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The idea of a sample size is fraught with emotion for some people, but as we learned in Part 1 of this series, most samples aren’t meant to be seen by the customer and have nothing to do with the “ideal” human form. Samples are simply garment prototypes, sewn before a style goes into mass production. We also learned that all brands, even those known for having multiple sample sizes […]

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In the lingerie and apparel industry, sample garments are an everyday part of the production process. But for consumers, samples and the idea of a “sample size” are fraught with emotion. As the internet lifts the veil between the customer and the design team, more consumers are seeing samples in action and wondering: Why do they not sample in my size? If a brand makes samples in a small size, […]

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Have you ever seen the same garment in a few different places, but with different brands or no brand at all? Many people assume that means some dubious – or even illegal! – copying going on, but today I’ll let you in on 5 secret industry processes you might have never known about before now! Yes, you read that right! There are at least 5 different ways identical products can […]

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The fourth part of our lingerie construction series covers hems. You can read Part 1 covering types of stitches here, Part 2 covering stitch quality and linings here, and Part 3 covering seams here.  A hem is essentially the fabric edge on a garment or piece of fabric. It can be left raw or finished, with numerous finishing options. Certain finishings can be indicative of higher garment quality than others, […]

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The third part of our lingerie construction series covers seams. As a refresher, the first part covered types of stitch, and the second part stitch quality and linings. Seams are the point at which two pieces of fabric join together. They typically require a ‘seam allowance,’ or a space where the two panels can be sewn together. Seams can also be glued (or ‘bonded’) together for an exceptionally flat finish. […]

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