Custom clothing products have become a thing during the last decade since custom manufacturing is a lot more accessible. People don’t have to simply settle with generic designs and products available out there online, in shopping malls and supermarkets. All types of clothing be it shirts, pants, jackets, underwear etc. can now be custom made according to user’s design, preferences and specifications. One of the most heavily customized clothing product out there is the classic hoodie and in this article, we will thoroughly discuss how to make custom hoodies. Here is a good overview for the hoodie market with prices on Amazon.
Choose Your Fabric
A hoodie is a clothing product which is designed to keep the user warm with a mandatory hood covering the head and giving this product its name. The hood can be used or simply be pulled back. It can be enclosed by a zipper in the middle much like a jacket or can be worn like a regular shirt. Depending on how warm you like your custom hoodie to be, you can choose from thick stretch cotton, jersey material or fleece as the fabric of your custom hoodie project. Aside from the warmth the fabric can provide, you must also consider the weight of the fabric as consumers might want finer or rougher fabric depending on the design and purpose.
Cut Out the Hoodie Parts
A regular hoodie is basically made up of 8 to 12 fabric patches sewn together to form the product . As the wholesale clothing manufacturer, you need to have these parts laid out and cut them as the pieces from your main fabric material. The different hoodie parts are the following: (usually front, back, hood, sleeves, pocket, wrist band and waist band). You can choose to have an old hoodie to serve as a guide when cutting out these hoodie parts. It is easy to identify these parts based on the sewing lines when looking at a regular hoodie.
Sewing Together the Hoodie Pieces
This is the most crucial stage of custom hoodie product development. To avoid recurring costs and material wastes, it is advisable to let professional clothing manufacturers sew your hoodie product for you. There are techniques and skills needed in sewing a hoodie properly and you may end up wasting your hoodie parts in case these techniques are not applied on the sewing process. There are different kind of seams that can be used and that have to be determined.
Adding the Trims
Once the hoodie parts are now sewn together, you can now add trims and other designs to your custom hoodie. The most common trims in hoodies are zippers and pockets. Zippers may be optional if your hoodie is designed to be worn much like a regular shirt. It is advisable to add a zipper as it gives the hoodie versatility in terms of how to wear it and as well as adjust the warmth it can give by keeping it unzipped. However, it will be more like a jacket.
Pockets are trims normally placed in front of the sweatshirt placed side by side. Pockets can keep the wearer’s hands warm while wearing the hoodie and can also keep items such as coins and keys. You can be playful when it comes to sewing your pockets in order to differentiate your design from traditional hoodies. Some even use a different fabric color for the pockets to alter the overall design of the custom hoodie.
Adding a Customized Print or Embroidery
Most hoodies have their customized prints on the front or back side. These are empty and large spaces of fabric on the a hoodie which makes it a safe option as a canvas. However, you can also be creative enough and put the print on the front side of the hoodie but the printing method must be done before you add the zipper of the product to keep the print design intact. It will be difficult to print a design on the front end once the zipper is already in place unless it is simply a small print on the chest area. The same applies to embroideries that are more expensive to do but are also perceived as being of higher quality. Creative prints can get you a lot of attention, but also negative feedback when not thought through like as happened to H&M and the bullet hole hoodie.
Other Manufacturing Aspects on How to Make Custom Hoodies
Once your custom hoodie is ready, there are other aspects of custom manufacturing you need to consider before you can sell your product out there in the market. Product packaging is a no-brainer and you need to enclose the product in a safe packaging to protect the material from damage while being sold in the market. Having a stylish product packaging such as being economical-friendly is a huge plus since most consumers these days support environmental-friendly products.
Other factors such as logistics and labeling is also necessary as they are standard requirements for clothing products, including hoodies. For labeling, make sure you put care label tag within the hoodie along with other product information consumers need to know. With respect to logistics, make sure your custom hoodie passes quality control before being shipped to avoid expensive returns. Good luck in learning how to make custom hoodies. The best way is to learn by practise.