What makes a high quality garment, and how can you tell what is actually hand made? Or made by artisans? Or ethical?
These are questions and frustrations I face on a daily basis - and are ideals that are so important to me for many reasons. Last year I did one of my favorite blogs on Quality versus Quantity on my Mandy Dress, and so I thought I would revisit that topic and show how my amazing new current line, Sand Swept, is painstakingly and lovingly made, by hand, by my team in India.
As always, the most important indicator of a quality garment, is Stitch Per Inch (SPI). The more SPI's, the more expensive and time consuming it is to make, and the longer it will last. I use an SPI of 12 to 14 on all my line - whilst mass produced machine made items are around 8 to 10. My garments are hand made, over time, with care and quality to last.
A merrowed edge just means the way fabric edges are finished, created by 'overlock stitching' done an overlock machine. This is how my goods are finished, as can be seen in the rounded edges on my Kavya Top. Over lock stitching, in comparison, is how mass production finishes their garments, as it enables them to quickly finish their product by producing 5,000 stitches per minute as opposed to 250 - 1,000 stitches per minute done by a sewing machine. But choosing to take time to merrow edges, and create a better quality and more detailed finished, is just how I work.
In addition to buttons, if you've followed me for a while, you will know that I do love a detailed belt (see my Mandy Dress!). And in this collection I simply couldn't resist adding some intricate hand made tassels to my Anika Dress, not that it needed to be made even more fancy!!
If you are still reading, and in case you couldn't tell, I love all things hand made - and that continues with the addition of my hand crocheted lace, shown here in my Longaya Top. Detail done by hand, it's a lovely addition to my line.