How to order custom apparel

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At some point in almost everyone's lives, they've likely had to put together an order of custom apparel or at least had the option to participate in such a project. It's a crazy, murky and confusing world. Trust us, we know. All we can do about it is offer our assistance in clearing the air. We're going to break down ordering with Screen Ink in 5 simple steps. 

Step #1

Figure out a budget. We don't need to know what that is but it's still an important factor. Every shirt brand and style has a different price. Every location on a garment takes more time, materials and labor. Every ink  and/or thread color in a design is going to adjust the price of the finished product. With that in mind, prices will vary and so a budget should be your first priority. 

Basically, How much are you willing to spend? This can be a per shirt number or an overall number for the entire order. We’re happy to run through options to get you into the right garment once we have an idea of what can be afforded. 

Step #2

Timeline. Do you have a specific due date? If so, we need to know that right away. We want to be sure we can facilitate the completion of your order. Typically, we strive for a two week turnaround with most standard sized orders of 50-500 pieces. However, in our busy seasons (spring through fall) we often times prefer 3 weeks. Trust us, if we need the extra time it’s for good reason. 

Basically, don’t procrastinate. We’re not changing oil here, we’re applying custom graphics to garments. Every single order we process is different and requires our utmost attention to detail, which takes time.

Step #3

Pick out the garment.  We've grown so tired of showing the absolute lowest priced shirt but we will, every time, if that's what you truly want.  The thing is we'd prefer to find a style of garment that's perfect for your order.  Essentially we're saying let's, at the very least, entertain the option of the perfect garment vs. the "budget" garment.

Things to consider during this step are material (i.e. cotton, polyester, rayon) as well as cut (i.e. dimensions/specifications). Then look at available colors and sizes. If you're working on an epic Abramo family reunion tee you're going to need to cover the gamut and that's infant tees, toddler tees, youth tees, adult tees then possibly some plus or tall tees as well. You may even have to accommodate for a v-neck, long sleeve or "performance" tee for Uncle Nicholas. 

Basically, find a garment that comes in your color, is available in the sizes you need and finally, that you think will actually be worn by the people you're outfitting.

Step #4

Sizing. Is this an order of bulk apparel to inventory in a store, business, fundraising event, etc? If so, we can help try and nail down your demographic and, thus, their appropriate sizes. If it’s an order of specific sizes, you may want to consider the size charts and/or specifications for the garment you just picked out. Most of them are available in our online catalog(s) to view/download/print. 

All of that being said, you can always stop in and try on apparel. We stock quite a few standard styles and have more unique lines of product coming in every week. If you’re desired product isn’t something we have in stock, no worries! We can order samples for you. We simply charge for the blank apparel and when you return them we credit your order. It’s incredibly simple and you can order as many styles, sizes and colors as you like. 

Basically, sizing is complicated. We all have our favorite t-shirt, probably because it fits well and we feel good in it. Then there’s the t-shirt design we love but we didn’t get a size that fits correctly, nobody likes that. There’s no magical math equation to figure out this part of your order. It is, however, a pretty important detail.

Step #5

The design. We work with graphic designers every day. Advertising agencies, In house designers and freelancers alike communicate with us regarding their visions and goals for the project. We take it seriously. They like us for it. This is a situation where we consider the design to be provided, "print ready" art. What is that? Well, it’s a file of high enough resolution for your desired print dimensions OR simply a vector graphic that we can scale to size appropriately ourselves. If that doesn’t make any sense to you, lets talk more.

We also offer our own, in house, graphic design. We’ve worked with schools, businesses, clubs, organizations, non-profits and families to design a piece of apparel that suits their needs. The one caveat is that we don’t start on design work until an order is placed

Basically, let’s get in front of this part of the order. Let us know right away that you’ll need our design assistance. With this in mind, we can better assist with the entire ordering process. 

That’s it. Easy breezy right? Now here’s a link to our catalog page to get you started on your journey.