Textile and print design can take on many forms. One of the most common is repeating patterns. This can also be called a seamless design. In it’s simplest form, it’s a motif that can be repeated vertically and horizontally, forever, without a break in the design. Repeating patterns can be seen in everything from leggings to wallpaper. The key factor to consider when designing into this format is how your design will look once repeated out. If the fabric will be cut into multiple small pieces, the seam may not be an issue. But in larger formats, hiding the seam creates a much more fluidRead More →

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 →

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 →

Inspiration comes from many different places. This year, we want to share some of the things that inspire us to you. Here are our top 10 Blogs and Instagrams every designer should follow. 1. Maker’s Row Maker’s Row is an online marketplace that connects American manufacturers with small, medium-sized businesses. Not only are they a great resource to find local manufacturers, they also provide great content on industry news ranging from fashion, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and much more. 2. The Bussiness of Fashion (BoF) We cannot create a post about top 10 Blogs and Instagrams every designer should follow without mentioning The Business of Fashion (B0F). BoF isRead More →

When finding the right fit for your leggings, it is important to find the size, fabric and most of all the fit for your body. This makes all of the difference between having a pair of leggings ride up or digging into your waist. Leggings Styles Compression Leggings Compression leggings are great for intense activities like running, kickboxing, or just being the bad-a** woman that you are. It is said that they improve sporting performance, and reduce muscle recovery time. Keep in mind that these leggings are a tighter fit than the usual leggings. Athleisure Leggings Fitted leggings have light compression and usually with wide, flatRead More →

At JLD-Studios, we live and breathe leggings, especially printed leggings. Today, we are here to break down some of the easiest ways to style printed leggings. Here is to wearing leggings that go beyond plain black… 1. Pair with Solids: Prints and solids can balance each other. Let your bold leggings style be the center of attention by wearing a solid color top. 2. Color Inspiration from the Print: To create a cohesive look, it is great to incorporate some of the colors from your printed leggings into your outfit. Don’t be afraid of color and mix and matching your prints. 3. Dress it Up: Style printed leggings withRead More →

We often receive multiple inquiries, comments, and sometimes confusion on what exactly is a pattern. There are two terms that are generally used in the apparel manufacturing industry in regards to patterns. First, patterns, or garment patterns, can be a template from which parts of a garment are traced onto fabric before cutting and assembling. Garment patterns are used in the designing and production process to ensure that the fit of the garment is to the designer’s liking. While a tech pack is a blue print, the garment pattern is the cutting template.   Tip: “Keep in mind that when costs are involved in making aRead More →

Who We Are     We are a team of creative and passionate women that work with small emerging brands to make their dreams come true. From our designers to our sewers, we understand the development process from concept to execution. Since the day we started our foundation was built on a commitment to customers in quality, speed, and communication. We are also proud to be part of a growing network of US manufacturers and bringing jobs back to the USA!   What We Do Have you ever dreamed of creating your own Leggings collection? Then you found the perfect place. We live and breathe leggingsRead More →

Starting a business can be a daunting task, not to mention finding the right manufacturer for your products. There are so many resources online that can help you find your perfect match but it can be challenging. Here are some of our tips to help you select a manufacturer for your business.   Overseas v. Domestic Manufacturing We strongly believe in supporting domestic manufacturing in the USA (if you’re curious to learn more about them, watch some of our favorite documentaries here). Domestic manufacturing has so many advantages such as higher manufacturing quality, no import duties or tariffs, and faster shipping time. Not to mentionRead More →