Fast Fashion is producing clothing from the most recent fashion runway trends using sweat shops and unethical labors. Since clothing so rapidly becomes unfashionable and “not wearable” people end up with a lot of unwanted clothing. Instead of recycling their unwanted garments, it is not unusual for people to throw them away in the trash instead of recycling. To read about how Treasure Box Kids will manufacturer please read our post All About Treasure Box Kids. On average, about 65 pounds of clothing and textiles a year per person are improperly discarded, and “only an eighth of that goes to charities for reuse. The wasted clothing ends up in landfills where it stays and pollutes the ground and water. Cotton crops and textiles are gulping up 70 million tons of water allowing the continued use of pesticides to thrive.
Fast Fashion-How it effects the worker
The fast trends are designed and manufactured quickly and cheaply by sweat shops to allow the mainstream consumer to buy current clothing styles at a lower price. Shoppers have become accustom to buying stylish products at low rates. Our rapid demands for constant products turns puts workers’ lives at risk. Big Fast fashion chains have been found to out source to factories that employee child laborers under unethical conditions to produce their fast paced clothing needs. An $18 billion industry has sprung up, marked by factories in buildings with poor electrical wiring, an insufficient number of exits, and little firefighting equipment. This recently happened in a developing nation Bangladesh, which suffered two fatal garment factory fires recently. All in an effort to cut production costs so that you can buy cheap.
Fast Fashion-How it effects the consumer
Consumers have been brain washed to think that clothing must be cheap to be worth its purchase. While in reality retailers are able to provide such low prices on clothes due to their little to nothing production costs and inferior construction. Shoppers are buying substandard clothing pieces every few weeks only to be forced to throw them out within a year due to lack of quality.
Fast Fashion-How to combat it
Be Aware- Research the companies in which you shop and where they choose to manufacture their products. The Fast Fashion problem will certainly continue into the future unless an enormous change is made in the minds and attitudes of consumers. Know where your clothing is made and how it is made. Choose to have fewer, quality pieces of clothing rather than a larger assortment low quality clothing. Think to purchase vintage. The fabrics are great and the construction is better. Look to purchase made in the USA garments or garments that are imported but well made under ethical manufacturing guidelines. Together we can all put an end to Fast Fashion.
Most people wonder, How do I measure my child accurately for clothing. In this post we will discuss how to measure your child for clothing so that you purchase the correct size for your child. Determining how to measure your child is easy if you follow these guidelines.
How to Measure Your Child in Just a Few Steps:
Chest: To measure the chest of the child place the tape measure underneath the child’s arm and across the chest or breastbone and measure leaving a two finger gap for room to move in the garment. This will be the chest measurement
Waist: To get a accurate waist measurement measure with the tape measure and place it slightly loose around the child’s waistline. Start to measure just above the belly button. Make sure to add two fingers room for movement in the garment
Hips: Correctly measure the hips by taking a tape measure and placing it around the child’s hips and buttocks. Make sure to add two fingers amount of room to the measurement
Length of Dress for a girl: The first thing you will need to determine is what length of a dress you are purchasing. If it is to the knee, tea length or floor length. Start by measuring with a tape measure from the top of the shoulders to the knee, mid calf or ankle for a floor length
Arm Length: Measure the length of the child’s arm by using a tape measure and measure from the top of the shoulder down to the elbow or all the way down to the wrist if the outfit is long sleeved.
How to Measure Your Child: Watch a video!
Watch this video made from the company M& S that shows how to measure a child. It will give you a good visual of some of the measuring instruction that we have shared. Video on How to Measure Your Child We hope that this has been helpful in determining how to measure your child for clothing.
Treasure Box Kids is a Online Store that specializes in clothing that is made ethically. We design and manufacture a Children’s Clothing line, Made in the USA. The online store located at www.treasureboxkids.com features the Treasure Box Kids brand as well as other brands made in the USA or imported, that are ethically produced with quality workmanship. To view one of our styles and see the workmanship visit our post about our Red and White Polka Dot Ladybug DressTreasure Box Kids features adorable Heirloom Quality Children’s Clothing at our online store that will make memories for you and your child. Our new line, Treasure Box Kids USA by Carolyn Bailey debuts on 5/15/2015. We are using only quality material and workmanship to ensure that your child is well dressed and comfortable, while being stylish. Our goal is to produce the highest quality garments that will be passed down from generation to generation, the way clothing used to be before Fast Fashion came about in the 1990’s.
Treasure Box Kids History:
Treasure Box Kids began in 2006 selling new and used clothing on Ebay. In late 2006 Treasure Box Kids became a merchant on Amazon and began to sell Name Brand Children’s Clothing exclusively on Amazon. In 2008, Treasureboxkids.com was launched. As time went by we noticed a decline in the quality of the fabric and workmanship on some of the name brands we carried. As this increased over time we decided that the only way to stop this from happening in our store was to offer a brand that was manufactured ethically and cared about the fabrics and workmanship that went into a garment.
Treasure Box Kids Future Direction
In our online store www.treasureboxkids.com we carry only ethically manufactured brands with an emphasis on brands that are made in the United States by designers and manufacturers that care about the quality of the apparel. We are also embarking on a new adventure by partnering with Fashion Hope and the Nari Alliance in Nepal. Our designer, Carolyn Bailey is working with the Nari Alliance to design a line of children’s clothing that helps victims of Human Trafficking. This line will debut fully this fall and be available on line at our Web Site, Amazon, Sears and Overstock.com.
This line will be ethically manufactured and produced with the highest standards for fabric quality and workmanship. Both girls and boys styles will be available. Stay tuned for further updates as this line progresses. We currently are having the first style produced for us and we will be offering a full line in time for Christmas. Stay Tuned. Treasure Box Kids is proud to be able to help victims of human trafficking with this new line.
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.
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.
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.