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Do you add labels to your sewing?

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When do you decide it is time to add labels to your sewing projects? Do you add labels at all? I guess it very much depends on what you are making and what you are doing with what you make. As I have been making more and more commissioned pieces I felt the need to advertise myself by using labels in my makes. I did lots of research but it is a bit of a mine-field: There are companies, who quite frankly charge far to much (unless you buy tens of thousands of labels) and companies whose products are, well lets just say, pretty poor. One company did keep surfacing and the name rang a bell but first let me show you my label solution.




 

DIY Labels

I don’t like spending unnecessary funds (which can be spent on fabric) so I came up with a cheap label solution. I got the idea after seeing a tailor make his own labels, very simply, by typing his name and details onto a piece of fabric thus creating a label. When I say ‘typing’ I mean using an old-fashioned typewriter! (You know the thing that came before a computer). After typing he would press the label which sets the ink. Now I don’t own a typewriter but came up with a similar solution.

A set of ink-stamp letters, plastic block and some permanent ink. Simple. Once set up I can stamp my logo directly to some fabric, press and sew in. OK I know its limited to printing on lighter colours but it works really well.

Total cost was less than £10 and I can print as many as I like.

To my surprise a simple solution which my customers (and me) quite like: The slightly ‘artisan’ feel I guess.

So what about these ‘proper’ labels I mentioned earlier? Well the one name that kept popping up was The Dutch Label Shop. I’ve certainly seen post on social media about them and indeed seen some of my social media ‘friends’ use the company so I was delighted when I got an email offering me $100 of labels to try.

Note: This review is based solely on the products supplied. I was not asked to review in return for the $100 worth of labels.

Well I headed over to their website and had a proper look. They specialise in woven label, hang tags, care labels and sizing labels. As I was happy with my DIY labels I thought I would buy a sample of a few of the products.




Labels on offer

So for the woven labels you have a choice of basic and logo labels. The basic option is just that. Pick a size, add text and a simple icon (from their gallery). Change colours and add a border if required. I picked a simple black background with silver lettering, border and scissor icon. I opted for the larger of the sizes at 70mm x 25mm so 100 labels for £38. (Obviously the more you buy the more you save)

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Labels

The labels are good quality and well woven. The ends are cut and sealed to avoid fraying as you would expect.

I also ordered some care labels. You can add text and care icons/instructions as you like. Size is 75mm x 28mm. 100 labels for £28. Again the ends are sealed and look very good.

I also got some basic sizing tags which are very cheap at around £6 per 100. Sized at 40mm x 10mm

Labels

They also have baby and toddler sizing and allow a simple choice of colours.

Shipping was a good price and the order arrived 5 days after placing by UPS.  I didn’t buy any logo labels as they are more expensive than the basic labels and I really wanted to see what these were like. I do think I will look further at them in the future though and might update my DIY label?

Would I recommend the Dutch Label Shop? Well yes! The items I ordered where very good quality and swiftly arrived. I guess if you are thinking about adding labels they fit the bill well without breaking the bank. Even adding a simple care or size label will add value and a professional feel to your makes. So what did my $100 get me? Well 100 basic labels, 100 Care labels and 220 sizing tags (and postage) so actually quite a cost effective solution.

I will be sticking with my DIY labels for now though, certainly for my tailored suits and coats as I have become fond of them and I have plenty of the others to keep me going for a bit.

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Let me know what you think.

Until next time….Happy Sewing

5 thoughts on “Do you add labels to your sewing?

  1. I like labels and put them on most things that I make — even clothing for myself where no one else will see them. I sew them on last as a sort of completion ritual. Anyone who sews for others should credit for a job well done!

  2. I’m so pleased you posted about this. I had a disaster recently with woven labels intended as a gift – the metallic thread was scratchy and the ‘base fabric’ was stiff and uncomfortable, surprising for something intended to be worn against the skin. While your very smart woven labels would look great in a jacket, how well do you think they would do in a shirt for example?
    I’m not surprised your clients like your ‘artisanal’ labels, what a great idea!

  3. The labels are very nice and a professional touch for such great work. I have a few questions, i am not a member on instagram but following your posts:
    1. any advice on how to make a jacket with fusibles, bagging a lining and with little to no hand stitching?
    2. what jeans pattern did you use to make those jeans up with the scissors pattern on the back pocket?
    – all the best -> Corey

    1. Hi Corey
      Yes using fusible interfacing can work but its about only using the best type. Always woven or canvas like here http://www.williamgee.co.uk/shop/pp115-canvas-fusible-interlining/ and its about how its applied. Remember the canvas is to add shape so when fusing you need to shape the cloth over a ham or similar. If you apply it flat it’ll look awful. Also I would cut 1 piece straight grain then apply a plastron (over chest area) cut on the bias so you end up with 2 layers of fusible in that area. Still cover with a piece of domette or similar.
      You could also just use non-fusible and pad stitch by machine.

      I will have to do a tutorial on bagging out as have been asked this a lot. Its not difficult just difficult to explain.
      The jeans pattern was KwikSew 3504 (which I will be blogging about soon)
      Thanks
      Jamie

      1. Thanks Jamie, I have using knit fusible interfacing on many garments i make. I have used fusible hair canvas on coats and capes , which provided enough structure to the garment i was looking for. I have been using mainly knit interfacing on all necklines, arm holes, hems, extending the interfacing over the press line for added support for the fabric during normal or heavy wear. I still have yet to figure out the best interfacing to use on shirts and also to recreate a softly interfaced “hugo boss” suit recreation that i use to wear in the late 80’s and early 90’s. For jeans I have been working on developing my own patterns since i have not found any commerical patterns that will give me a men’s version of slim skinny jeans. I have used a fellow “brit’s patterns” angelakane.com she has good basic patterns that are easily adaptable. I have also been crossing the gamete of using women’s patterns and adjusting the sizing for men. I would love to see you do an in depth post on interfacing, underlining, shoulder pads and all the details inside the clothing.

        Thank-you so much for your reply
        Corey

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