JLD-Studios Holiday

From all of us at JLD we’d like to wish you a very happy holiday season! To make it even brighter- we’re offering 20% off our entire print collection. This Holiday Print Sale starts now and goes through the end of December. All online print purchases will be discounted. Have you signed up to view our online print collection? If not, registration is easy! Click here to get started. Once online we have two ways to shop. EXCLUSIVE DESIGNSThese prints are only sold once and all rights are transferred to the buyer. All available colorways are included in the package. NON-EXCLUSIVE DESIGNSPrints in this collectionRead 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 see if you can guess knit or woven. Maybe this will help with your education.  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.  Some you’ll easily be able to find in your closet. Knit fabrics are interlacedRead More →

Making the Cut

Have you started watching Making the Cut? While the format is nothing new, we were stoked about the addition of seamstresses. The ability of a designer to translate their ideas to a seamstress is an important skill set. Did you notice this is the only communication they have? The entire garment failed or succeeded based on the information included in the designers tech packs. While speaking with the contestants, the judges highlighted the importance of being able to sell your brand. They also celebrated a quick save when a garment had to be scraped. We’d like to highlight the fact that you could play aRead More →

get shit done

Get Shit Done. This has been our motto since day one and continues to be a guiding principle. The last 2ish years have been an interesting roller coaster. While we’re not out the other side yet, we’re continuing to do our part to stay positive and create the products that make you happy. This post was originally written when we didn’t know what the future held in store. We’ve kept some exerts from that time below. But plan to continue to update here with all the shit we’re getting done. 9/1/2021 UpdateStarted offering health insurance to all full-time employees. 4/20/2021 Update Added an additional SewingRead More →

flamingo print design

If you follow us on Instagram, you already know how this story goes. A girl goes to the nail salon for a fresh mani pedi, gets some simple nail art, and a few hours later is inspired to create a print design. View this post on Instagram A post shared by JLD-Studios (@jld_studios) on Feb 18, 2020 at 9:27am PST We love this story as it shows you never know how or where inspiration will strike. Of course this print design didn’t start with the results you see. Some creative brain spiraling through Florida, diner seats, and neon signs. Flash on flamingos and pop! ARead More →

2021 print trends

Looking immediately ahead we’re excited for Spring to blossom and hopefully tamp down this virus. But in fashion, we must look much further ahead, to the bright and sunny Spring and Summer of 2021. Today we’re diving into the print trends we expect to see flourish. We might be showing you tiny snapshots here, but Go Big or Go Home is the top take away for next Spring. Once the sun comes out, it should be shining off the biggest boldest prints you’ve seen in a decade. See something you like? Send us an email and arrange a virtual showing of the collection. This isRead 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 →

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. This is just a hint of what we’ll have to show for textile prints at Premiere Vision New York. Stop by and see us in booth i8 to see the full collection.Read 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 →