How Treasure Box Kids Sources Sustainable, Quality Fabric
Every season, Treasure Box Kids sources materials from fabric shows across the U.S. Our visits are a crucial part of our outfit creation process, as 100 percent of the fabric used in our clothing is bought domestically. This tradition began when we started to manufacture our own clothing. Going to fabric shows not only gives us an up close and personal view of the materials for our lines, but more importantly allows us to scout out local vendors whose production standards line up with the ethics of our manufacturing process.
What Treasure Box Kids Keeps in Mind at Fabric Shows
Fabric comes first.
We craft an outfit around a pattern or texture, so the foundation of our designs is the material we use. An overall quality textile is what we look for, and if they are certified organic it adds big points.
The feel of a fabric is pivotal. We spend a lot of time making sure that the samples we consider would feel soft, comfortable and wearable
Additional qualities we keep in mind are the fabric’s care instructions, how much shrinkage to expect and its weight. Hard to find, unique trims that meet our standards are our goal, and we are often surprised with what we find on our journey.
At our last fashion show, we came across an Eco Twill fabric. This material combines organic cotton and recycled plastic, thus reducing landfill waste with its production. We were impressed with the supplier’s commitment to sustainability, and we are now actively stocking up.
Using renewable fabric is new to us, but is becoming a trend we hope to soon make timeless.
how the fabric feels and is constructed, made, dyed, how durable it is and how it feels
How Fabric Shows Fuel a Treasure Box Kids Passion
At a number of these shows, seminars on textile production are offered. We seize these opportunities to further educate ourselves and are often pleasantly surprised by the new information we find. Through these classes, we’ve learned new dying techniques, why certain types of threads are used for fabrics and many more bits of knowledge that we can then apply into our sourcing tactics.
Learning about these things only compliments our love for design. How fabric can shape an outfit by color, trim, and style is our driving inspiration in clothing creation. In our outfits, you’ll find a variety of color and textures because playing with the feel of clothes to help them reach their full potential is a Treasure Box Kids passion.
Previously we wrote about Velvet the Fabric of Nobility, now let us introduce you to the different types of velvet. To start, this fabric is woven on a special loom that weaves with the thickness of two materials at the same time. The two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate rolls. This complicated process meant that it was expensive to make before industrial power looms became available.
Different Types of Velvet:Crushed
This type is extremely lustrous and somewhat crushed. This type of velvet can be produced by pressing the fabric down in different directions. It can also be produced by mechanically twisting the fabric while wet. The result is patterned appearance that is very lustrous.
Types of Velvet:Lyons
A densely woven, stiff, heavier weight pile velvet used for hats, coat collars and garments. A densely woven, stiff, heavier weight pile velvet used for hats, coat collars, decorative pillows and garments.
Types of Velvet:Plain
Commonly made of cotton and has a plain weave on the backside of the fabric. This type of velvet has a firm hand and can be used for many purposes. It can be used for curtains, upholstery and carpeting. It can be printed on small motifs.
Striking and beautiful. Images are sunk into the pile of the velvet so that you get a textural as well as visual effect. A metal roller is used to heat stamp the fabric, producing a pattern. This different type of velvet is very cute and works well for girls dresses.
The Season For Different Types of Velvet
It’s that time of year when velvet starts making its triumphant comeback with holiday dresses for girls and ladies of all ages. The perfect way to make a grand entrance. Considered the fabric of the holidays anything from coats to stockings are made from velvet which gives that warm cozy feel to holiday festivities. Although it is heavily used during the holiday season, it is also great for year round events such as weddings, formal parties, birthday parties and for manufacturing apparel.
Historical background on Velvet
Traditionally, associated with nobility, dating back to the medieval era velvet was introduced to European nobility by Crusaders returning from the Middle East. This extravagant material became a symbol of wealth and power in Europe and was so favored by kings and queens. Although they are used in everyday clothing today different types of velvet are still celebrated for their beauty and elegance.
Previously we told you about Organza its care and uses now let us introduce you to the different types of Organza. Organza is perfect for luxurious party dresses. Often it is used to make tablecloths, light curtains, and formal dresses. Traditionally this fabric was made of silk and was very expensive. Today, many modern organza’s are woven with synthetic filament fibers such as polyester or nylon. This new synthetic fabric is more common and much less expensive. This fabric is incredibly soft and flowing, unlike other sheer fabrics like tulle, it has less stiffness. Multiple organza layers in a garment will permit a gentle sway.
Different Types of Organza: Crystal
Sheer and lightweight, this type of organza is the most common. It is made from either silk, polyester or nylon. Used for all types of specialty apparel including bridal.
Types of Organza: Mirror
Suitable for a variety of uses including garments and decorative purposes. Most colors are match-able with polyester poplin, taffeta, and satin fabrics. A very light weight fabric that is durable, comfortable and has a unique texture that adds a hint of shine.
Types of Organza: Sparkled
Brings shimmer to any garment. Also consider this for decorative purposes, such as table toppers, centerpieces, pew swags, and window scarves for parties. Sparkled Organza is wonderful to use for little girls dresses.
Types of Organza: Silk
Silk organza is woven by a number of mills along the Yangtze River and in the province of Zhejiang in China. It is the most expensive Organza and the most prized. This type of Organza must be dry cleaned. Organza is now being made from polyester and nylon to help ease cost.
Types of Organza: Embroidered
Embroidered Organza is Mirror or Crystal Organza that features embroidery on the material. The embroidery may include many different types of patterns and sequins and rhinestones may also be added when Organza is embroidered.
Different Types of Organza-Uses
Organza is incredibly soft and flowing. Unlike other sheer fabrics like tulle, it has little stiffness. While it will not add a lot of volume to a girl’s dress, multiple organza layers will gently sway with the dress. It is also used as an underlying to protect the delicate fabrics that are used in bridal dresses as well as commonly used for constructing in little girl’s dresses. The fabric can also be used for party decor, curtains, tablecloths, bags as well as many other applications. There are many different types of organza any many uses for this fabric.
Caring for Organza
Easy to care for fabric that most often can simply be thrown in the washing machine and hung to dry. Use the washing machine’s cool or warm setting and take care not to include anything else that could catch onto the fabric. When ironing make sure to keep the iron at a low heat to avoid burning. Some Organza fabric will however need dry cleaning. We hope that you have enjoyed learning about the Different Types of Organza.
Previously we talked about the Care and uses of Cotton in this post we will go in depth about the different types of cotton listed in that post, their care and common uses associated with them. To start this fabric is made from a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including The Americas, Africa, and India. Listed below are just a few variations of cotton.
Different Types of Cotton-Gingham
A lightweight, washable, sometimes sheer stout lightly woven fabric, that is woven in checks, plaids or stripes. Along with muslin, gingham is often used while designing fashions and very often is used to make children’s clothing.
Types of Cotton-Gauze
A sheer, lightly woven fabric similar to cheesecloth. It is also made in silk. Cotton gauze by the yard is popular for garments such as loose peasant tops and full skirts and dresses because it is comfortable. This fabric has also become popular with designers and new mothers because it is so comfortable.
Types of Cotton-Percale
A lightweight, closely woven, sturdy fabric that can be found printed in dark and light colors. Percale was originally imported from India in the 17th and 18th centuries, then manufactured in France.
Types of Cotton-Flannel
A plain or twill weave with a slight nap on one or both sides. May be used in all different types of traditional clothing such as trousers. Flannel may be brushed to create extra softness or remain in it’s original state. It is also known to have a shaggy look. Flannel is most often used for night apparel and for children’s clothing because it is so soft.
Types of Cotton-Seersucker
A lightweight cotton fabric crinkled into a lengthwise stripe.When seersucker was first introduced in the United States, it was used for a broad array of clothing items because it is comfortable, light weight and easily washed.
Different Types of Cotton-History of Cotton
Although it is unclear where cotton originates from, the largest producers are China and India with annual production anywhere from 27-34 billion bales a year. Most people don’t notice, but cotton is used to create many of the vital necessities of the world such as bed sheets, towels, robes, jeans and even the shirts on our backs. Regardless of the type of cotton itself, it is used in our everyday lives for many different purposes. In addition to the textile industry, cotton is used in fishing nests, coffee filters, tents and for bookbinding.
Check back soon for updates on fashion fabrics. We hoped that you enjoyed reading about the Different Types of Cotton.
Treasure Box Kids attended a Fall Fabric Show in the heart of Miami last month to source some of the best and highest quality fabrics around.
Many great vendors were on hand at the show displaying a vast amount of wonderful fabrics. I was on hand to look for soft velvets and other fabrics for the Treasure Box Kids new line of kids clothing Made in the USA Inspiration for the Fall 2015 holiday styles start with Treasure Box Kids sourcing materials.
Fall Fabric Show
We were also looking for new sequined and embroidered Organza fabrics for our Birthday Dresses as well as soft crepe linings for our girl’s dresses. High-quality Organza, Crepes, and Satins are very important when we design a girls dress for our Made in the USA line. We want the softest and most durable fabrics for our girl’s line of dresses. I was also impressed with the great assortment of quality cottons at the fall fabric show which gave us great inspiration for summer dresses for 2015 as well as for the Fall of 2015. The vendors gave us quite an education and an assortment of information on the manufacturing process of some of their fabrics. We were pleased to choose vendors that offer a vast assortment of quality fabrics.
Fall Fabric Show
When sourcing Treasure Box Kids looks to make sure that the fabrics we use are sourced ethically and that the materials used are compliant with the current Apparel and Household Textiles Compliance Requirements. That way you know that your child is wearing a garment that meets Treasure Box Kids quality as well as the US Governments safety requirements. A quality garment starts with a quality fabric and trims as well as a good design and fit. Quality fabric ensures a great fit and a garment that will stand up to multiple laundries.
Count on Treasure Box Kids to attend next years Fall Fabric Show in Miami and New York to source the newest, highest quality fabrics.