polyester fabric printing

Last month at the LA Textile Show we highlighted our sublimation printing services. One of our biggest takeaways, other than amazing new contacts, was that polyester fabric still has a bad rap. We aim to change that with more education on today’s polyester. This is not the fiber your parents, or grandparents wore. Polyester has come a long way in the last 50 odd years. Wicking in Polyester I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but for those needing a refresher. Wicking, in fabrics, is the act of moisture being pulled through the fiber of your leggings to the surface of the fabric where it canRead More →

color matching

We love working with clients remotely, it’s the digital age after all. One area that can get a bit tricky is color matching. Why? (and) What does that mean? Basically, getting the color you’re envisioning to print out, or match, your example image, swatch, or idea. One way to do this is with Pantone Color Systems. The only downfall is you really need to have the physical books. Here’s why: We visited their website and utilized the handy “Find a Pantone” Tool. This snapshot is what we could see on our screen versus the physical Living Coral page from our Pantone book. See the difference?Read More →

In our last post, Why do I need Legging Development, Part 1, we discussed how seemingly simple details can get lost in concept sketches and why tech packs are so important. Today we’re going to tackle garment patterns and prototypes. The next two steps in the development of leggings. The big question, How do you take that sketch and turn it into a legging? The garment pattern is the template we use to do just that! While we use a laser cutter to transfer the information, this picture gives a clearer visual of the process. It’s illustrating the pattern pieces laid out on fabric forRead More →

standout leggings

Dropshipping can be a great way to start up a new brand or website. But let’s face it; it’s a crowded arena! How do you standout in a Dropship Marketplace? Give your customers what they want! If you’ve been in the dropshipping business for a while, you have customer feedback. Mine that data! Start to categorize the comments good and bad, and see where you should make changes. If you’re just getting ready to launch, we can give you some tips. Though we should warn you, we will be a bit biased toward what’s happening in the legging marketplace. 1- Fabric Consistency One of theRead More →

Yes, the sublimation printing process requires polyester. No, it doesn’t have to be gross! But more on that later. In answer to your burning question: How does sublimation printing happen? Simple, right- So why do you need polyester fabric? In step 2 there is a bit more happening than meets the eye. The paper and fabric are being run through a heat press. This is essentially an oven heated up to 400 degrees. While they travel through the rollers a chemical reaction is happening. The water based sublimation ink evaporates from the paper into a gas. The molecules in this gas bond to the polyesterRead More →

concept for legging development

While producing a legging may look simple there is quite a lot that happens between concept and production. We came across a great example this week of why the legging development process is needed. One of our artist sketched up some leggings for marketing purposes. I was so impressed, I said, “Let’s make them!” Then it happened, the series of unanswered questions that a concept sketch can leave up to interpretation. This is where we jump into the first part of legging development. Usually, the more interesting the seaming, the more questions we have. Then there’s the question of materials, pockets and stitching. It takesRead More →

JLD-Studios will be at Premiere Vision New York January 15-16th,  Pier 94, booth i8 in the Design Section. Featuring a fresh collection of prints focused on the latest textile trends in saturated and micro florals, updated scarf layouts, bold geometrics and patterns for a variety of markets. Here’s a sneak peek into the textile trends that inspired our designers. Conventional blooms updated with saturated colors. Going outside of the traditional for rare floral shapes with intense color variation. Open grounds make blooms pop. When the mid to large scale blooms are about to overwhelm, micro florals inspired by our favorite vintage pieces are the perfectRead More →

This months Women in Business series features Cathy, founder of Ivalieu Pettipants. We met Cathy almost 5 years ago when her brand was just an idea.  We’ve loved watching and helping the idea turn into a business allowing women to be more comfortable and confident when life lifts their skirts.  Read on to learn more about the Ivalieu journey. How did the Ivalieu brand began? Need! After my second child I realized that I had been avoiding wearing skirts and dresses, especially so during the summer. It was too bad, I thought, as a skirt or dress instantly makes me feel more pulled together andRead More →

Supporting other women owned businesses drives us everyday.  Launching a snow leggings line is more up hill than down hill.  Learn more about how Cheryl Baker of Sto Snow does it! Why did you create Sto Snow Leggings? I created Sto Snow because in 15 years of skiing at the end of every day on the mountain, my friends and I would complain to each other how there are no women’s snow pants out there made specifically with women’s bodies in mind. What seems to be mostly available are pants made for men’s shape and structure made smaller for women. Every woman I see aroundRead More →

When we receive a new inquiry, we always ask to see the legging concepts first.  This allows us to better understand the brand direction, assess if we’ll be the best fit, and get started on a proposal.  If this is your first time designing leggings, sending the concepts can be a little daunting!  This post should help you prepare your ideas to send us your legging concepts. Biggest Misconception – I need to send professional legging sketches Not at all!  We can work from just about any version of a legging concept, from similar products to rough napkin sketches. We’ve seen it all and areRead More →

We are excited for the prints we saw marching down the Runway for Autumn/Winter 2017.  While opulent damask and lavish embroidery may not immediately seem like ideal textiles for leggings, we can extract the elements and create dramatic printed leggings. Here is a great example from the Red Valentino collection.  Inspired by traditional embroidery and damask weaves, these dresses have a demure feel. By punching out the color into darker tones and colorblocking the waistband, we can take this same print inspiration into a more active feel.  Creating damask inspired printed leggings. This print is also using a damask weave style print. We were furtherRead More →

no factory response

At JLD-Studios we work to respond to all inquiries.  Though some days it just doesn’t happen.  Not receiving a factory response is one of the most common complaints we hear from new companies. We can’t speak for everyone, but here are some of the reasons our response times can lag. 1- Sheer volume of Inquiries This is not meant as a humble brag. US manufacturing inquiries are on the rise. Which is great! Flip side is, we have a lot of responses to send.gbwhatsapp apk It may take a couple of days for us to get back to you. Please keep in mind: – WeRead More →