. The reason for this is because we like to flex our muscles when it comes to creating new designs based on the current trends. We are not one of those cookie cutter shops that reuses the same designs year in and year out. We want our artwork to be fresh and for the team wearing it to be very proud of the final product.

This past baseball season was no different. It was a very exciting time for us because we picked up a lot of new customers and we were able to use that as an opportunity to show them how we perform. The thing about creating designs for baseball is that there are certain elements that should always be included for use within the design. For baseball this obviously includes home plate, a baseball, baseball bat, shape of the field, and much more. Now every one of those elements don’t have to be used at the same time of course but they are to be stored away in the toolbox when needed.

The biggest difference maker is being able to take those elements and redesign them in a way that makes them different than ever before. It is really pushing the creative limits to be able to look at something that you have seen many times before and re-purpose it into a fresh new look. You also have to know the customer to determine what style they prefer and just how traditional or progressive they intend for the print to be.

When dealing with high school baseball shirts, we like to look around the Internet to see what is selling in retail for that age demographic and duplicate the different styles performing in that market. Let me be clear though, we are not copying anything. We just look at overall styles and print locations to stay fresh. Some coaches like for the design to always be traditional while others want it to be more on the cutting-edge.

We sometimes like to take a strong design that we feel good about and offer it with different looks to help the coach visualize which one will be best for their needs. That was definitely the case on this design because we felt like we had a winner, we just wanted to alter it enough so the baseball coach found exactly what he was looking for:

The two options on the left have the actual baseball cut in half which is somewhat progressive while the ones on the right have the more traditional look with the full ball. We also distressed both to see if they were interested in the vintage look. Ultimately they decided on the one below:

We were very pleased with how it turned out and they were too. This is just one example of how we can incorporate different game elements into an overall design for your baseball sports fans. The team was able to sell out of this design and raised enough funds to purchase new equipment for the season. Everybody is a winner in that situation!

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Next Up in the T-Shirt Pattern Design Collection – Tiger Stripes

October 29th, 2010

Not to be outdone by the army camo, next up in the new t-shirt design collection of patterns is the tiger stripes. This design group incorporates less print colors and would cost less for that reason. Tiger stripes are very trendy right now and versatile with many different uses. It is important to note that we can take this design concept and use it for different mascots, different events, or different themes. It doesn’t have to be just the standard ordinary tiger mascot or look to use these. Any mascot or group can take advantage of this style because it is a popular pattern in retail and other clothing areas. It is just like saying that camouflage doesn’t have to only be used in the military or for hunting purposes. It has its place in fashion too!

First up is the traditional orange and black for the tiger stripes. This color combination is common in pro football for the team in Cincinnati and most widely recognized in these two colors:

Basketball T-Shirt Designs

Want to stand out from the crowd? Go with a bright color like a bright green for your volleyball team. you will easily be noticed with a look like this.

Volleyball T-Shirt Designs

Need to dress it down and look stylish and sophisticated? Go with a pink and black option. An idea like this is a great alternative to the official team shirts and the fans could wear this design as a general spirit shirt:

Cheerleading T-Shirt Designs

These templates are certainly not limited to just what you see above. We can take these and turn them into any word or color combination to get the look you are going for. We could even add this kind of masking effect to your actual mascot instead of using a solid color. It might just be worth a look.

Another idea besides making this the front and main part of the print is to use these stripes for the message that goes on the back. That could be the team name or a saying like “we bust our butts to kick yours” or something else clever or inspirational. The options are endless and only limited to your creativity. We’ll be glad to put your idea into motion and turn it into the masterpiece that you are envisioning in your head.

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