Do your school polos fade? Are the colours inconsistent? Are you wondering how to fix things? Well, Uniform Link has the answer. In fact, we’ve got three.
At Uniform Link, we can offer you three ways to create signature school polos that look fantastic. Each method has its own benefits. Which way you decide to go will ultimately come down to your school’s design criteria, uniform budget and delivery deadlines.
But never fear, our school uniform experts will guide you through all the options to help you create the ultimate uniform polo.
Below you’ll find more information about:
- Traditional dyed polos with embroidery,
- Fully sublimated polos
- A hybrid polo solution with sublimated panels
Method 1: Dyed and Embroidered
Dyed polos have been the go-to for many years and for good reason!
With 30+ years creating school uniforms we know that embroidery and school uniforms are a rock-solid pairing. There’s something about the timeless elegance of an embroidered logo that other methods just can’t emulate.
With precision embroidering available in our Brisbane, Cairns and Australian owned Vietnam factory – there’s no uniform we can’t embroider.
Method 2: Sublimated School Polo
A fully sublimated polo is a game-changer when it comes to creating custom school shirts. With unmatched flexibility, durability and design options, there’s virtually no downside.
Sublimation is the process of digitally printing and transferring a design onto fabric fibres using a print-dying process that bonds at a molecular level. It’s like magic!
The end result is a vivid and precise design that is part of the fabric itself. Plus, because the ink is infused within the fabric, it won’t fade or peel over time. So, your shirts will look just as fresh and vibrant as the day you got them, even after countless washes.
And with over 300 ‘standard’ colour options and our superior colour matching capability, it’s like having a blank canvas to create any design you want.
Here at Uniform Link, we’re all about attention to detail.
We ensure continuity of colour, meaning the shirts we’ve sublimated for 20 years have the exact same colour as the ones we produce today.
Compared to the dyed process above, exact colour matching is a breeze with Uniform Link’s sublimation process.
Method 3: Sublimated Panels
A school polo with sublimated panels is the hybrid polo style that strikes the balance between creativity and cost effectiveness.
Although don’t write off fully sublimated as being cost prohibitive until you’ve spoken to the Uniform Link experts! Thanks to leaps and bounds in innovation, and the machinery we use in our factory, it’s more achievable than you might think.
Incorporating a sublimated side panel or trim on dyed shirts is a super effective way to create a unique, eye-catching shirt design. We’ve seen some amazing examples of sublimated panels with indigenous themes that are truly stunning.
So, which method should you choose?
Well, one of the big factors is quantity.
For smaller quantities, you may be surprised to learn that sublimation printing is recommended because it doesn’t unnecessarily use litres of costly dye.
For larger quantities, dyed and embroidered polos may be a good option, although keep in mind the potential for fading and shrinkage with traditional polycotton blends.
If you’re fabric focused, keep in mind that sublimation doesn’t affect how your fabric feels or wears. Sublimated synthetic polyester is a favourite for sportswear because of how soft and breathable it is even in sweltering conditions.
Choosing eco-friendly fabrics is easy too. We have an incredible range of recyclable fabrics to choose from. All incredibly comfortable and lightweight. Whichever fabric you choose, we can walk you through the best production technique to help you optimise the result.
And what about feedback from parents, organisers, and students? The number one thing we hear is that our sublimated polos are cool and comfy. Plus, our sublimated polos are tough and don’t shrink or fade, so they’ll last for years to come.
Ready to create your own custom school polos with Uniform Link?
It’s easy! Simply choose from our studio designs or create your own custom design with the help of our talented team of designers.
So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today to upgrade your school’s polos to the next level with sublimation printing.