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Shirts & Blouses to Smarten up the North West’s Workforce

When you’re looking for shirts & blouses suitable for work, Stitch & Print have a wide range that will meet your staff needs. The great thing about these shirts is that they are all customisable, through our expert embroidery and print services.

Shirts & Blouses: North West Staff Deserve the Best Brands in the UK

Our workwear shirts & work blouses UK range is specially selected to include the best brands in the workplace, such as Kustom Kit, Henbury, Russell Collection, and Premier. Our first priority is making sure you will be happy with your custom shirt and its branding. The full range can be seen on our main website.

A Brief History of Shirts & Blouses 

The shirt, as a distinct garment,  can be dated back to 3000 B.C. The oldest preserved garment was a linen shirt found in a First Dynasty Egyptian tomb. It was described as being sophisticated, with the shoulders and sleeves finely pleated to give form-fitting treatments while allowing the wearer room to move. These features are still used today to make shirts that are excellent work garments.

The shirt in the Middle Ages was a plain, undyed garment worn next to the skin and under regular garments, in fact it was generally regarded as underwear until the twentieth century.

The shirt became a popular work garment in the twentieth century and began to take the shape of the shirts we know today. It evolved from being seen as a lower-class undergarment to a smart and professional piece of clothing.

Shirt & Blouse Styles for the UK Workplace

The Stitch & Print brochure includes an impressive range of brands & styles, We think this is important because each customer has individual needs depending on the use they want from a staff member’s shirt or blouse. Heavyweight mens embroidered shirts might be great for a delivery firm where the staff are predominantly big blokes heaving boxes around all day! It’s a very different requirement for womens shirts for work in an office or in the care professions. Most of the brands will cover a range of different styles but lets take a look at some of the details:

Shirts & Blouses for Office & Business Wear in Northern Companies

K701 Oxford blouse in royal blue

K701 Oxford blouse in royal blue

For me, It’s got to be an Oxford style workwear shirt or work blouse for business wear. Tailored styling in a heavier fabric keeps you looking at your best all day long. These shirts & blouses available in both short sleeved & long sleeved options as you’d expect, although you might be surprised at the enormous range of colours available. It’s not just white or corporate blue: the Kustom Kit range of work shirts comes in 13 different colours! So – whatever your company or club colours we’ll have something to suit.

There are plenty of extras too; Easy Care & wrinkle resistant options are increasing in quantity so life is becoming a lot easier in the laundry room!

Workwear Shirts for Tougher Work Environments

PR212 short sleeved pilot shirt. Excellent workwear shirt for men and women

PR212 short sleeved pilot shirt

We understand that it is very important for your workforce to look and feel great, whatever line of work they are involved in. We have a wide range of shirts & blouses suitable for every working environment in Cumbria and the wider North West. Whether it’s an embroidered blouse as part of your staff uniform in retail; personalised shirts for your UK hospitality staff or heavier duty working shirts for warehouse staff; we have it covered.

The Premier Short Sleeve Pilot Shirt has two breast pockets with buttons, epaulette bars and a stiffened collar. It would be perfect for security employees and is available in ladies sizes and fittings as well. The epaulettes can even be bought separately, and stitched with your required design.

Sports & Club Wear: Fun Shirts With Seriously Smart Style!

K186 Formula short sleeve racing shirt in red & black

K186 Formula Racing shirt. Brilliant workwear shirt for the teams supporting the race team!

Gamegear are specialists in the field of making high quality shirts & blouses for sporting teams and events. At Stitch & Print, we stock a range of their shirts: ideal for sporting purposes and the big events. The Gamegear Formula Racing Short Sleeve Sebring Shirt is designed for racing teams and is made from mercerised cotton and polyester giving it a unique finish. This garment has a button down collar and contrasting back yoke, shoulder and sleeve panels, with contrast piping. It is available in several colour combinations giving great options in the team wear market.

Henbury H515 Oxford shirts & blouses: workwear for men and women

Henbury H515 Oxford Shirts & Blouses

One of our most popular styles of shirts & blouses for the UK’s team & club wear market is the Henbury Oxford shirt. It comes in a super heavyweight fabric (170 gsm versus standard Oxford at 130gsm) giving a traditional cotton chambrey feel. It’s available in long & short sleeved options for both men and women.

We also provide more fashionable leisure style shirts, including denim and safari varieties, all suitable for embroidery of your club logo and branding to give you that set of high class customised shirts that will set your team apart!

Shirts and Blouses for the Men and Women of the Hospitality Industry

K512 blouse from the Bargear range-specially useful for Cumbria's hospitality industry

Bargear blouse for hospitality workers

Kustom Kit produce a range of shirts & blouses designed specifically for the hospitality industry. Be they bar staff or waiting staff you need to provide for; this range of uniform shirts has been designed to be both practical for the industry as well as smart & stylish to make the right impression with your customers.

The Bargear range has a complimentary range of workwear aprons giving you the opportunity for highlighting your brand through your staff uniform. An embroidered apron can really set off the uniform you ask your staff to wear and help them maintain the image and atmosphere you try to create for your customers.

Stitch & Print can help when it comes to kitting you out with the shirts & Blouses for your staff. The variety in our brochure is second to none, and every shirt or blouse in there can be customised by our expert embroidery and printing team.

Want to discuss the range? Give us a call or use the contact option via the website

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!

Zipper Hoodie Range by Papini: New Colourways

The fantastic Papini zipper hoodie range has some new colourways joining its well established and hugely popular members! Offering superb quality, with fantastic features, there’s no better spec for this type of cool hoodie zip top!

Zipper Hoodie 380g


  • Black 380g, 35% cotton & 65% polyester
  • Funnel neck with full length black resin hoodie zip
  • Hidden mobile phone pocket with earphone channel
  • Deep front pouch pocket
  • Double lined hood
  • Papini drawstring and toggles
  • Ribbed cuffs and waistband
  • Reactive dyed for colour stability

And now we have further colour ways added in to the range:

Black & Grey Marl Zipper Hoodie
The new black with grey marl contrast is an ideal addition to the range. It complements the standard black or grey marl polo shirt and is also designed to complement the San Remo polo shirt from the Papini Elite range.





CyanCyan & Grey Marl Zoodie: deluxe zipper hoodie. Great for Cumbria's climate!


The cyan with grey marl contrast zipper hoodie is a great addition. It works well with the cyan & grey marl polo shirts from the standard range.  It can also be worn with the Monza & Pompeii polo shirts from the Elite range as well.





Fuschia (pink) & black zoodie. Hoodie zip topThere’s a new colour scheme of Fuchsia with Navy contrast. This is a super cool hoodie, complementing the existing Navy & Fuchsia polo shirts! It’s also great with the new Enna Elite range polo shirt in Navy with Fuchsia contrast.






Take a look to see what you’re logo will look like on our range of cool zipper hoodies via our website

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!

Elite Polo Shirt Gets New Colour-Ways

2014 Elite polo shirt from Papini with new colourwaysPapini Elite Polo Shirt Update

Great news! We’ll shortly be seeing four new colourways in the elite polo shirt range from Papini Clothing:

The Italian styled Elite Polo Collection is the perfect combination – stylish two and three colour-way polo shirts that look bespoke but are available from stock. Perfect for teams, companies and schools.

Papini Polo Product Specs

Manufactured from 210g, 35% cotton & 65% polyester. Featuring rib knit collar and cuffs with twin raised decorative stripes for style & function. Two button placket with white buttons, Open hem with side vents. The fabric is reactive dyed for colour stability.

This will increase the colour range to 27 variations. You can add your own decoration & logos here allowing you to get a full visualisation of how you’ll look.

Take a quick look (15 seconds) at our Elite range video here

Discounts available! The more you buy, The cheaper we’ll make them!


Print Production; The dye sublimation route

JS001 T shirt finished with dye sublimation printing for a permanent colour fast design

T shirt with design printed by dye sublimation technique in Cumbria

One of the processes we use for production of printed garments is dye sublimation. This process uses an ink image that is transferred by the use of heat into the fabric of the garment. Sublimation is the process of transforming the solid, dried, ink into a gas. The gas is then infused into the hollow polyester fibres of the garment where it cools and instantly solidifies to form a permanent image.

Traditionally polyester garments have been used primarily in the sports wear markets. Cricket, Rugby, Football, Basketball & Netball teams have used the sublimation route to achieve striking designs for team wear. Club badges, sponsor logos & details & numbers can be incorporated into a fabric which has ideal qualities for comfort & wear as well as visual effect.

Benefits of Dye Sublimation Printing for Garment Decoration

One of the other benefits of sublimation printing for garments is in the production of one-off & short run requirements: Because there are no screens to produce for manufacture it’s possible to take an off the shelf garment, for instance a gym or running T-Shirt or vest & add images as required very economically.

One of the traditional downsides is that garments were 100% polyester. That isn’t always a feel people want. In recent times manufacturers have started using cotton rich garments with a polyester micro coating. This gives the benefit of a cotton feel with the flexibility of sublimation printing. One of the latest is the Russel HD T – here’s a couple of points raised by them.

“There’s a myth that sublimation printing only works on 100% polyester. Not true. Our polycotton HD T is ideal for sublimation print – we’ve tested it and the results speak for themselves.”

One of the other traditional issues was the availability of colours. If you wanted white you were catered for. If you could live with a pastel shade you’d survive! But beyond that there wasn’t much to look at. Back to Russel

“There’s another myth that sublimation only works on white cloth. Not true. White might be best for colour reproduction but it’s not the only option – we offer 3 marl colours and they produce a fashionably muted, retro feel – just what a large chunk of the market demands.” 

Pros and Cons of Dye Sublimation

The issue with colour reproduction is valid; The base colour of the garment will affect the shade of colours added to the garment, White is perfect but, for instance, use a pink shirt & those clouds will be pink! Your yellows will have a peach look to them but if you want a finish which is permanent & won’t peel you’ve just found a perfect solution.