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Hen Party T-Shirt & Stag Party T-Shirt printing

Cumbria hen party T shirt advert

Before your big day there’s a big night out.

Hen Party T-Shirts

Wedding season is in full flow and, here at Stitch & Print, we’re seeing the usual enquiries about Stag and Hen Party T-shirts from our many new Cumbria customers– as well as some less traditional requests from within the county and the Borders and Eden Valley!

The Hen Party T Shirt Phenomenon

Hen parties tend to fall into two types – the drink and dance party nights and the relax and refresh spa breaks.  We cater for both with a selection of T-shirt designs to mark out the party crowd (not including L plates, pink cowboy hats and feather boas) and fluffy dressing gowns and slippers for those who are planning to pamper.

Starfield design for Hen Party T Shirt for a Relaxing Weekend in Cumbria

Hen Party T Shirt for a Relaxing Weekend

Our hen party T-Shirts are always a favourite for the girls’ big night out and we’ve loads of options: round neck, V-neck, short-sleeved, long-sleeved, fitted or baggy.  Brides –to-be (or their bridesmaids) can choose from Stitch & Print’s range of hen night designs or send us their own idea and we can make something different – we can even bling a design with diamante effects for the perfect party.

One of the biggest hen party orders we ever had at Stitch & Print was for over 50 T-shirts for a local Cumbrian wedding.  These covered five different hen party dates and venues so the “Tour Dates” were recorded on the back with ticks for which ones the various girls were attending.

Stag Do T Shirts Too!

And for the gentlemen (!), we have a similarly wide range of colours, T-shirt designs and styles.  Stag night T-shirts tend to use a few standard jokes and images but we’re happy to create something a bit different if the best man has his own ideas.

One of the more unusual ones we were asked to create was for a diamante L Plate to be printed to the nether regions of a fluorescent yellow mankini whilst the rest of the boys had matching coloured T-Shirts to show their support – not a pretty look but decidedly funny!

We all know stag parties tend to be wild affairs and I think the main benefit of a party T-shirt is often to help these lads to recognise each other across a crowded bar or club. But if your chosen venue isn’t keen on something too in your face or larger groups of boys on the night out we’ve done hundreds of polo shirts with more discreet logos to help you find each other.

Hen Party T Shirt for a Wilder Women's Weekend! A Cumbrian drunken hen society example.

Hen Party T Shirt for a Wilder Women’s Weekend!

Whatever the ideas for the order and however many people are involved, it’s great for Stitch & Print to be part of a couple’s big day and we enjoy coming up with something a bit different to get the party started.

Joma 2015 Football Kit Range Announced

The new 2015 range of football kit from Joma has just been released & it’s got some great styles & colour ranges to make your team look premier league!

As well as the full range of Football strips there are sections for Basketball, Tennis, Cycling, Volleyball, Training, Athletics & Running including a huge range of tracksuits & associated kit.

The Joma Range of Football Kit

Joma football kit shirt, royal blue & white makes a great soccer shirt with team colours!

Joma match shirt would look good on any Cumbrian football team

But as you’d expect the emphasis here is on the Joma football range. As well as the ever popular Champion 2 & Champion 3 ranges there’s the well established Europa & copa ranges as well as a host of other regulars. Look out for the new Zamora goalkeeper strip which will run alongside the Area 4 option, It’s certainly going to make your keeper stand out in the box!

We can supply full football kits at competitive prices complete with club badge, sponsors logos & shirt numbers as standard. But with Joma we have the ability to guarantee replacement strip availability if a player loses their kit or it’s damaged; In each kit line description there’s a guideline as to how many years that kit is guaranteed to be available in the range for. No more issues with 10 players in one shirt & the 11th having to wear “this seasons new design” as the one you’ve bought has been superceded. Lets be honest, football kit costs and getting at least 2 seasons out of one, especially for kids football teams, is a priority for a lot of clubs!

Football Kit for Cumbria’s Kids Teams

Joma Zamora football kit for the goalkeeper. Very tough green version

Zamora goalkeepers kit

Talking of kids football teams, there’s another huge advantage; They don’t stop growing! So if a couple of players shoot up in size we can supply extra soccer shirts, shorts & socks decorated with the same sponsors details as the originals for you.

Looking like a team isn’t just about being on the pitch. Joma have a huge range of tracksuits, training & leisure wear in both fully coordinated kit lines & coordinated colour schemes to have your football team looking the part before & after the match.

So take a look at the 2015 Joma catalogue & pick your kit for next season. Call us or use the contact form via our website, we’ll be happy to price everything up for you.

Custom Leavers Hoodies for 2015 & Beyond

Plain hoodie colour range available for customising at Stitch & Print

Hoodies ready and waiting for your imagination to create a custom leavers memento!

Whether you’re leaving School, College or University this year It’s decision time … No! Not what you’re going to do with your life … What you’re going to do, to create the ultimate custom leavers hoodies for your gang in 2015 and in the next few years too! THAT’S the first BIG decision!

Custom Leavers Hoodies: Starting Points!

Cyan hoodie. Heavyweight high quality fabric: perfect starting point for custom leavers hoodies

Deluxe hoodie in Cyan: A popular starting point for leavers hoodies.

So what are your choices for 2015 up in this corner of Cumbria? Well, as always, the most obvious choice is the traditional over the head hoodie. We’ve some great options from the deluxe weight hoodie from Papini to contrast colour options & single colour hoodies from the AWDis range in a standard weight of fabric. The option often chosen is to go for the standard weight because you’ll be leaving in May or June & you’re considering how warm that deluxe weight leavers hoodie is going to be. But remember, those cool custom leavers hoodies are for life, not just for July! We see ex students still proudly wearing their old personalised leavers hoodies years after the date, all year round! So maybe, (hopefully!) that deluxe weight that’s going to be a bit warm during the day that you have your leavers party, comes into its own when December comes around & you’re walking home in a chill Northerly wind … you get my drift? And they work just as well for any of our customers from more southerly climes too!

JH053 Zoodie: a new twist on personalised custom leavers hoodies in bright green

Zoodies are a cool zipped alternative for the usual custom leavers hoodies that everyone else might have.

Over the last couple of years there’s been a big increase in the amount of people taking a zip through hoodie option. The Zoodie looks like becoming a firm favourite, for extra cool leavers hoodies around the UK, as the option of the quick throw on / throw off offered by the zip looks to be a winner, especially if you’re having a big hair day! Again, available in both standard weights as well as the deluxe weight you’ve loads of colour options available. We’ve seen a couple of these around Carlisle recently and very smart they looked too!

Hoodie Alternatives

JH044 college jacket in orange and black as an alternative to the leavers hoodie

College jacket. A recently popular alternative to the cool leavers hoodie

The other option that people often look at is the college style jacket. There’s some great new colour options this year and across the three popular styles there’s 25 different colour options, So we’ve probably got something that will fit your requirements just perfectly; whether you’re local at Nelson Thomlinson School or finishing at the University of Cumbria! So? Try something different this year & go with a college jacket rather than a hoodie? The choice is all yours!

You can check all of our hoodies, zoodies & college jacket range via our on line brochure. All sizing, as well as colour options are available to view there.

Customising Your Leavers Hoodies

So how do you want to decorate and personalise your leavers hoodie? There’s lots of options:

Examples of custom leavers hoodies, printed with personalised designs

Custom leavers hoodies to get you thinking

Embroidered Hoodies. We’ve embroidered school badges, simple text and personalised names to the breast area as well as larger personalised names to the back of garments. We have years of experience and there’s almost nothing we can’t accomplish for you with our hoodie embroidery skills and technology.

Chest & Breast  Hoodie Printing. We’ve supplied custom leavers hoodies with small printed logos to the breast as well as larger school & college names across the chest. If you’re looking at the latter we’d suggest not looking at the Zoodie as it can be an expensive process to take care of the zipped area with a tidy print!

Back of the hoodie. The most popular option for you to customize your own hoodie is still “LEAVERS” or “CLASS OF” with a large number (15 for this year!) made up of the names of all of the people involved in your leavers year. Decorate it, personalise it, or customise it how you want, there are loads of different options for your school, college or university custom leavers hoodies.

Not sure what you want on there? Want to get an idea how it will look? You can use our on line garment decoration tool to try out your options.

So how many do you need? We have a minimum quantity of one …….. But if there’s 200 of you we can still deal with it. We’ve loads of different options on decoration production to cover different class sizes in the most economic ways possible. Give us a call, or use the contact form to send us your enquiry.

Create a Hoodie for Your Snowsports Trip

Summer has been and gone, You’ve partied from Ibiza to St. Moritz and washed up on the Italian Riviera. But the days are getting shorter & everyones moving on, Put away your shorts & bikini, it’s time to pull out your Winter gear. You’ve got your ski’s (or your snowboard), You’ve still got a few Euro’s to spend on the apres ski. But have you got clothes for travelling? It’s time for your snowsport holiday!

Create a Hoodie for Your Skiing Gang!

If you’re looking for personalised hoodies for your Winter Sports trip you’ve come to the right place  at Stitch & Print. Be it Ski or Snowboard that gets you on the piste we’ve hoodie designs to help you create your personalised style for your holiday.

You can create your own hoodie designs via our hoodie designer decoration tool on the main website or you can take one of our pre-decorated hoodies & add your personalisaton. Logo’s can be put on the front, the back, sleeves; It’s your hoodie, lets decorate it your way!

If you’re looking for a one-off top, a small group where they’re all the same or a group where each person has their own design, It’s not a problem! We have no minimum quantities and offer full flexibility to produce what you’re wanting. You really can create a hoodie your way!

If you’re organising a larger group, be it a club, society, School or University ski trip we offer attractive discounts on bulk orders. Have a play with the hoodie designer tool on the website to get some ideas. Once you’ve got an idea, give us a call so we can look at the details with you and offer you our best price option.

It’s  about standing out on your way to get on the piste!

Bling Bling! Just add Diamantes …..

Diamante Designs: Adding Some Sparkle to Clothing Decoration

hen party T-shirt decorated with diamante

Hen party T shirt to bring added sparkle to Carlisle nightlife!

 As well as embroidery & print we also supply garments with diamante designs; Ideal for hen parties, anniversaries & birthdays diamante encrusted garments are fast becoming one of the most popular ways of glamming up your look.

Stitch & Print can make you sparkle by personalising t-shirts and various other fashion items with diamantes, If you would like to find out more, or get a quotation, you can either email office@stitchandprint.co.uk or telephone 016973 43546 with the quantity and type of garment you would like us to create.

starfield design highlighted with diamanteThere are a couple of options on production techniques which we have:

Either your design is carefully created using diamante stones, which are then heat-sealed to the garment. The diamantes are even available in a variety of colours. Encrusting garments with diamantes really adds a bit of sophistication and bling to your wardrobe! But it isn’t always cheap to create your personalised look; A mould has to be created for each design so kitting out all the chicks for your hen party can be expensive!

Thankfully for the more popular designs we have a range of stock alternatives that are economical.

Alternatives and Additions to Diamante Bling for the Next Party Trip!

 The alternatives are holographic foil and Glitterflex:

queen of hearts design in glitterfoil as an alternative to diamante

Glitterflex and Holographic foils another alternative to diamante for added sparkle on Cumbrian nights out!

We use holographic foil, which is a type of transfer vinyl to replicate diamantes; It’s cut into stone shape & sized pieces & applied to the garment & the reflective nature gives a similar look to diamantes.

Glitterflex is a type of transfer vinyl that adds a lot of sparkle to your design however it doesn’t give the bright “catch the light” reflection that you get with stones or holographic foil.

Both of these decoration types add a real wow factor to your outfit and one-offs can be produced at a fraction of the cost of using diamantes, something well worth considering if you’re catering for individual designs for all the girls!

Be it diamantes, foil or glitterflex we’ve got the means to really give your party outfit the edge over the competition!

SR185 Spiro Crosslite Trail and Track Jacket Review

We’ve been road testing (quite literally), the Spiro Crosslite Trail and Track Jacket which is part of our sports-wear range. You can get some background on this hi vis cycling jacket and the wider range in our previous blog.

SR185M Spiro Crosslite Trail and Track Jacket Product Review.

SR185 hi vis cycling jacket equally home as runners and triathlete's wind and waterproof. Perfect for Lake District activitiesCyclist’s and runner’s lightweight waterproof hi vis jacket.

  • 100% polyester pongee 300T with PU coating
  • Waterproof 5000mm. Windproof and Breathable 2000g.
  • Back vent.
  • Full length zip with chin guard and inner storm flap.
  • Two side zipped pockets with storm flaps and black trim.
  • Adjustable cuffs.
  • Reflective piping.
  • Cycle pouch.
  • Adjustable cycle tail.
  • Folds away into belt pocket.

How it Performed as My Hi Vis Cycling Jacket in a Gloomy Damp Cumbria Autumn

We’ve been using this lightweight training or bike jacket for riding this autumn. So far we haven’t had downpours but in light rain & drizzle it’s been ideal. We’ve had no sign of leakage at the seams. The high neck guard & storm flap have turned away everything that’s been thrown at it.

The zipped cycle  pocket is a little smaller than ideal for gloved hands at this time of year but the zip does add to security & repels water! The front pockets, zipped again, are covered by storm flaps so no problems there either.

There’s a vented area (and again it’s storm flap covered)  at the shoulders which is ideal for keeping cool when putting some effort in.

As usual with lightweight training / shower jackets of this kind care should be taken with the inner storm flap around the zip – it’s too easy to get it snagged when fastening.

The “Saturn Yellow” finish helps to make this a very reasonable hi vis cycling jacket, always important at this time of year if you are on the roads in evening or early morning gloom. However, the reflective piping isn’t that visible for night time running, walking or biking.

All in all a great cost effective solution for the active life style. Call us on 016973 43546 or use our contact page to send an enquiry.