CheyAnne officially launched Shine Athleisure about 1 year ago. Her first production order was for 100 black leggings. Since then they’ve added 2 more legging colorways, a sports bra, a tank top, and… something new currently in the works. Keep reading to learn more about how she’s built this Athleisure business. Describe your brand in one sentence: Shine Athleisure provides top of the line, high quality products, at a lower price point. What inspired you to start Shine Athleisure? I have always loved workout clothes and been an active person. When I was younger I would buy from Nike and Under Armor a lot. AsRead More →

activewear fabric sourcing

After the design of a garment, the next piece we must consider is the fabric. Today we’ll dive into the process of sourcing activewear material. We start this development as early as possible, since the characteristics of the fabric will have a large impact on the fit and execution of the design. It’s also a lot of work! How material is sourced depends on what stage of production you are at. At JLD we offer small MOQ’s starting at just 24 pieces. For an order this size, we need to work with materials already on the market. Versus a 5000 piece order where we haveRead More →

Barbiecore Activewear Sets

Barbiecore is everywhere!! Activewear is the perfect avenue to embrace the trend. Have some fun with a mini collection geared toward our favorite fashionista. Today we’re offering 3 Barbiecore Activewear Sets you can purchase wholesale for your brand. Act quickly! Limited material available. Basically inspired by Barbie herself, blue & white checks love a hot pink combo platter. All sets feature a high waisted bike short and racer back sports bra. Barbie not included 😉 For a sugary look, this sweet & subtle print is accented with magenta waistband. Customers get more style with their fundage- we made this sportsbra reversible to match the waistband.Read More →

This month we participated in not 1, but 2 (virtual) print shows. For those that attended, check your email for a special offer. For everyone else- here are our take-aways from the shows in geometric, floral, and folk print design trends. GEOMETRIC PRINTS Geometrics are always a staple of print design trends. This season static patterns turn toward movement while clean lines take on a hand drawn feeling. Irregular shapes and line-work become less strict, leading into abstract and surreal productions. FLORAL DESIGNS Sweet and dramatic blooms with a near vintage feel are key for 2023. For color, softer tones contrast with strong, saturated huesRead More →

maybabes patent pending leggings

We’re picking back up our Women In Business series with May Babes founder Emily who has created a new kind of supportive legging. Her patent pending leggings design is currently available in Everyday and Maternity silhouettes with an Equestrian style coming soon!! Keep reading to learn more about what inspired Emily and keeps her focused on these functional, innovative leggings for bodies in motion. As legging connoisseurs ourselves, we want to know- What is your favorite thing about leggings?  The right pair of leggings can be worn anywhere, and with anything. I love that if you wear leggings you can be as active as youRead More →

Feeling limited by available printing techniques? We use sublimation printing in our studio. While it does require polyester fabric- that’s one of the few limitations. The material can be blended with cotton, spandex, or a host of other fibers. The ink will bond to the polyester fiber. This process also allows us to print on textured fabrics, through water-repellent treatments, and even on pre-dyed cloth. These designs were printed on a blend of polyester and cotton apparent in a slub knit. The print on textured fabrics ads depth to both the stripe design & floral pattern in very individual ways. This blended technique renders aRead More →

In a few days Pantone will be announcing it’s highly anticipated 2022 color of the year.  [UPDATE: VERY PERI 17-3938].   While we impatiently await this update, we thought we’d share another fun item from them – Pantone Sticker Chips. While pantone is one of the most universally followed color standards, not everyone is in a position to own the (ever updating) color books.  In comes this fascinating sticker page. An affordable way to review your color choices and share the palette with your entire network.  Whether it’s your garment manufacturer, screenprinter, or sign company.  These chips will help make sure everyone is on the sameRead More →

Sewing binding on activewear

A “simple” project is rarely as simple as it seems for a sewing factory to produce profitably- for the shop or the client.  Most manufacturers have a specialty, something they do REALLY WELL.  For us, that’s leggings.   Over the years we’ve been able to expand this offering to other products with similar materials and construction.  How do we decide what’s right for our factory?  We start with the following questions: What’s the MATERIAL? We primarily work with knit fabrics, prefer synthetics, and avoid lightweight and loose knit materials.  – Our team members are wizards at sewing knits thanks to years of practice focused on continuousRead More →

Runway Tie Dye Dress

Tie Dye quickly became a Covid pastime and brands wasted no time jumping on the trend. It was likely an easy solution to the piles of pre-made garments and greige goods not expected to sell during a pandemic. But sell they did and Tie Dye Prints are everywhere!! No- we don’t expect this to be a fleeting trend. Though for trends like tie dye to put down roots, it needs a few good spinoffs. Today we’d like to explore beyond tie dye and share some prints from our collection to help pull together yours. Think past your home-made rendition and learn how to amplify thisRead More →

CIRCULAR KNITTING MACHINE

Our simplest explanation, leggings are knit (and stretchy) – dress shirts are woven (and not).  Primarily we sew with knit fabrics, so it’s one of the first questions we’ll ask new clients with a non-legging project.  The fabric is a key factor in any sewn product, so let’s learn more about the differences. Woven fabrics are made on a loom with a warp (vertical) and weft (horizontal) thread.  How the threads are intertwined, or woven, depends on the type of fabric.  They do not have much stretch because of the tightness of the yarns in the fabric. Woven fabrics are often used in apparel productionRead More →