Damn you cheap polyester clothes! You know the feeling when…
- You sweat uncomfortably and the sweat just keep on dripping down your body and no matter how hard you fan yourself by grabbing onto your blouse and shake it repetitively … the sweat just keep on going?
- You wear a top in the summer and you’re dying from the heat but then again when u wear it during winter you’re dying from the cold? It feels like your skin is hating on you coz you purposely give them no room to breathe.
- Your clothes stink? Embarrassingly, you still smell like a Christmas roasted turkey from two years ago, or rendang daging from last Eid.
- The clothes magically change color especially around the collar and sometimes shrink as though you grow a little bit taller (false hope, everytime)?
Well, I don’t need to describe anything else - I know you know how it feels wearing cheap clothes made from cheap plastic-y fabric. We all have been there where we thought:
- “Oh, this top looks similar to that and it is wayyyyyy cheaper dude”
- “Why must I pay this much for a top when I can get a lot more cheaper somewhere else”
- “Eeek…too expensive!”
- “It’s just clothes, not worth the price”
Okay, lets do the math here (Isk…I hate numbers).
For example, lets say shirt A cost you like $20, and shirt B cost you three times more (and that will be ermmm... $60? Yes okay $60).
Life span for shirt A: 2 months (lets be honest, the color and its shape will differ after 3 washes okayyy).
Life span for shirt B: 12 months or even more (yeah…true story)
Therefore, you need to buy 6 pieces of shirt A to last you for a year and that will cost you $120 which is two times more than shirt B. So at the end of the day, you actually save more by spending a little bit more on good quality clothes. With that being said, you need to also know that sometimes there are clothes that are priced on the higher side but are made with cheap and low quality fabric too (and don’t get me started on the non-ethical manufacturing thingy). Hence, you need to know how to look for quality when you’re shopping and not just the material but how they’re sewn too – let me know if you want me to do a post on this.
Okay, enough with cheap poly, now, I’d like to share with you the materials that I personally like and actually used for our 3.0 collection (that will be launched soon, yeay!).
The thought process begins with an inspiration – usually with one random picture that’s abstract with a lot of different textures and layers. Here’s one of the inspiration images for materials used in 3.0 collection:
When I source for fabrics, before I go for fabric hunting, I already have a list of the characteristics that a fabric must have for each design. After a couple of collections, I know better now that during fabric hunting, you might not get the right color, shade and weight for the type of fabric that you want. So you gotta be prepared for second and third options but most importantly, when hunting, hunt for the characteristic of the fabric – the weight and texture so that it gives life to your design, drapes beautifully and feels luxurious or snuggly.
1) Feel different fabric swatches and when you find one that you like, ask if they have bigger piece for you to see if it drapes well or not and whether or not it matches your preferences.
2) Always go fabric sourcing with open mind – It’s okay to change your initial ideas for the material but ensure that you have your list with you so that you don’t buy fabric that you don’t need and that won’t work for your design.
For 3.0, I knew I wanted:
- Medium weight cotton, which have structure to it but is not stiff.
- Linen, which instantly gives you the holiday mood, very breezy, and drapes well but also when cut and sewn right can create structure.
- Silk blend, which have the luxurious feel to it that will balance out the rest of fabrics that are more relax and casual.
And these are the fabrics that I got:
It’s our signature to always have at least one piece of your-not-so-average-white-shirt in the collection. As always, I make extra effort to find a white fabric that is in premium quality and with the right shade and texture. It took a while to source the fabric for this piece. I finally found this dual-finished (it has both matte and shine finishing in one) white fabric. The finishing gives the material a luxe look especially when it captures the light but casual enough to wear it daily. It drapes beautifully and holds the structure well.
Something airy, cooling and soft. These are the characteristics that are essential during summer and also in hot weather countries like Malaysia and Singapore. Linen is:
- Highly absorbent and a good conductor of heat (no more tap-sweat)
- Capable of absorbing moisture and then quickly yielding it again.
- A fabric that less likely clings to the skin, which allows better airflow to your body.
Definitely, an excellent cooling system.
Initially, I wanted to get the navy blue silk blend but had to choose black instead since they have no stock left in navy blue. This is an example of when you have to have another color option – yes, navy blue to black isn’t that significant of a difference to some but if you have vibrant colors as your main ones… color options can be helpful to avoid any stress, confusion and wrong decision making. To add silk blend into the mix is necessary in my case, because subtle variations is needed in creating an eight-piece collection. This silk blend adds a different feel and texture to the other materials. The hybrid of wearing luxe and casual material in one outfit can elevates any look. So, personally I feel that adding a luxe fabric like silk, balance out the collection.
Our main material for this collection is 100% cotton. There’s a long list of benefits wearing 100% cotton that I shall not list down here or else you’ll yawn even more BUT if you want to you can read it all here at http//cottonpromotion.org/benefits-of-cotton/. The cotton we used in our collection is medium weight. For the jackets and vests we actually lined the pieces in the same fabric so it’s warm enough to layer it with wool or something lighter underneath depending where you’re and which season you’re in.
So there you go; I hope you’ll get the idea of the 3.0 fabrics. You can now have a virtual feel of the fabrics when I write about the concept and design in the next post. Lets end this post with a sneak-peek image of the 3.0 fabrics.
3.0 collection sneak-peek
Persevere & Stay Positive,