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The cut and sew custom sweatshirt is a Contrado classic and popular with designers looking for cool, beautifully made printed sweatshirts for men and women. Make your own sweatshirts with us online. This classic essential is much more than a personalised sweatshirt. Made to order, your bespoke sweatshirt can be totally customised; the front, back, sleeves and even the internal label. Using a Softshell or White Loopback Jersey fabric, guys and girls alike will love styling up this designer sweatshirt. In order to reduce the pilling of the fabric over time, please ensure you wash your sweatshirt inside out and do not tumble dry the garment.
The printed sweatshirt for men and women was designed by us and is sewn in-house by a team of fashion technicians. Unisex sweatshirt printing is something we are passionate about, as we believe a well-made sweater is an imperative piece for every wardrobe. The stylish and relaxed fit of the funky sweatshirt makes it ideal for men and women and the stretch in both the softshell and the Loopback Jersey fabric makes them a great choice for all sizes from petite to plus size sweatshirts. As well as having the option to design all parts of this sweater, you can also choose your ribbing colour and add a bespoke label.
*there is a price uplift for the softshell option.
When you print on sweatshirts for men and women, you are making a statement. You are creating a piece of iconic fashion, which is unique to you. This is why we love working with designers so much, as together, we have the opportunity to design and create beautiful customised apparel, which stand out in the world, made right here at Contrado.
It's All In The Details
We use White Loopback or Softshell Jersey for sweatshirt printing. This solid fabric is soft and comfortable with some stretch and a crisp white finish. With a bright polar white face and a snug loop reverse side, sewn from fine thread, which will keep you warm and cosy. Your designs will look bold and stylish.
Your label, your brand
Want to give your Fashion Brand that professional finish? Your big, bold printed labels are bound to get people talking. Print your brand or logo in full colour and make a big impact. Made from the same fabric as your sweatshirt, these sewn-in fabric labels have an ultra-stylish look and feel. Build your brand with Contrado’s printed Label power.
Style it with
From layered over the Customised Dresses and Personalised T-Shirts to worn with a Customised Leggings and Personalised Jogging Bottoms, the design your own sweatshirt will always look fabulous, fresh and utterly stylish. Make a designer look from your casual wear by teaming your own designs with your handmade fashion. Once you have created that cool and contemporary look, top it off with a Customised Baseball Cap and your look will draw attention and compliments wherever you go.
Turn inside out, wash 30°c, hang to dry or low heat tumble dry.
Loopback Jersey uses a special type of knit, which goes through the back loop and twists the stitch itself, this gives it an effect on the back where you can see the individual loops. This jersey is brilliantly soft and perfect for printing.
What parts of the unisex sweatshirt can I design?
What makes the personalised sweatshirt so unique, is that you can truly design, pretty much the entire garment. Once you have selected your perfect size, you have the option of choosing a black or grey rib for the cuffs, hem and neckline plus a choice between white or black thread and whether you want to add a bespoke label. Then you can actually create designs for the front, back and both sleeves allowing you to make your own sweatshirt.
Would I be able to brand this handmade sweatshirt?
Yes with your own label. You have the option to print your own labels, which you can design however you want. This is ideal if you are looking to create your own brand or a line of original sweatshirts. You will have the option to print labels when you start creating your design on the online interface. Once your labels are created and your unisex sweatshirt completed, technicians will sew the labels on as the perfect finishing touch.
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The Sweatshirt is a great garment for both men and women: Ladies simply need to select Two Sizes Smaller to ensure an accurate fit.
Refer to size chart for help.
86 - 91 cm
34 - 36 "
91 - 96 cm
36 - 38 "
96 - 101 cm
38 - 40 "
101 - 106 cm
40 - 42 "
106 - 111 cm
42 - 44 "
111 - 119 cm
44 - 47 "
119 - 127 cm
47 - 50 "
127 - 135 cm
50 - 53 "
71 - 76 cm
28 - 30 "
76 - 81 cm
30 - 32 "
81 - 86 cm
32 - 34 "
86 - 91 cm
34 - 36 "
91 - 96 cm
36 - 38 "
96 - 104 cm
38 - 41 "
104 - 112 cm
41 - 44 "
112 - 120 cm
44 - 47 "
Measure around your fullest part, with the measuring tape under your armpits, making sure the tape is flat across your back.
Measure around your natural waistline - which is the soft squidgy part just under your ribs.
Conversion size chart
UK Mens Chest
EU Mens Chest
Sweatshirt Fitting Details
Your Sweatshirt is designed to be a regular medium fit. Our male model Wofai is 6'1" with a 97cm chest, 74cm waist, and wears a size Medium. Our Male model Wofai is 6'1" with an 97cm Chest, 74cm waist, and wears a size M. Our model Andrea is 5'9" with an 84cm bust, 62cm waist, 92cm hips and wears a size S.
186cm (6' 1")
What's the best resolution to print in?
We print at 200dpi, which is a good combination of quality and file weight. Ideally your image should be scaled to 100% at 200dpi; this means that no resizing of your file occurs, preventing any interpolation. Our design interface will have a quality marker next to the design that you have uploaded, this will change colour using a traffic light system and display a message. The message will let you know if the resolution is too low or if you have a good quality image.
How will my image scale?
When you upload your design our system will automatically scale it to fit your chosen fabric dimensions. In the ‘Product Image’ tab, the displayed dimensions under ‘Print Size’ will show the dimensions of the piece of fabric that you are ordering. For image/design dimensions you need to see the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab. You can see and edit the dimensions of the image under the quality information next to the thumbnail.
Which colour model should I choose? RGB or CMYK?
We advise providing images in the RGB colour space. Specifically using the sRGB image profile, to achieve best colour results. What does this mean? In your editing software choose RGB as the working space, and assign the image profile as sRGB (full name sRGB IEC61966-2.1)
What is gsm?
Grams per square meter (gsm) is the unit of measurement used to measure the weight of a paper or fabric. This measurement uses the weight of one square metre (1000 x 1000mm) as an indication of the weight and thickness of a fabric. We classify fabrics of 10-100gsm as light (fabrics for summer, fine silk), fabrics of 101-249gsm as medium (most fabrics for clothing) and fabrics of more than 250gsm as thick (upholstery and other specialised fabrics).
What is the bleed area?
When creating your product, it is important to make sure that your image is a little wider than the size needed. In printing, the bleed area allows you to obtain a borderless print. We would advise filling the blead areas, maked with a red checkered area, to ensure you don't end up with white edges. You should make sure that you do not put important details within the bleed area as these will quite likely be lost.
What is crocking and why might it occur?
Crocking, which is fading along the creases, often after washing or heavy use, occurs when you digitally print on natural fabrics - more so when dark or dense colours are used. It can be minimised by using a cool hand wash instead of machine washing as the tumbling of the machine is the main cause of this. To avoid entirely, we would advise using a poly fabric.
Why do my colours appear lighter on organic fabrics?
Our organic fabrics do not have any coatings that the non-organic fabrics have. This means the ink absorbs into the fibres, reducing the colour strength slightly (by approx. -40%). For super strong colours we recommend a non-organic natural fabric.
Can you perfectly join two separately printed panels?
We always try to provide the utmost precision in printing and manufacturing. However, due to unavoidable stretching or movement of the fabric at the time of sewing, we can not guarantee a perfect alignment of the pattern on the seams of the garment. Generally we are accurate to 2-3mm, which is sufficient for most reasons but can pose minor problems with patterns or geometric designs.
Should I save my file as a TIFF or JPEG?
For multi-coloured or very detailed files we recommend using a tiff format, but they must be flattened. For simple colours and low detail files, a jpeg is fine.
Is it possible to print your own label?
Most of our clothing is made with a label space. You can print your label and add information about your brand. If you want to sew your own labels, we offer customizable labels of different sizes.
Can I print on both sides of the fabric?
We do not offer printing on both sides of the fabric, as a lot of our fabrics are semi-transparent. As the customer, you can consider the effect of printing on both sides one of our fabrics and contact us, and we will get back to you if it's feasible.
Can I order labels in another fabric? Will you cut them like you do with the normal fabric labels?
At the moment no, our labels are all printed on the same satin fabric. We may introduce more in the future, but for now this is the best choice. The labels are all cut the same way. You can order the fabric of your choice and make the labels yourself, but we do not cut different fabric into label format.
How is your fabric printing eco-friendly?
With environmental consciousness in mind, our fabrics are all printed using completely water-based inks. This means no chemicals or solvents are used. Our heat fixing procedure fixes the colours and prints, avoiding the downsides of steaming, such as excess or contaminated water returning into the waste system. We have one facility in London where we conduct all the printing, production and fulfillment.
Why are there slight colour differences between my orders?
We work at improving our colour profiles all the time. Though rare it may happen that from one print run to another, and there could be slight colour differences, this is normal and part of the process when we are constantly improving. It is extremely unlikely that there will be a huge difference (like orange instead of red for example). Please bear in mind such colour variations can be intensified from fabric to fabric due to the varying grains and textures of the fabric; natural fabrics tend to have more muted colours than their poly alternatives. This is due to the construction of the materials as well as the print methods that have to be altered slightly for more delicate, natural textiles.
Please note: As everything we provide is handmade to order, you may find a slight variance in the sizes.
Delivery time & Costs
We handmake your item on site, which takes on average 1-2 days. Please check individual production times which are displayed next to the item price on the product page, as this varies from product to product. In rare cases when we need to re-print an item, this may take an additional 1-2 days.
After your item has been manufactured, we ship your order and send you a dispatch confirmation via email through. Please add on the production time to the delivery time to calculate when your order will be with you. The delivery time will be visible in the basket and check-out page, where you can select between the delivery methods too.
You can then enjoy or resell your hand-made products with your very own designs.
You can also read more about our terms & conditions and refund policy.
Make use of our Manufacturing and Worldwide Shipping Experience
At Contrado, every product is handmade on site to ensure the highest quality. We provide a dedicated production service as well as a range of fast delivery options. For the past 14 years, we have printed and hand-made countless personalised products for a wide range of customers all over the world and many of them have become loyal customers who love not only our products but also the care, knowledge and dedication from our staff.