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.
What’s In: Kids Fashion Trends for Spring 2018
Get excited, kids fashion trends are being taken straight from the big kid runway. It doesn’t matter if you still have a bedtime or if you’re the one making that bedtime; if you’re fashionably inclined, you know how important it is to stay up to date with the times. Lucky for us, this year’s selection is more than just florals. We’ve been served trends and colors that are bold, bright, and full of expression.
To find this season’s most noteworthy trends, we’ve combined our own fashion knowledge with some words straight from the pro’s themselves: Pantone, Fashion Snoops, and Earnshaw’s. To read more about color trends and this year’s thematic palette, check out our post on the 2018 Color of The Year: Ultra Violet.
The Colors in Kids Fashion Trends
Pantone is a leading expert in color trends, and they’ve released a spring report highlighting the top colors shown at New York Fashion Week. This year’s line up shows that designers are in-tune with the need to show more color, and we see that in the top-12 spring color lineup. Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites:
Meadowlark – Pantone 13-0646
A confident, bright yellow. Yellow is purple’s complementary color, so its feature is linked to this year’s color of the year, Ultra Violet.
Cherry Tomato – Pantone 17-1563
A bold, orangey red.
Little Boy Blue – Pantone 16-4132
Serene as the clear blue sky
– Pantone 16-5533
A Cooler, cleaner take on green.
Although these are only our fav, this spring’s palette is an open door to dramatic color mixing in kids fashion trends.
Prints and Fabrics: Kids Fashion Trends for Almost Any Spring Occasion
Now that we’ve had a taste of the season’s colors, let’s dive into the looks and textures our palettes are comprising. Fashion Snoops and UBM Fashion feature a dazzling selection of kids ensembles and weather-appropriate apparel that we’re rushing to add to our mood boards. From chic safari to a gardening in The Hamptons, they’ve lined up looks that will have a place in almost any kid-friendly occasion.
Yes, we said to expect more than florals, but the season of new beginnings can never be complete without some blossoming. Still staying true to individuality, pattern mixing and kitschy details are embroidering our kid’s clothes dreams.
Florals, fruits, and gingham styles never fail. Pairing them up with classic ruffles, tulle, or even lace detailing will add to the aww-factor.
Taking a step south, we’re getting ready for the heat. Hot summer nights don’t necessarily always stay in the summer, as we Florida folks know all too well. Whether it’s for a desert sunset or an Everglades sunset, we know the importance of a good tailoring.
Find twill, beaded trims and light knitwear where the sun keeps shining, and happily embrace the comfort of a vibrantly earthy tone.
Now, we can’t talk about blooming without talking overalls. This time, take a step back and retreat into the forest. Know nature, know a good, breathable linen. Even bring back the smock dress! You know your little girl would look adorable in it.
Keep your eyes out for cotton, basket weave, and twill. Think arts and crafts camp.
Accessories in kids fashion trends
As if we hadn’t already stressed self-expression enough, we’re ending this season’s trend list with a shout-out to Earnshaw’s Magazine and an homage to the holy grail: Accessories.
According to the publication, a unique jewelry set or a fun, pop-of-color handbag can wrap up any outfit, so it’s no surprise that finding these classic staples in a new shape or material is what’s we’re embracing. Try a holographic fabric, perhaps some metallic denim and even grab that unicorn-shaped backpack for a bold look that will rule the school and make it known that you’re up to date with kids fashion trends.
“What’s in: Kids Fashion Trends for Spring 2018” features images taken from Pantone, UBM Fashion Inc., and Earnshaw’s Magazine.
Different Types of Velvet
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.
Different Types of Organza
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.
Different Types of Satin
Recently we told you all about Satin its care and uses and how it is the fabric of royalty, well now let us introduce you to all the different types of satin. Prized for centuries this fabric has been thought of as the most luscious fabric in existence. Smooth and silky, in many places this fabric represents royalty. Below we explain some of the many variations of satin.
Different Types of Satin: Antique
Commonly woven from rayon and acetate using various colors and yarn thicknesses. This gives antique satin fabric a textured feel and iridescent appearance. This type of satin is mainly used as a decorative fabric primarily for draperies. Unlike wedding satin with the shiny weave visible, antique satin is made of small textures on the surface.
Types of Satin: Charmuse
Charmuse can often withstand machine washing, but it does not breath as well as silk satin. Charmeuse has traditionally been a popular fabric for women’s clothing. Today, it is commonly found in wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses. Generally made of silk, rayon or polyester, this fabric has a shiny face and dull back.
Types of Satin: Crepe Back
One side of the fabric is silk while the other is crepe making the appearance of the fabric either shiny or dull. Can be used in specialty outfits such as wedding dresses, party dresses and sometimes even in lingerie. A reversible fabric which can either be used on the satin or crepe side.
Types of Satin: Silk
The most luxurious of all satin’s are silk. This fabric is light weight, very shimmery and is breathable making it ideal for sleep wear. Silk satin is the most traditional and most coveted satin today.
Types of Satin: Stretched Satin
Stretched Satin is the same as ordinary satin fabric expect with an additional 5% spandex added. This type of satin carries the same uses as regular satin although it incorporates a form fitting look to the garment. Can be used in the making of pants, sports apparel and dresses.
Different Types of Satin-Uses for Satin
Satin fabric is commonly used in many different aspects of every day life such as baseball jackets, athletic shorts, women’s lingerie, nightgowns, blouses and evening gowns. The fabric is also used in Men’s boxer shorts, briefs, shirts and neckties. A interesting use is in the production of pointy shoes for ballet. Other uses include interior furnishing, fabrics, upholstery and bed sheets.
Dating back to the Middle Ages where it originated in China, satin was made of silk; consequently it was very expensive, used only by the upper classes. Satin became famous in Europe during the twelfth century and has prospered since. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the different types of satin.
Different Types of Cotton
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.