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 →

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 →