In the decorated apparel industry, creating wearable art is our passion. We love to experiment with new colors and designs to create an image as unique as the client behind it. Just like the designers at fashion week, we pay attention to new patterns, colors and style trends.

Season after season, we look to Pantone Fashion Color Report for a glimpse into the colors of next season. The report is published by Pantone for the fashion industry twice a year, and features a comprehensive overview of fashion designers’ use of colors in their upcoming collections.

Today we’ve matched up each of Pantone’s top 10 colors for spring with some of our favorite shirts and sweatshirts for screen printing. When you’re looking for the best shirts for your events this spring, let this be your guide!

Pantone’s Top 10
Rose Quartz

American Apparel’s fine jersey short sleeve tee in ash grey apricot is a perfect match for Pantone’s Rose Quartz, 2016’s most popular color.


Peach Echo

This Comfort Colors pocket tee is a great match for Pantone’s peach echo. This color is bold, bright, and suits both men and women.


serenity

Serenity is a fitting name for this color blue, and we think this Comfort Colors sweatshirt is perfect for a serene afternoon on the couch.


SNORKEL BLUE

A deep blue like this one definitely reminds us of the ocean. Unfortunately, the weather does not. Until then, we’ll settle for this cozy zip-up sweatshirt by Alternative Apparel.


BUTTERCUP

We can’t help but feel the sunshine when we look at Pantone’s buttercup. This Champion sweatshirt in bright yellow is perfect for a spring mood in winter weather.


LIMPET SHELL

Limpet Shell is a twist on the traditional mint green we’ve seen the last few years. The blue hue is very calming, and LAT Apparel appropriately named this t-shirt color “chill.”


LILAC GRAY

Comfort Colors’ “wisteria” is a close match to Pantone’s lilac gray. We expect to see quite a bit of this gender neutral color this spring.


FIESTA

Fiesta is a fierce red/orange that we can’t live without, and this American Apparel tee makes a statement without sacrificing comfort.


ICED COFFEE

This soft neutral is a must-have in every closet, and Comfort Colors’ zip-up sweatshirt is a cozy option we love!


GREEN FLASH

Last but certainly not least, this bright green is exactly what we love about spring. Try it on with this Hanes long sleeve tee in lime.


Now that you’ve seen the top 10 colors for spring 2016, we want to know which is your favorite! Let us know by commenting below, and don’t forget to follow us here at Just Inkin’ Around and check us out on social media.

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If you’re like us, you love giving gifts at the holidays. You like to make the people in your life feel special and you like to see them smile. What you probably don’t like so much, however, is selecting the right gift for each person! When you’ve got a long list of people you appreciate, it can be challenging to find the right gifts for everyone. You want your gifts to be meaningful and enjoyable. After all, nobody wants to give another basket of coffee and pecans. But with so many people on your list, how can you make sure each gift feels personal and special?

We’ve got you covered. In our experience, the best way to add that personal touch is to literally get personal. Personalization can take a gift from simple to elegant in one smooth step. It can turn a basic item into something completely unique. This year, we’re giving you a step-by-step guide to gift giving that will ensure everyone on your list gets a little something special!

Step 1: MAKE A LIST OF THE PEOPLE IN YOUR WORLD

When it comes to shopping, one should never begin without a list. Shopping without a list is the reason you walk into Target for a bar of soap and leave with a full cart and $300 less than you walked in with. So, for your wallet’s sake, take a few minutes to sit down and write out a list of everyone you want to give gifts to this year. Break them down into categories like family, friends, teachers, coworkers, business relationships, employees, etc.

Step 2: WHAT’S GOING ON IN THEIR WORLD?

After you’ve got a list of everyone you want to buy for, take a minute to sit down and think about each individual on your list and what’s going on in their lives this year. Did they have a new baby? Did they get married or move into a new house?Did they start a new job or retire from an old one? Did they graduate college? Did they send a child to college? Do they have any major events or changes coming up in their lives? Make a second column next to their names and write down something personal about each person in this column.

Step 3: WHAT DO THEY NEED IN THEIR WORLD?

Now that you’ve got a list and a little something personal about each person written down, think about gifts for life events. For example, newlyweds might enjoy a gift featuring their new family name, like a decorative pillow or a photo frame. A student might enjoy a cozy blanket or a lap desk to use while they study. Someone who recently started a new job might enjoy a padfolio or a name plate for their desk. Maybe grandma could use a new scarf. Once you’ve got a few gift ideas, add a third column and put down the gifts that would work for each person.

Now, you might know five people who moved into a new house or went off to college this year, and you want to get them all cozy new blankets. Remember, it’s totally okay to give the same item to multiple people, because we’re going to add a personal touch in the next step!

Step 4: PERSONALIZE

Now you’ve got a list of people to buy for and a list of which gifts to give, all you have to do is personalize! When you take the time to add a personal touch to gifts, people feel special! It’s a very easy way to show the people in your life how special they are to you. So, here are a few suggestions for gift personalization.

  • If you’re giving pillows or towels, have the family name or monogram embroidered onto these items. These make wonderful elegant gifts for the home, not to mention useful!
  • For grandma, add her monogram to a soft, cozy robe or a new scarf. She’ll stay warm and look pretty all winter long.
  • For the college student, add their team to a blanket, jacket or any other apparel item you choose! You can never go wrong with team spirit.
  • For that friend who started a new job, try monogramming a laptop bag or customizing a business card holder!

If you follow this step-by-step guide to gift giving, we promise your presents will not disappoint! We love creating personalized products for our clients, friends and family. If you’d like to see more gift ideas from Cornerstone Impressions, email us or visit our social media sites! They’re filled with pictures so you can browse for ideas.

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Most of the time when you’re shopping for custom apparel, you have a general idea of what you’re looking for. Maybe you know you want a polo or a T-shirt, but many apparel decorators offer so many styles and brands it’s hard to choose. Normally, we recommend our clients come by and see product samples before making their decision, but we know there are still plenty of you out there wondering ‘which one is right for me?’

In our new series, Product Impressions, our team is on a mission to answer your questions by doing the sampling for you. Literally. For each Product Impressions post, we’re bringing you real reviews, one product at a time. Here’s how we do it:

Step 1: As a team, we select a product to focus on. (Example: V-neck tees)
Step 2: Each of us picks a few different styles, brands and colors to try out for ourselves.
Step 3: We wear them, wash them, and wear them again. Spending a significant amount of time in the garments and doing everyday activities allows us to really see how they move and fit throughout the day.
Step 4: Write. Down. EVERYTHING. Things we love, things we hate and things we’re indifferent about for each product.
Step 5: Compare notes and share what we’ve learned!

RAGLANS

Group Shot Up Close

We chose to start this series off with raglan shirts when we realized that half of our team didn’t actually know what a raglan shirt was. When you think of a raglan, you probably picture a classic baseball shirt style with 3/4 length sleeves and two separate colors for the body and the sleeves. You would be right. Well, you would be half right. The term raglan actually refers to the construction of the sleeves. Raglan sleeves do not have a shoulder seam. Instead, the sleeves are one continuous piece of fabric going all the way up to the neck, and typically with a diagonal seam in front of the shoulder. Hoodies are an example of raglans, as are most athletic jerseys.

So once we all figured out what a raglan is, we ordered some samples. We chose a few different styles from these brands: American Apparel, Next Level Apparel, Sport Tek, Gildan and US Blanks.

American Apparel

American Apparel Raglan

Product: American Apparel Unisex Poly-Cotton Baseball Raglan Tee
Fit: True to size
Material: Very thin, which means the shirt is very soft but also can be somewhat see through if you select a white body.
Color options: Available in 25 color options, the most of all raglans reviewed in this post.
Any changes after washing?: No, this shirt does not shrink up or lose color in the wash.

NEXT LEVEL
Next Level Raglan 2

Product: Next Level Unisex Tri-Blend Raglan
Fit: True to size
Material: This raglan is a tri-blend, which means it’s super soft and comfortable all day long.
Color options: 17 color choices
Any changes after washing?: No, this shirt does not shrink up or lose color in the wash.

Terry Raw Edge Raglan-Next Level

Product: Next Level Terry Raw Edge 3/4 Sleeve Raglan
Fit: True to size, shirt is a little shorter than other raglans in length
Material: Thicker material, does not stretch in the sleeves or at the waist.
Color options: 18 color choices available. All solid colors, 4 neon options.
Any changes after washing?: No, this product did not lose shape or color after washing.

US Blanks

US Blanks Raglan

Product: US Blanks Tri-Blend Long Sleeve Raglan
Fit: True to size
Material: Thin. The bottom of the shirt rolled up significantly throughout the day.
Color options: 4 available color options
Any changes after washing?: Yes, this shirt shrunk after washing.

Sport-Tek 

Sport-Tek Raglan

Product: Sport-Tek Colorblock Raglan Jersey
Fit: A little larger than expected. More of an athletic fit.
Material: This shirt is more stiff than other shirts we reviewed. It’s more for athletic wear than for fashion wear.
Color options: 19 color options available.
Any changes after washing?: No changes after washing, still a bit stiff.

OUR TOP PICKS

Best for fashion: Next Level and American Apparel
Best for utility (sports, athletics): Sport-Tek

We hope our Product Impressions series will make it easy for you to find the perfect styles to fit your needs. If you have raglan questions we didn’t answer in this post, or if you’d like to suggest a product for us to review in the future, feel free to email us! We’re happy to talk tees with you. 🙂

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Embroidered jackets and button down shirts are great forms of advertising and a popular choice among clients this time of year. When you’re shopping for shirts and jackets, you have a wide variety of fabrics, styles and sizes to choose from. In a store, all the choices are laid out in front of you so you can easily select the option that best suits your personal style.

When you’re thinking about custom embroidery, it’s a little less simple. You might have plenty of options, but if you can’t see them it’s pretty hard to choose the one that’s best for you. We don’t think that’s fair, which is why we are laying some of those options out on the table today. Now you can choose your custom embroidery style just like you would choose a shirt in a store.

LEFT OR RIGHT CHEST

Okay, we’ll go ahead and state the obvious here. The left or right chest is by far the most common embroidery location on a jacket or shirt. It’s simple, classic, and professional. Basically, if it were a person, it would be the person you take home to meet your mother.

Sleeve 

The left and right shoulders are also very popular locations because they’re great for advertising, and here’s why: It’s less awkward for someone to stare at your shoulder from afar than it is for someone to stare at your chest. People may not take the time to read the logo on your chest for fear of making you uncomfortable. However, if it’s on your sleeve, they’re free to stare as long as they like.

ZTA SLEEVE POLO
Upper Back

Embroidery on your upper back is all about personal preference. Some like their embroidery in the center of the back, while others choose to place their logo on one shoulder blade or the other. Another common use for upper back embroidery is displaying a web address or full company name.

Yoke

The yoke, or nape of the neck, is a discreet location for those who want personalization but nothing flashy. It’s also a popular location for athletes to put their jersey number for a couple of reasons. First, the number allows the players to identify which jacket is whose. Second, the number lets the fans identify players on the sidelines during the game.

Yolk

Cuff

Embroidering shirt sleeve cuffs is becoming more and more popular as a gift item for events like weddings. Brides give their bridesmaids custom embroidered shirts to wear on the day of their wedding and to have as a keepsake afterward. Popular embroidery ideas for cuffs: date, “bridesmaid,” “bride,” “maid of honor,” etc.

Bridesmaids Cuffs

 Now that you know some of your options, we’d love to see what you’ve chosen! Comment below with your custom embroidery photos and tell us what you love about it. If you happen to have some Cornerstone Impressions custom embroidery, don’t forget to post a picture of it on Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #csimpressions for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card! Follow us here at Just Inkin’ Around and our social media channels below for more chances to win.

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Printed T-shirts are one of the few fashion trends that never go out of style. Custom shirts can make a statement, create awareness, and even unify a group of complete strangers. Over the years, we’ve printed T-shirts for every occasion imaginable and we’ve seen some really awesome ways to incorporate them into events. Today, we’re sharing 5 times for custom tees.

RETREATS

Whether you love them or hate them, most people have attended a retreat at least once. Some love the chance to get out of the office/classroom for a day while others would rather be working than socializing. We know that not everybody loves to bond over team-building exercises, but we also know this; nobody ever complains about the chance to wear a comfy T-shirt. Group retreat shirts serve as positive reminders of the team-building spirit long after the retreat is over. They’re also great advertising for your business or organization.

SHIRTS FOR A CAUSE

Shirts for a cause are some of our favorites to print. Whether your goal is to create awareness, support an organization, or raise funds, we’ve got you covered. Design your own shirts or ask us to create a design for you, we’re always happy to help!

SCHOOL GROUPS

Whenever you’re traveling with a group of students to competitions, games, trips, etc. it can be hard to stick together. Any teacher who has ever taken a class trip can tell you it’s a stressful experience for those in charge. One way to make this easier is with matching T-shirts.

When students are wearing group T-shirts, parents and teachers can easily spot them in a crowd and monitor them more effectively. This creates a safer environment for the students and peace of mind for those in charge of them. We suggest choosing a bold, solid colored shirt such as red, yellow, blue or green. These are easy to spot from a distance.

WEDDINGS

Weddings are all about making memories to last a lifetime and so are T-shirts! Bachelor and bachelorette parties are great events to make T-shirts for. Of course you can’t forget T-shirts for the bridesmaids to wear while they get ready! Create your own design or have us make one for you, either way, you can’t go shirtless to your wedding. 🙂

FAMILY REUNIONS

Family reunions are one of our favorite times for custom tees! Whether your reunion is big or small, shirts are a fun way to commemorate the day. Not to mention they can be seriously helpful when you’re trying to identify who amongst the crowd you’re actually related to, and who is simply a random person enjoying an afternoon in the park.

Other fun suggestions are to make “team” shirts for each branch of the family, print a funny picture of your family’s matriarch/patriarch, or use different color shirts for each branch of the family like our clients here:

Now that you’ve seen some of our favorite excuses to make custom T-shirts, we want to see yours! Send a picture of your favorite custom shirt to Hannah@csimpressions.com and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card! For more chances to win in our monthly social media contest, follow us!

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If you’re in the screen printing industry, you know it takes a village to create a gorgeous print. From the graphic designer to the screen printers, everyone plays a part in turning a great idea into a beautiful garment. We decided to see how our work compares to others in our industry, so we entered the 2015 Impressions Awards.

The Impressions Awards are our industry’s most prestigious apparel decorating competition. For months, decorators of all levels submit their entries to be judged by a panel. Winners were recently announced at ISS Fort Worth, and we’re proud to say that Cornerstone Impressions was the recipient of this year’s People’s Choice Award. This award goes to the design which was voted best by ISS show attendees.

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The ‘Miss Texas Prison Rodeo’ shirt was designed by Pecos McCool for Lazy J Ranch Wear.

This shirt, along with the rest of the Impressions Award winners, will be displayed at every ISS show next year and featured in the January issue of Impressions Magazine.

This year’s People’s Choice Award is the second Impressions Award for Pecos McCool and Cornerstone Impressions. We know we’re lucky to have such amazing artists and screen printers on our team. Without the great work they do and the clients they do it for, we’d be lost! Congratulations, Pecos! We love the work you do every day, and we are thrilled the rest of the world can enjoy it as well!

The decorated apparel industry is constantly evolving and improving. It seems like every day we hear about a new ink or a better machine. There’s always something more to learn and room to grow. At Cornerstone, we have employees with more than 10 years of experience in this industry, and we have employees to whom apparel decoration might as well be a foreign language. This week, our whole team is attending the Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS), the largest trade show dedicated to the decorated apparel industry.

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The expo floor is filled with new products and equipment, we could have wandered for hours!

The conference also offers a variety of seminars dedicated to apparel decorators at all levels, so every member of our team gets the chance to improve upon their specific set of skills!

For us, the Impressions Awards gallery is one of the highlights of ISS Fort Worth. Every year, Impressions magazine holds a contest for apparel decorators, and the entries are on display at ISS Fort Worth. Award winners are announced at the end of the conference, and their work is shown at every ISS show the following year. We love seeing the awesome submissions from apparel decorators across the country and beyond.

Impressions Awards - our entry

^^^That one’s ours!!!! ^^^

The best thing about the Imprinted Sportswear Show isn’t that we get to see new screen printing toys and take classes, though. For us, the best part of ISS is getting to use what we learn to make even better apparel for our clients. Like our industry, we are constantly evolving and developing to bring our clients the best products and services available.

We can’t wait for you to see more of what we’ve learned on the blog, so make sure you subscribe! As always, email any questions you might have to hannah@csimpressions.com. You can also learn more about us on our website, and by visiting our social media pages.

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