Friday, 24 May 2013

Tab Front Shirts

Embroidery digitizing extends to many different project ideas. If you have a couple of knit scraps lying around and are keen to perfect your skill, you could pull them out and cut out some tab front shirts to practice on.

Working with larger shirts to begin with is a lot easier. Do keep in mind that if you choose a multi-colored striped shirt to work with that you need to be careful with matching the stripes on the facing.

A common mistake when working with tab front shirts is to sew to the point of slit, tapering it at the end and then turning at the point and tapering back out. The end result though is puckered. Don’t try to snip on the tapers to see if you can get less puckering and don’t try to use a hot iron. Rather, keep practicing until you perfect the technique and style!

You should be careful to cut the facing so that stripes match the shirt and sew very carefully. Taper as the pattern suggests,trying to avoid puckering. Once you are happy with your end results you can consider what type of embroidery digitizing you would like to use on the shirts.

If you are embroidering for a client you may well be requested to place a logo or slogan on the shirts. If you are designing them for a child, for example, you could consider embroidering their favorite cartoon character.

If it’s logos you find yourself embroidering, there are a few things to consider:

Color Blending

Many of the professionally designed logos tend to have blended colors or will transition from one color to another. This can be difficult to master in a small left chest, for example. It is difficult to embroider a blended color really well. So try to avoid using blended colors at all if you can help it.

Logo Size

If you will be embroidering on the left chest of the shirt, we recommend working with logos that are 3 to 3.75 inches wide. 

Materials for Embroidery Digitizing

Keep in mind when embroidering t-shirts that designs should have fewer stitches as the fabric isn’t as heavy as, say, denim or fleece.

Logo Colours

Always consider the colors of your logo in relation to the colors of the items you will be embroidering. For example, a predominantly royal blue logo will look great on a white t-shirt but won’t show up too well on a blue t-shirt. Also take pantone colors into account. There just aren’t enough threads to match Pantone shades.