Shop Provided Blank Garments

Welcome to sourced garments 101, this post is intended to help you find the right blank garment for your project. It’s a lot of information to take in; but we hope this empowers you to make the right decision in choosing your garment(s).

Hopefully you’ll find everything you’re looking for through our preferred vendor links and the products by category breakdown. If not send us a description of what you have in mind and we’ll come back with product links that match your description. You will find all of our preferred garments in our catalog linked above.

Shop Provided Blank Garments

Welcome to sourced garments 101, this post is intended to help you find the right blank garment for your project. It’s a lot of information to take in; but we hope this empowers you to make the right decision in choosing your garment(s).

Hopefully you’ll find everything you’re looking for through our preferred vendor links and the products by category breakdown. If not send us a description of what you have in mind and we’ll come back with product links that match your description. You will find all of our preferred garments in our catalog linked above.

In this basic canvass of garment sourcing you’ll find an intro to fabric compatibility, a general fit guide, a list of our top vendors and our leading garment brands by category.

Here at The Foundry we believe that good embellishments start at the garment. With so many fabric blends on the market it’s a literal arms race between fabric and print technology. In many ways, the attributes that make modern fabrics so comfortable can also make them difficult to print; take moisture wicking, water repellency or stain resistance for example. Most fabrics are designed around wear-ability opposed to being suitable substrates for embellishment. We believe that in order to achieve premium print results you have to approach every project in the same order; knowing the fabric material then determining the embellishment system used to decorate it.

Fit Guide

A basic guide to fit:

Humans are shaped differently from one another by many dimensions and everyone has their own definition of a good fitting garment. Knowing this the garment manufacturers pull fit specs from a pool and average them to try and get a consensus for dimensions by size for each subcategory. The basic subcategories are age and gender, and within each of those you have either contemporary or basic fit.

With that let’s look at the difference between contemporary and basic fit and understand that the following is a generalization. Contemporary fits are slightly longer in the body and trimmer in the overall silhouette. Contemporary garments are typically constructed from finer materials and cost roughly 20% more than their basic companions. Basic fits are slightly shorter in length and have a wider more relaxed overall silhouette. Basics have a heavier more traditional construction as well. These principles apply to all tops whether it’s tees, jackets or hoodies. Both contemporary and basic fits have a healthy market share at our shop, the difference really comes down to end user demographic and value.

Preferred Distributors

Distributors with top credentials:

Now the garment industry is enormous, it’s safe to say that we have access to tens of thousands of garment styles. Navigating all those products can be a real challenge, fortunately there are a handful of distributors that filter a lot of that for us and you’ll find most of the top products on their websites. It’s a lot to take in so don’t be afraid to reach out to us for guidance.

Garments by Category

As you can see there are a lot of products out there and to assist in your search we’ve broken it out by category/brand below. These are our top selling favorites based on the leading characteristics; quality, availability, fit, embellish-ability (we made that word up) and the logistics to obtaining them.

Know that we are here to help you so reach out if you have any questions.

Blank Tee Shirts

Top selling tees and long sleeves:

A line of models wearing different styles and colors of tshirts

Bella + Canvas – Our single most popular tee shirt line

Gildan – Our most popular brand for basic fits as well as the very affordable contemporary softstyle line

Next Level – An awesome verity of blended fabrics and modern colors in contemporary fits

Royal Apparel – Some great contemporary styles made in the USA

Hanes – A basic brand known for its quality, availability and affordability

Blank Hoodies and Sweatshirts

Top selling hoodies and crews:

People standing in a line wearing a variety of sweatshirts

Independent Trading Co – Our #1 fleece line, contemporary and basic fits in great quality fleece.

Gildan – A great basic and affordable line of fleece.

Beimar – Good contemporary fleece along with some cool technical styles

Burnside – A great brand for fleece tops and bottoms as well as woven and flannel tops.

Blank Jackets

Top Selling Outerwear:

A line of models wearing different styles of jackets

Independent Trading Co – We love their water resistant windbreakers (with and without hood)

Beimar – Overall our favorite Jacket brand, their modern fit coaches jacket is one of our favs.

Dickies – Some very cool basic workwear type jackets.

Blank Pants, Shorts and Joggers

Top Selling Pants and Sweats:

Blank Pants

Carhartt – Rugged work pants for construction and outdoor labro.

Sport-Tek – Leading in affordable but quality sportswear.

RedKap – Industrial work styles that are modern and economical.

Independent Trading – Masters of all things fleece including sweatpants.

Blank Hats and Beanies

Top Selling Headwear and Accessories:

Line of hats differing in shapes and colors

Flexfit/Yupoong – Something for everyone, our go to for modern caps and knit beanies.

Rothco – Our leading supplier for knit caps. They also have helmets and airsoft guns, I’m just saying.

Decky – great traditional styles and modern takes.  We really like some of their novelty fabrications.

Richardson Cap – Great modern styles with lots of color options.

Liberty Bags – Our leading line of tote bags.

Blank Safety Gear

Top Selling High Vis Lines:

Bulwark – Pretty much the top of the line in high visibility apparel.

Kishigo – Another top of the line safety wear brand and probably our most popular.

CornerStone – A great affordable link of high visibility basics.

RedKap – Great styles for everyday, our favorite workwear line.

Conclusion

There’s a lot out there and the above is just a small sampling of our sourcing reach. We’re here to make your project so put us to work, ask us any question and we’ll either know the answer of we’ll figure it out.

Below are some relevant links around the site if you wish to continue your research.

Details on starting a project with The Foundry 

A guide to sizing your graphics

Thanks for reading!

Contemporary Tees

Carhartt Jackets

Layering Outerwear

Custom Jackets

Windbreakers

Custom Jackets

Fashion Apparel

Ladies Tanks

High Vis Workwear

High Vis Custom Tees

Intro

A basic intro to fabric/print compatibility:

Here at The Foundry we believe that good embellishments start at the garment. With so many fabric blends on the market it’s a literal arms race between fabric and print technology. In many ways, the attributes that make modern fabrics so comfortable can also make them difficult to print; take moisture wicking, water repellency or stain resistance for example. Most fabrics are designed around wear-ability opposed to being suitable substrates for embellishment. We believe that in order to achieve premium print results you have to approach every project in the same order; knowing the fabric material then determining the embellishment system used to decorate it.

Fit Guide

A basic guide to fit:

Humans are shaped differently from one another by many dimensions and everyone has their own definition of a good fitting garment. Knowing this the garment manufacturers pull fit specs from a pool and average them to try and get a consensus for dimensions by size for each subcategory. The basic subcategories are age and gender, and within each of those you have either contemporary or basic fit.

With that let’s look at the difference between contemporary and basic fit and understand that the following is a generalization. Contemporary fits are slightly longer in the body and trimmer in the overall silhouette. Contemporary garments are typically constructed from finer materials and cost roughly 20% more than their basic companions. Basic fits are slightly shorter in length and have a wider more relaxed overall silhouette. Basics have a heavier more traditional construction as well. These principles apply to all tops whether it’s tees, jackets or hoodies. Both contemporary and basic fits have a healthy market share at our shop, the difference really comes down to end user demographic and value.

Preferred Distributors

Distributors with top credentials:

Now the garment industry is enormous, it’s safe to say that we have access to tens of thousands of garment styles. Navigating all those products can be a real challenge, fortunately there are a handful of distributors that filter a lot of that for us and you’ll find most of the top products on their websites. It’s a lot to take in so don’t be afraid to reach out to us for guidance.

Garments by Category

As you can see there are a lot of products out there and to assist in your search we’ve broken it out by category/brand below. These are our top selling favorites based on the leading characteristics; quality, availability, fit, embellish-ability (we made that word up) and the logistics to obtaining them.

Tees

Top selling tees and long sleeves:

A line of models wearing different styles and colors of tshirts

Bella + Canvas – Our single most popular tee shirt line

Gildan – Our most popular brand for basic fits as well as the very affordable contemporary softstyle line

Next Level – An awesome verity of blended fabrics and modern colors in contemporary fits

Royal Apparel – Some great contemporary styles made in the USA

Hanes – A basic brand known for its quality, availability and affordability

Fleece

Top selling hoodies and crews:

People standing in a line wearing a variety of sweatshirts

Independent Trading Co – Our #1 fleece line, contemporary and basic fits in great quality fleece.

Gildan – A great basic and affordable line of fleece.

Beimar – Good contemporary fleece along with some cool technical styles

Burnside – A great brand for fleece tops and bottoms as well as woven and flannel tops.

Jackets

Top Selling Outerwear:

A line of models wearing different styles of jackets

Independent Trading Co – We love their water resistant windbreakers (with and without hood)

Beimar – Overall our favorite Jacket brand, their modern fit coaches jacket is one of our favs.

Dickies – Some very cool basic workwear type jackets.

Headwear

Top Selling Headwear and Accessories:

Line of hats differing in shapes and colors

Flexfit/Yupoong – Something for everyone, our go to for modern caps and knit beanies.

Rothco – Our leading supplier for knit caps. They also have helmets and airsoft guns, I’m just saying.

Decky – great traditional styles and modern takes.  We really like some of their novelty fabrications.

Richardson Cap – Great modern styles with lots of color options.

Liberty Bags – Our leading line of tote bags.

Safety Gear

Top Selling High Vis Lines:

Bulwark – Pretty much the top of the line in high visibility apparel.

Kishigo – Another top of the line safety wear brand and probably our most popular.

CornerStone – A great affordable link of high visibility basics.

RedKap – Great styles for everyday, our favorite workwear line.

Conclusion

There’s a lot out there and the above is just a small sampling of our sourcing reach. We’re here to make your project so put us to work, ask us any question and we’ll either know the answer of we’ll figure it out.

Below are some relevant links around the site if you wish to continue your research.

Details on starting a project with The Foundry 

A guide to sizing your graphics

Thanks for reading!

Why work with The Foundry over other shops?

  1. Ability: Our 4,000 sqft shop is full of top of the line equipment and experienced operators. With garment printing, embroidery, patches, sewing and printed vinyl all in one place we are the one business relationship for all your private label needs.
  2. Creativity: Our staff is passionate about apparel, art and trends both current and classic. This passion drives a know-how in our design and application approach to creating custom apparel. We help take your ideas and put them into a format that is both compatible with and unique to your intentions.
  3. Resourcefulness: We always promote the scenario where quality and affordability meet. There are multiple ways to execute any custom apparel project and you can count on us to plan around the best results for a practical value while maintaining our quality first credo. The Foundry’s extensive in-house resources makes for as little 3rd party vendor involvement as possible.
  4. Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable to the quality of product and customer experience. We encourage our customers to share their thoughts to help us meet our commitments and deliver elevated results. Understanding the customers expectations, meeting them and managing concerns is what makes us Seattle’s one stop shop for quality custom apparel.
  5. Convenience: It is our job to know the process and be able to convey that information to the customer for their assurance. Our invoicing system outlines all of the garment and print information. We provide detailed mockups for every project with live approval and payment links. As well as due date and shipment tracking all from a single invoice view. This makes staying in know about your project easy and streamlined. We can ship to anywhere in the country or you can pick up from our location in South Seattle.

If you are looking to create the best custom garments and a value rich relationship look no further than The Foundry Print Shop Seattle.

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Dandee Fleming
Dandee Fleming
2021-01-29
I’ve had shirts, hoodies, bags and hats (screens, embroidery and patches) all made at the The Foundry. I love that they are a local Seattle company and that I can drive over and pick up my products right at the shop if I want to. Quick turn around and great prices. I recommend them for all your product needs.
Dune Butler
Dune Butler
2021-01-19
Super great print shop. They were able to steer us in the direction of making a product that would work with the right design. The end results are quality, stitched beanies, one of our finest pieces of merch yet.
john logic
john logic
2021-01-18
Look no further - my business has used shirts and promo items for a couple decades and The Foundry is as professional as they come. It's a relief to know you're dealing with a full staff with modern equipment - 2 auto-presses and sophisticated embroidery machines. The Crash Course on their website is an invaluable tool to prep you for what to expect; scroll down and check it out, it will save everyone time and money. Keep it up!
Jordan Bradley
Jordan Bradley
2020-12-29
Worked with Clint and The Foundry a couple times now for special order projects. They're always responsive, very quick to get projects and mock ups made, and do awesome work. Will definitely be using them again for any embroidery needs we have!
Sara McCabe
Sara McCabe
2020-12-29
We have worked with the Foundry on several different headware options for our brewery. The owners are very responsive, super knowledgeable about the products and can help with finding the best product for your needs. The quality of embroidering and stitching is on point. We are always happy to support this local business!