Welcome back to Beyond The Blank. Make Waves Malcom X Black Is History shirt We’re excited to share another piece of Street Fleece design inspo. This time, it’s all about a cut and sew hack for that elevated streetwear look. Have you been following along our Design Innovation series with Motion Textile? If not, check out the first three posts here, here and here! Like we’ve said before, the hoodie and sweatshirt trend is on fire. Every designer and street wear label out there is blowing up this category. One big design trend we’re seeing is an all-over print look. The theme of this is more is more. Usually, with these types of styles, the fabric is printed before the garment is cut and sewn. Since that can be super expensive, we’re going to show you a little hack so you can get this look with any already made style in our BELLA+CANVAS line.
Make Waves Malcom X Black Is History shirt, hoodie, sweater, longsleeve and ladies t-shirt
For our interpretation of this trend, we used our Street Fleece campaign imagery for the back and our logo for the front. Make Waves Malcom X Black Is History shirt We’ll show you how to achieve this by using multiple layers of white and black ink and an accent of white puff ink for slight dimension. Looking at a black and white image, you might assume it’s a two screen print. However for this image, we employed the use of seven screens to get a soft, tonal and gradient look. We used two underbase screens, two black screens, two whites, and one extra screen with white puff ink for a subtle accent of texture and dimension. Printing on the front of a garment can be challenging, but we’ll show you how we achieved precision placement, negotiating the zipper. We recommend using what we call a soft top platen. It’s coated with a silicone foam topper and is about 3/8 thick. It will compress down as we print, which is really important to avoid ripping the screen open as it pulls across. Spritz a light mist of tack, flatten out the garment and it’s ready to print! Looking for one extra layer of protection? Try applying painters tape so there’s no part of that hot metal zipper that’s going to touch the screen.
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