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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →