We love making uniforms for roller derby teams, and it's all done at our base in Plymouth, in the South West of England. We aim to make the process as stress-free as possible. No minimum order, sizing from 3XS - 6XL as standard (and we can make larger and smaller too!), free design, and a swift turnaround. Our fabric is sweat wicking, lightweight and velcro resistant. Want to know more? Read on, or get in touch with us to talk uniforms for your team.
Covid update: Our uniform service is running as normal, with delivery times at 4-6 weeks.
HOW DO I ORDER UNIFORMS FOR MY TEAM?
If you've already ordered uniforms with us, then get in touch with us to set up a team uniform store. We'll set up a private link that you can share with your skaters and league members for people to order their uniforms whenever they need them. We can include the styles that your team has chosen including tanks, t-shirts, hoodies, arm bands, helmet covers and crop tops. There's no minimum order, so you can order as many or as few as you like.
If you've not ordered uniforms from us before, then please take a moment to fill out this form here, to tell us about the kind of uniforms you want.
You can use the form to tell us your colours, add your team logo, and the kind of styles that you're interested in, we can come up with design options for you to choose from, you can create your own design - or if you already have a design that you've used with another supplier then we can work with that too.
Once we've set up your designs and you're happy with them, we'll set up a team uniform store for you to order from.
CAN WE TRY THEM ON FOR SIZE?
Absolutely! If you've not ordered before then we recommend you trying on our samples first so you can be sure of the right styles and fits. Get in touch with us to order a sample pack for your team. They're free to receive, and you can keep them up to 3 weeks - if you find you need them a little longer then just let us know, and once you're done you'll need to return them to us.
HOW DOES THE DESIGN PROCESS WORK?
We can design your uniforms for free – or you can send us your own design.
If you'd like us to design them, then you need to tell us your colours, and any accent colours you'd like included, your team logo and anything else you'd like to see. We'll then send you back some ideas and we can take it from there.
If you'd like to design your own, then just ask us for one of our uniform templates and you can get creative! We will need your designs in either a vector file (eps or ai) or a high res psd file. Please use the colour profile CMYK as this is what our equipment is set in and will give you the best colour match.
If you're planning on designing your own uniforms then we'd like to recommend that you check out these handy blog posts - written by roller derby officials, these blogs ensure you think about how your design would work from an officiating point of view, preventing official brain melt down, and making them accessible to all participants with colour blindness. Check out Zebra Skew's 6 things you should ask yourself about your new uniform, and Errignton's super helpful blog on making roller derby accessible for people with colour blindness.
WE'VE HAD OUR UNIFORMS MADE BY ANOTHER COMPANY, CAN YOU MATCH THEM?
If you own the artwork i.e. you originally designed the uniforms or you have permission to use the artwork, then send it to us and we can use it to create uniforms to match your current uniforms.
If you don't own the artwork to your uniforms – i.e. the company you used before came up with a unique design for you and they own the rights, then we won't be able to match it exactly, however we can match the colours used, and use your team logo and come up with a design that sits well with your previous uniforms.
So that we can colour match as closely as possible to your existing uniforms, we will send you out a colour swatch for you to choose from. The colour swatch is a piece of uniform fabric with all the colours on, so you can see what the colours will look like exactly on your uniforms. We prefer to send out swatches rather than rely on design files, as we know that colours can look different, depending on the device you're viewing them on, and even if you've got colour references from your previous uniform supplier, if they've calibrated their equipment differently, we may get a different result than them when printing them out.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Our vests are £30 and t-shirts are £35. Our prices include VAT, and there's no artwork fees.
If you're outside of the UK, then your prices will be tax free, so £25 for vests, and £29.17 for t-shirts. You may have to pay local taxes when they arrive with you. Usually this is around 20% so will bring your prices back to the same as our UK customers.
WHAT'S THE MINIMUM ORDER?
There's no minimum order – you can order just 1 top, perfect if you have skaters join you mid-season or a team skater wants to order a spare.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
If it's your first time, once we've agreed the final design, please allow 6-8 weeks for us to make them. If you're ordering from your uniform store, then please allow up to 4 weeks for us to make them before dispatch.
Please be aware in super busy times production may take longer, and these are approximate timings, so if you need your uniforms for a specific date, please let us know when you're ordering and we'll let you know if we can make it.
WHAT SIZING AND STYLES DO YOU MAKE?
Our uniforms come in sizes 3XS – 6XL, in curve and straight sided, with 4 length options - short, regular and long, and our crop styles. You can view all our style options here
WHERE ARE YOUR UNIFORMS MADE?
We make our uniforms right here at RDC in Plymouth, Devon, in the UK. This means you can be sure there's no sweatshop or child labour, our turnarounds can be pretty swift if you need your uniforms urgently and we're available during our opening hours to answer any questions you have. Bringing our uniform production in-house means we can develop new products pretty quick and tailor our uniforms to meet your heart's desire – so if you're looking for something you can't find on our web store just get in touch
WHAT ARE YOU UNIFORMS MADE OF?
Being skaters ourselves, we wanted to make sure our fabric is ideal for roller derby, so after copious testing with Velcro wrist guards in the office and skating in sample tops at training sessions and scrimmages, we found a fabric we're pretty impressed with. Our fabric is a blend of polyester and elastene, which is ideal for roller derby – it's lightweight, sweat wicking and, most importantly, resists Velcro. Elastene gives our uniforms stretchiness for improved fit and comfort without being super tight. Our team sleeveless hoodies and hoodies are made from polyester loop back jersey (like a terry jersey) or sweatshirt fleece fabric and feel like a medium heavy sweatshirt fabric.
HOW ARE YOUR UNIFORMS MADE?
We make our uniforms 100% in-house from design (if required) to fabric printing, to sewing together.
After designing your uniforms, we print them out onto heat resistant transfer paper, using a large format ink-jet printer. The printer has 4 ink reservoirs, cyan (c), magenta (m), yellow (y) and black (k) at different quantities to create the full colour print. Using this kind of printer means there's no limit to the number of colours, logos or details in your design. Whatever we create on the computer screen will get printed out directly onto paper.
We then press the the paper onto the fabric in our mega heat press, and this permanently dyes the fabric, which gives really vibrant colours that won't fade/flake off. This kind of printing is known as 'sublimation' printing and is more of a dying than printing process. We then cut out the pieces and stitch them together – 3 sewing machines are used to make a vest (hems, seams and binding all use different machines), and 4 are used to make a t-shirt.
CAN I ADD WFTDA, MRDA, UKRDA AND JRDA LOGOS ONTO MY UNIFORM?
Currently, WFTDA and UKRDA don't allow their logo to be dyed into our uniforms, so you'll need to sew your patches on. We have produced JRDA and MRDA logos on team uniforms before – we would need you to confirm that your team is a member of the organisation, and from time to time we check in with the organisations themselves to make sure that they're still happy to for us to do it.
CAN I VISIT YOU AND WATCH THE UNIFORMS BEING MADE?
Right now, we're in lockdown so no, but once things are back to normal then visitors are welcome. We're based in Plymouth, a small city in Devon, in the south west of England. We are a busy production unit so we do ask that you get in touch with us first to let us know when you're coming so we can make sure there's someone available to meet you.
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS!
If there's anything else you want to ask then just get in touch – you can message us via our contact form here or call us 01752 267 405– we love talking uniforms. We're open Monday to Friday, 8am til 5pm. Or come and talk to us at an event – once Covid restrictions allow, we're looking forwar to getting back out on to the road, and always brings samples to events for people to try on and talk to us about our uniforms