Sizing is the most common mistake made when it comes to ordering custom teamwear; and a lack of care is the only explanation for this. Quite often this is on the supplier side but also on the customer side. It is imperative to check your suppliers size chart before you place an order and emphasise this with the entire group.
There are various reasons for supplier errors but we have worked hard to overcome these:
- - Poor workmanship by the sewers
- - Incorrect setups on the artwork
- - Lack of knowledge in the relevant market (i.e. Asian sizing in the North America market)
- - Human error in translating order sheets
We have developed strong quality control procedures and standardised sizing charts across various sports to overcome this, as well as regular factory visits to ensure these are upheld. With this in place we are now working with customers to minimise error on this side. We want to avoid teams or business guessing sizes, not measuring correctly or making basic administration errors.
At Cheeta Teamwear we ensure that or custom apparel is to standard sizing, but unfortunately this doesn’t just mean you can guess your size. Without mentioning particular brands, we took one of the directors of the business as a case study to see what standard really meant. He stands 180cm, 80kg and is a relatively fit guy. If you were buying this guy a gift, or you didn’t know his size, you would call him a medium. And guess what – in the Cheeta Teamwear sports tee size chart he is a medium. We checked his wardrobe and 95% of his tops were size medium with the occasional small and the one large. We asked him if these small and large fit him to which he answered- “perfectly, they are just a different brand”. To us this highlights our typical case. Whilst most people know their size, there is also a few exceptions to the rule, so it is always encouraged to double check.
It gets even more complicated with women and children as there seems to be even more variance between brands. For example, a size 10 kids may fit a lot of 10 year olds, but it doesn’t mean it will fit every 10 year old!
There is also variance in personal preferences and the sport you play. Contact sport often want tight fitting to avoid being tackled, whilst some non-contact prefer a loose fit to avoid feeling tight or restrictive. Then there is different fabrics, and the list goes on and on!
To make sure everyone of our customers are satisfied with the end product we provide these simple instructions:
- - Request our size charts
- - Use these to measure garments
- - Make sure you always measure the garment when it is off and laid flat
- - Provide sizes in an excel spreadsheet
- - Always ask if you have any queries
- - Double Check
If you follow these steps, all of the above issues will be irrelevant and you will have perfectly fitted garments.