Fabrics are integral to our lives. They are practical! We keep warm in them, sleep in them, dry with them, clean with them and some of us even hang from them! (aerialist in da house ;) We also express ourselves with them!
However, fabrics have a hefty cost to our environment. Greenpeace reports that the average person buys 60% more clothes and keeps them for half as long as they did 15 years ago. With that in mind, what are the best types of fabrics for us to use?
Fabrics are made of thread-like filaments. They are weaved together using different techniques and this creates different textures. This is how silk can be satin, shantung, dupioni or knit. The fiber is silk, the fabric is satin. You can have satin made with other types of fiber, like polyester or even cotton (cotton satin is called Sateen).
Not all fabrics are created equal, so here is a little information on the best types of fabrics for your skin and the environment. The very best fabrics for everyday wear are made of natural fibers. Natural fibers are produced from plants, animals and geological processes. Examples of natural fibers are cotton, wool, silk, hemp, jute, bamboo, and linen. These fabrics breathe beautifully and help regulate your body temperature. You can find natural fabrics for any occasion; casual, business and formal wear. Organic natural fibers might take 1 month to 5 years to decompose.
Fibers that are made in a lab with chemical synthesis are made from synthesized polymers of small molecules and are called Synthetic Fibers. The compounds that are used to make these fibers come from raw materials such as petroleum-based chemicals or petrochemicals. That essentially means that they are basically plastic. Synthetic fabrics like polyester, spandex, and nylon will eventually break down but may take between 20 and 600 years to happen. Also, they have higher methane emissions in the process. Yikes!
There is a place for synthetics in our lives. Synthetic fibers often have the same look as natural fibers and are much cheaper to produce. There is a debate on whether upcycled plastic fibers are “really a good thing” but I believe that anything that can provide new life to discarded items is positive. Also, we recommend recycling clothes so that they can be used as many times as possible.
Formal gowns are worn on limited occasions, are usually dry cleaned, and limit microplastics from entering water sources. Our polyester is sustainably made in Taiwan and is composed of 50% upcycled water bottles. Our fabric manufacturer is focused on the welfare of its employees, members of the supply chain, and the public, and are committed to creating an equal and safe work environment. The company uses solar power as part of its production process and closed water circuits to reduce water pollution. You can read more about them here.
We will work to become as sustainable as possible as we grow, we hope you are excited as we are to have a positive impact on our community and the world we live in!
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The key to good fit is to look for the widest measurement of your body and match the measurement to the size using the size chart below. For your top, the widest measurement is almost always the breasts. For the bottoms, the widest measurement is the hip. See the image below for more information on these measurements.
*Measured in inches.
The best way to measure is with a sewing measuring tape. These are flexible, inexpensive, readily available, and easy to use. Wear a form-fitting tank top and leggings when you measure your body. We also suggest asking for help. The tape measurer should be as parallel to the floor as possible all the way around the body, which is hard to do all by ourselves. A friend is also super useful to measure the dress hem length for any customization. I want to reiterate that it is extremely important that you have the right height shoes on when measuring for length. We can talk about this further during our Touch Base call if you make a purchase.
Wear the bra that you will be wearing with the dress. We remind you that our dresses have build-in bra cups so we suggest something with a little padding in order to maintain the measurement true to size. Measure across the fullest part of the bust.
Bend to one side. Wherever the crease forms, that is your natural waist. Pull the tape across the narrowest part and measure.
Stand straight and look forward. Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips (or rear) and measure.