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 →

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 →