In case you missed it. Baby Bees Sonic Youth shirt We kicked off our Design Innovation Series: Street Fleece Edition on YouTube by going over the basics of printing on fleece fabric. So if you missed it, we recapped it in last week’s blog that you can check out here. This week, we’re diving into design trends. More specifically? Applying a neon print to a neutral garment. Neons are hot right now, but wearing a neon hoodie while a bold look, is not the most wearable thing in the world. Our solution: pair it with a neutral. This combo is a win in our book because it’s understated and brings an element of color to a sophisticated color palette. We aren’t the only ones who are a fan of this look either. We scoped this color combo out on our favorite department stores. Sold yet? Keep reading to see how it’s done.
Baby Bees Sonic Youth shirt, hoodie, sweater, longsleeve and ladies t-shirt
Let’s start with decorating advice. When we came up with sueded fleece, we love the touch and feel, but we weren’t really sure how it’s going to print, so we sent it to Tom at Motion Textile to do a test run. There’s no question, the fabric has a great feel, but it’s extremely porous, so his approach two fold: Use textured or distressed artwork (This way, you don’t have to fully penetrate the fabric, but can just print right on top of the surface). Tom’s approach is simple, because he says the sueded fleece fabric really stands on its own, therefore, the printing should just be accenting, or adding to the fabric. Baby Bees Sonic Youth shirt Using single layers of ink with no underlay, Tom recommends all wet on wet printing without flash. Ultimately, the ink is just becoming part of the substrate for an organic and natural finished look. For printing on sueded fleece, you generally want to avoid small graphics with fine detail and tight registration. Try to keep it loose with soft inks and colors, avoiding bright hues that require multiple layers of ink. The goal is to print right into the fabric, making the graphic become part of the substrate. For a look like ours, you will want bold distressed graphics, a low viscosity ink, and one hit per color on the press with no flashing in between. The textures of the sueded fleece paired with this design creates a super unique look that’s sure to be a head-turner. How would you make a screen print design on our sueded fleece your own? Give it a try and let us know how it goes. Screen printing not your thing? Don’t worry, we’ve tested embroidery and it turned out great as well. If you’d like to give that a shot, we’re taking next week’s blog to a new level by showing you a hack for creating a cut and sew look on already made blades. You don’t want to miss it! Be sure to subscribe to stay in the know!
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