Finding ethical clothing-apparel produced according to fair labor standards-can be difficult but not impossible anymore. Quick fashion has led to cheap clothing and unfair and unsafe practices within overseas apparel manufacturing for the last several decades.
The tide is switching to produce more apparel domestically with fair labor standards or to produce overseas with Fair trade labeling. According to Earnshaws (a Children’s Clothing Industry Magazine) Sixty-Eight percent of those surveyed felt that US products were preferable-regardless of price and 63% felt the quality was better.
Why Ethical Apparel Manufacturing
Treasure Box Kids has sold imported name brand clothing for seven years as Treasure Box Kids. Throughout that time we have seen the quality of apparel construction as well as the quality of the fabrics diminish.
This has been an increasing problem to us and as a result Treasure Box Kids decided to make a change. We decided to manufacture our own brand of Children’s Clothing made here in America. We are sourcing ethically the materials and trims and we are looking to source in the United States whenever we can for our materials.
All of our manufacturing is being done right here in Central Florida with ethical standards. We are choosing the finest materials and trims for our line.
Ever wonder what is the fabric of your special occasion dress? There is a great chance it might be Shantung. Most people probably have never heard of the fabric but it is used in many formal wear items due to its heavy weight and durable construction. The fabric is most often nubby in texture. It is sometimes mistaken for Dupioni but has a more matte finish, less nubby than Dupioni. Although the two are very similar, if you prefer a smoother fabric you should choose Shantung for your dresses versus Dupioni. There are many different commercially sold variations of this fabric and listed below are just a few. Follow our series on fabric types by reading Satin the Fabric of Royalty
Taffeta: This is a polyester material from which the natural gum is not removed after weaving. It has the crispness of a Taffeta that is no made from Shantung.
Nylon: Made with Nylon with a Nylon filament warp and a spun nylon yarn in the filling. This fabric has a peculiar type of stiffness.
Rayon: Made with a filament acetate yarn in the warp and spun rayon in the filling.
Changeable: The warp yarns are dyed one color, the filing yarns another. Sometimes the slub filing is dyed several colors. Creates a changeable color surfaces.
Figure Weaves: A design that may be woven fabric to produce a figure on a shantung background.
As mentioned before shantung be used in many formal pieces of attire such as Men’s suits and jackets, and any thing from Women’s formal Wedding Dresses to Girls Flower Girl Dresses. Another good use for Shantung is for draperies due to its visible sheen.
Properties and History
Shantung is named for the part of China from which it originates. Dupioni is named for the part of Italy that the fabric originated.. Both are traditionally made from silk, but cotton or any synthetic fibers such as polyester is now commonly used in production of the fabrics. We hope that you enjoyed this article about Shantung.
Our Blue Gingham Ladybug Dress is made from Blue and White 100% cotton Gingham fabric. Our cotton is a high-grade cotton that will stand up against shrinkage and color fading when laundered. This girls dress is fully machine washable and should be dried in the machine drier on a low setting. The dress closes in the back with a zippered closure.
This girls dress is available in girls sizes 2-6 and is perfect for school pictures or summer parties. The waistband is embroidered with adorable ladybugs and flowers and finishes in the back with a large white bow. We featured a cute red daisy trim on the hemline of this dress.
Blue Gingham Ladybug Dress
Treasure Box Kids new line of Children’s clothing is made of high-quality materials and workmanship. She will look adorable in this gingham ladybug dress. This ladybug dress will be a dress that you cherish as an heirloom piece for your collection.
Our Ladybug Dress is made here in the USA by Treasure Box Kids. Treasure box Kids is proud to announce the first girls dress from our new collection. Our new collection from Treasure Box Kids is being made ethically right here in the USA! To learn more about our new line read our post Treasure Box Kids-New Line of Kid’s Clothing Made in the USA.
Red and White Ladybug Dress
Ladybug Dress-Made in the USA
Our red and White Ladybug Dress is made from red and white 100% cotton fabric. Our cotton is a high grade cotton that will stand up against shrinkage and color fading when laundered. This girls dress is fully machine washable and should be dried in the drier on a low setting. The dress closes in the back with a zippered closure.
This dress is available in girls sizes 2-6 and is perfect for school pictures or summer parties. The waistband is embroidered with five adorable ladybugs and finishes in the back with a large white bow. So cute is the white daisy trim on the hemline of the dress.
See for yourself the high quality of this and all the Treasure Box Kids apparel in our new line. This adorable ladybug dress is sure to turn heads this summer and be an outfit to keep as an heirloom piece for your collection.
Smooth and slick and in many places represents royalty. Prized for centuries this fabric has been thought of as the most luscious fabric in existence. Typically the weave of satin has a glossy surface and a dull back. This fabric weave is characterized by four or more cool fill or weft yarns floating over a wrap yarn or vice versa, four warp yarns floating over a single weft yarn. Floats are missed inter-facings, where the warp yarn lies on top of the weft in a warp-faced satin and where the weft yarn lies on top of the warp yarns in weft-faced satin’s. These floats explain the even sheen, as unlike in other weaves, the light reflecting is not scattered as much by the fibers, which have fewer tucks.
Uses for Satin
This fabric is commonly used in apparel: satin baseball jackets, athletic shorts, women’s lingerie, nightgowns, blouses, and evening gowns, but also in some men’s boxer shorts, briefs, shirts and neckties. It is also used in the production of pointy shoes for use in ballet. Other uses include interior furnishing fabrics, upholstery, and bed sheets.
Not all satins are trues satins
To be considered a true satin, a fabric must be woven in a very specific manner. The material must have at least four threads brought to the surface of the fabric to “float” over a single thread running perpendicularly to them. The threads on the top are called warp strands, which run vertically, while the one on the bottom is called a weft strand, which runs horizontally. This process is called floating, and allows large portions of thread to reflect light, which makes the fabric shiny and glossy on one side. Some types, called double-faced satins, are made to be shiny on both sides by using two sets of warp strands.
Types of Satin
Antique: commonly woven from rayon and acetate with various colors and yarn thicknesses giving of a textured feel and iridescent appearance.
Charmuse: cheaper and can often withstand machine washing, but it does not breathe as well as silk
Crepeback: one side of the fabric is silk while the other is crepe making the appearance of the fabric either shiny or dull
Silk:the most luxurious of all satins is light weight very shimmery and is breathable, making it ideal for sleep wear
Stretched Satin:the same as ordinary fabric \expect with a additional 5% spandex
A product of rayon and nylon, velvet is woven in such a way as to create tiny, densely-packed fibers that stand up from the back of the cloth. Having a finish that drapes well, making it a better choice for formal wear, cotton velvet is a sturdier choice for day wear. Type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are very evenly distributed, with a short dense pile giving it a distinctly smooth feel.
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 it is used in everyday clothing today it is still known for its beauty and elegance.
The Season For 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 coated with it to give 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, get together’s and birthday parties.
A heavy durable fabric with a strong sheen. Its characteristics depend on the type of material that has been used to manufacture it. Silk has a soft drape and shimmering surface, while synthetic velvet’s have a strong sheen but do not tend to drape as well.
Embossed: A metal roller is used to heat stamp the fabric, producing a pattern
Hammered: This type is extremely lustrous, appears dappled, and somewhat crushed
Lyons: A densely woven, stiff, heavier weight pile velvet used for hats, coat collars and garments.
Plain: Commonly made of cotton, this type of velvet has a firm hand and can be used for many purposes
Knit and fine velvet with plain weave, must be dry cleaned. Others, such as crushed velvet, can be machine washed. When in doubt, take your special clothing, such as a velvet dress or velvet jacket, to a professional dry cleaner. Now that you have read about velvet its properties and uses learn more about cotton.