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What To Wear Now That You’re Returning To Work…

Work Garments

Twinkle Pink Stars Polyester Blouse. Example of What To Wear As Women's Work Garments
Women’s Polyester Blouse

Knowing what to wear can sometimes be a chore. For many, denim jeans, a tee-shirt or a hoodie is the best go-to every day of the week. However, any job you do will dictate some type of clothing as a uniform or appropriate professional attire. Work apparel is worn in all markets from service companies, medical facilities, dining establishments, assembly lines, painting business and much more. And it comes in many shapes and sizes. Guys and ladies alike have actually come to rely on their work clothes to complete their daily jobs. Men have actually long been provided many more designs than females, however that is changing, more and more females are taking various positions in the business and their clothes needs to be just as durable. Now womens working garments are styled to match their figure, however still permit ease of movement for a safe workplace. But, clothes don’t have to be worn one way. We don’t just live to work. All work and no play makes life no fun. So, remember that your clothing can be utilized in all functions. You can get garments that work for work, for school, and for anywhere.

Uniforms In Healthcare

Work garments is dominant in numerous healthcare facilities. Medical scrubs are worn by the nursing staff, along with, doctors and support personnel. Housekeeping common can wear scrubs to housekeeping gowns to khaki and polos work pants. The food service staff can wear aprons, polos, work trousers, chef coats, chef hats, and chef pants. The security personnel will also wear security design uniforms to determine themselves to anyone in the healthcare facility. Host staff can even use blazers or vest with the health center logo design on the garment.

Service Business Attire

As a service business, your team must wear durable work apparel. Work shirts produced commercial cleaning stand up to many forces set on destroying the garments pre maturely. Coveralls are likewise helpful for specific activities to secure your employees from their work environment.

Work garments are essential to numerous jobs in the oil service fields. Simply driving to work can be a filthy experience. Nature takes its toll on the person and their clothing. Assembly lines can posture many different dirty-job environments and employees require garments to protect them. Operating in a dangerous environment? You can discover clothes that offers protective capabilities for your body. Your work clothing ought to protect your body from the risks surrounding your everyday work environment. You work clothes need to also provide the optimum in comfort, so you can complete your day-to-day tasks with very little effort.

Personalizing What You Wear

Work clothing is quickly personalized with direct embroidery on the clothes, embroidered nametags, embroidered spots, flag spots, reflective tape sewn on backs, legs and arms, and even silk screening. The personalizing options provide you ease to identify yourself to co-workers and community member alike. There is nothing more identifiable than your employees in uniforms that have the company logo. The workers feel a strong sense of belonging and are proud members of the corporate group. When they are expert looking and come prepare to get the task done and looking fantastic, your consumers will enjoy your staff. Nothing better than offering staff members with uniforms to use in the community and construct your business recognition with existing clients and potential consumers.

Online sellers – like AIS Designs, StitchFix and Amazon – provide a selection of professional attire and home office accessories. You can find anything from solid color designs to unique, digital artist created patterns.  Depending on your style, you can search for a range of items to fit your need – all from the comfort of home, without having to spend a lot of time driving from store to store. 

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Don’t Miss This Fact… The Best Fabric For Sewing Can Be Make Or Break

A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Right Fabric

By Jan H Roos

It’s one of the most important things a sewer must learn to do. What, you ask? Choosing the best fabric for your sewing projects.

For many beginning sewers, choosing fabric doesn’t seem like a big deal. In fact, ask any experienced sewer about it, and you’ll hear the same story. For one of their early sewing projects, they chose an awesome pattern to work with, carefully read the fabric recommendations on the back of the pattern… and then completely ignored those fabric recommendations because they found a beautiful fabric they just couldn’t pass up, even though it wasn’t the type recommended. After all, what difference would it really make?

The result? Well, usually those projects ended up total disasters. When all was said and done, the pattern went to waste, the fabric went to waste, and the hours spent on something that couldn’t be worn or used also went to waste.

To avoid all of that waste, it’s important to learn which fabrics you should avoid, especially when just starting out. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Fabrics That Are Hard to Work With

Sometimes, when you see a fabric in just the right color, with a pattern that you’ve instantly fallen in love with, it can be hard not to buy it and try to figure out what to do with it later. But the truth is that some fabrics are so hard to work with, only the most experienced sewers stand a chance of turning out something worthwhile with them. And here are three of the fabrics beginning sewers should stay away from.

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– Satin Fabrics. Satin fabric is beautiful. It’s so silky, shiny, and rich-looking. Who can resist it, right? Well, you probably should. As beautiful as it is, satin is extremely difficult to work with because it’s so slick. Satin likes to slip through your fingers and slide across flat surfaces. Getting it to “sit still” long enough to cut it properly can be a real challenge. And getting two pieces of satin to stay together long enough for you to sew them can be just as tough.

– Knit Fabrics. The best thing about knit fabric is that it’s stretchy. That makes it an excellent fabric choice for many sewing project. But that same stretchiness is what makes knit fabric so hard to work with. You need to stretch knit fabric a little as you sew it to keep it from puckering up. But stretching it too much can cause gathers, which is also bad. And you shouldn’t stretch it at all when laying out your pattern. Knit will also snag and run, which can turn a gorgeous, and possibly costly, piece of fabric into a mess.

– Denim. The world loves denim, so of course you’ll be inspired to make something with denim fabric. The problem with denim is its thickness. Just cutting it can be hard, especially if your cutting tools aren’t as sharp enough. You can’t sew denim with any old needle, unless you like broken needles and sewing machine jams. No, you have to use a needle especially made for denim. You also have to outfit your sewing machine with special accessories, which means extra expense. But, even when using the right needles and accessories, you’ll probably run into trouble when sewing with denim.

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It’s not that you should never work with difficult fabrics. But learning to work with them properly can be frustrating, and will take a bit of time. For a beginner, it’s much easier to start with fabrics that are easier to work with. Experience with “easy” fabrics can give you skills that will make working with more difficult fabrics much easier.

The Best Fabric for Sewing Beginners

The absolute best fabric for beginners is 100% cotton fabric that is closely woven. This type of fabric is extremely easy to work with, it’s one of the easiest fabrics to cut, and you won’t run into many problems while sewing with it.

Cotton is also extremely versatile. You can use it to make just about anything. And projects made with cotton are comfortable, durable, and easy to maintain.

Still, cotton isn’t perfect. The biggest drawback of using cotton fabric is that it shrinks, especially when it’s washed for the first time. So, when buying cotton fabric, you have to buy more than you think you’ll need. You also have to pre-shrink it, running it through the washing machine before using it in your sewing project. If you don’t pre-shrink cotton before using it, the project you make it will shrink the first time you wash it. So that dress you spent hours making will end up being too small for you to actually wear.

Despite a few drawbacks, which are minor compared to other fabrics, cotton fabric is the way to go for the beginning sewer.

Learning how much trouble choosing the wrong fabric can cause can be an expensive lesson. But, by keeping these guidelines in mind, it’s a lesson you can learn without wasting a lot of time, energy, or effort.

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Silk: What Is It & Why Is It So Expensive?

Silk is filament fiber formed from silkworms, or the Bombyx mori. These worms are not really worms; they are caterpillars. For thousands of years, human beings have mastered the art and science of silk production, which originated in China. Silk is extremely valued for its softness, its strength and its insulating properties. Silk is expensive due to the fact that it is a natural animal product, and producing silk requires an intensive labor procedure that involves monitoring and feeding the silkworms continuously. Rather a lot of effort is required to produce just a percentage of thread. Which is why some prefer pashmina. Pashmina can be found in different forms and colors. Just as silk connoiseurs, so do enthusiasts of pashmina have all type of preferences. Some customers choose “pure” pashmina, which is 100% goat’s wool which does not have any silk mixed in. There’s likewise 70% pashmina and 30% silk which is described as pashmina wool. Some pashminas even have 50% pashmina and 50% wool. Many consumers choose the pure pashmina, but may find it too rough or coarse. These varying type of pashmina have their own advantages and downsides. Typically, the best-selling ones aren’t even the pure kind, they’re the 70% wool and 30% silk. However, pashmina lacks the beauty, the shine and the feel of the drape of the silk like most people prefer.

The Chinese have actually managed to keep the secrets of making silk for centuries, which enabled them to export the uncommon textile to Europe and control the trade paths. Gradually, the silkworm eggs were smuggled out. Western production of silk started in Italy in the 13th century. Although the Western world was now included in silk production, this did not bring the cost down, as the quantity of work needed to make silk stayed simply about the very same. It takes about thirty thousand eggs to produce simply 12 pounds of silk!

When raw silk is produced, it can finally be wound into wheels and spun in various type of thread, depending on the usage. The crepe is made using multiple hairs of silk together in different directions.

Silk enthusiasts are familiar with all kinds of silk thread. Single threads are used for fine and large fabrics while the crepe is used for wrinkly and textured silks. Organzine is utilized for weaving warp threads and the tram produces the filling, or what’s called the weft. Silk can also be used in knit garments.

Silk is colored rather easily, and can be used in a range of garments such as sweaters, headscarfs and underclothing. Even today, thousands of years after the Chinese discovered the beauty of silk, numerous individuals still shout this material for its convenience, style and feel. Silk needs to be looked after properly. Dry cleansing is usually best for silk. Never ever soak, boil or bleach your silk garment. If a silk item should get wet, it must be rolled lightly in a towel. When ironing silk, utilize a cool iron. This iron needs to be utilized more for using mild pressure to relieve out the creases instead of as ways to heat the fabric

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How to Make Curtains On Your Own

Every home needs a bit of sprucing every now and then. Sometimes a quick rearrange of furniture does the trick. Other times the home improvement requires extensive new organizational shelves and drawers to spice up the digs to something different. However, one of the first and most simple things that should come to mind is to make curtains.

There are many types of window treatments on the market. Some homes go with just blinds – like shuttered, draw-string slat or roman. Standard pre-made curtains come in all widths and lengths; and they are available just about anywhere online. You could have some shipped to your door today! The toughest part will be choosing from so many fabrics, colors, designs and styles available.

So, really…How do you know what to choose? Sometimes, the decision is dictated by what is in stock; and other times, budget becomes a mitigating factor. Longer length and heavier fabrics increase the price you will pay for curtains. Custom-made curtain draperies are the pinnacle of quality and style preference but often are out of reach, if you want to afford something less expensive and if you don’t have the skill to make them on your own.

AIS Designs’ Custom Print Fabrics

However, if you are skilled or creatively-inclined to try, you don’t need anyone to do make curtains for you. You can do it yourself (DIY). This article by House Beautiful takes you through some easy steps to get you well on your way. And, check out AIS Designs’ custom print fabrics to go along with your next tailored sewing project in drapery.

A step-by-step guide…set about creating a tailored, professional-looking curtain that anyone can replicate. Here’s how…
If you’ve ever done a DIY, you probably know at this point that the first step is to measure—and that you should really measure twice before making the first cut! For curtains, first figure out where you want your curtain rod on the wall (the closer to the ceiling, the taller they’ll seem) and secure the brackets accordingly. Then measure from the top of the curtain rod to where you want the curtain to hit. In the video above, ours ends just below the window sill. Next, measure the width of the window.
2. Cut fabric
Hall recommends adding 7 1/4 inches to both the height and width measurements to account for the top pocket and side and bottom hems. Cut a rectangle of your curtain fabric to these measurements, and then cut the lining fabric three inches shorter than the fabric (but the same width).
3. Pin and sew one side
Arranging your fabric with its front facing the lining, pin the two together to keep them in place and sew in a straight line along one side to create a hem. The edges will still be frayed, that’s fine! You’ll turn it inside out later.
4. Create lining hem
Fold 1 1/2 inches of the bottom edge of the lining fabric and 3 inches of the curtain fabric. Pin and stitch where they overlap to create the curtain’s bottom hem. If the hem seam doesn’t meet the side hem, stitch them together so there isn’t a loose flap.
5. Sew second side
Hall recommends finding the center of the fabric and lining, marking that point and pinning fabric and lining together there, and then working out from the center to the sides with the sewing machine. It’s ok if the lining fabric comes up short. Sew these together like you did the first side.
6. Flip curtain right-side out
Now that you have three sides sewn, reach into the bottom corner sand flip the curtain right side out! Trim any hanging threads and iron the seams to make them crisp. If you don’t have an iron, just press them with your fingers to come to a point.
7. Create rod pocket
Fold the top fabric over 3 1/4 inches, pin, and sew along the fabric’s edge so that a pocket forms between the top of the curtain and the stitch. Cut any loose threads.
8. Iron
Iron all seams to make sure they’re crisp, then iron the curtain all over to get rid of wrinkles.
9. Hang!
Run the curtain rod through the pocket, then hang or attach it to brackets in your wall. And voilà! Your window is complete.

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Relax In Beautiful Comfort

Your bedroom should be your sanctuary to rest and invigorate every night. There are a number of simple methods you can utilize home decoration to make your bedroom as relaxing as possible, which will improve your state of mind and assist you achieve relaxing sleep in turn. If you’re battling with sleep deprivation, take a while to concentrate on upgrading your bedroom. With these ideas, you can turn it into the most relaxing sanctuary of your dreams.

Paint The Walls

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Possibly the most substantial method to make your bedroom more relaxing is by painting it a relaxing color. Numerous shades of blue, gray and soft colors like blush and lavender can quickly make a space feel more tranquil. You might choose to paint your entire bedroom one of these colors or adhere to neutral walls and a colored bedspread. In any case will work to create a relaxing space that promotes healthy sleep.The most relaxing areas in a house are ones that are tidy.

Deep Clean & Declutter

Dirt and clutter undoubtedly contribute to your tension as you’re busy thinking about when you can fit tidying up into your busy schedule. Creating a relaxing oasis of a bed room starts with deep cleaning it. Deep cleansing it once every few months will make it a lot easier to keep. After you completely clean it by dusting, mopping, scrubbing the baseboards and washing the windows, you’ll just require to clean up if things get cluttered every so often. And no mess indicates you’ll have the ability to drop off to sleep stress-free every night.

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Vary Textures From Floor To Ceiling

Dark walls are advanced and, with the best color scheme, relaxing to take a look at. Dark bed rooms actually produce much better sleep. Other relaxing dark color alternatives include crimson, forest green and charcoal gray. A darker color scheme can trigger a soothing sensation that motivates deep sleep while developing a dreamy environment. If dark walls intimidate you, select a darker bedspread or lampshade instead.

If you have laminate or wood floorings, adding a comfortable rug under or near your bed will have a big effect. After all, no one likes to hop out of bed just to step onto a frigid floor first thing in the morning. High stack carpets with longer fibers, like shag rugs, are specifically fantastic for adding heat to your bedroom. However even shorter pile rugs will make your space feel more comfortable.

You can also instill a sense of relaxation in any area by piling extra blankets everywhere, particularly top quality, plushy and soft ones. Pile them onto your bed and other bedroom furnishings for simple access. Not just will having additional blankets on hand motivate you to get one and snuggle in bed, but the blankets’ soft lines will make your area feel much warmer and inviting.

Texture produces an aesthetically fascinating space. For a relaxing bedroom, integrate soft textures to offer your area a calming feel. Layering soft textures can produce a softer, calmer look while tying in furniture to create a centerpiece in the room. For example, change the wall behind your bed into a textured dream. Or, if you’re like most individuals, they aren’t rejoicing to lay on a bed with just one pillow. A bed full of pillows, on the other hand, is very welcoming. Pillows have soft lines that make any bed appearance ultra-comfortable. In all, if you’re aiming to make your bed room a peaceful space, focus on your bed. Add a plush bedspread with lots of matching pillows and you will not be able to withstand falling under it each night.

Play With Patterns

While staying with a calming color pattern is cool, do not hesitate to have fun with patterns to transform your bedroom into your own special oasis. Try to avoid integrating too many loud patterns, like polka dots and zig zags, to make sure that your body and mind will not feel especially stimulated when you gaze around the room. Muted pillowcases and flowy curtains work well together. However, if a simple neutral bed room isn’t your style, but you still desire a peaceful space, add the occasional pattern.

Create Simplicity

Bedtime routines motivate you to detach and prepare to get a great night’s sleep. They put your mind at ease and foster relaxation. Whether your routine includes checking out a chapter of a good book, applying a soothing face mask or meditating by candlelight, it’s a crucial part of making sure quality rest. Place items that belong to your preferred nighttime routines on your nightstand. That way, your nightstand will turn into one of your favorite spots and you’ll never accidentally avoid your routine before bed. Utilize an inviting wood nightstand as your inspiration. Clutter can make your bedroom room feel confined, which will make it even more hard for you to loosen up at the end of the day. Keeping a neat and tidy area will help reduce your mind and decrease tension since you will not have to stress over discovering time to tidy up.In the same vein, excess decor can create sound. For a relaxing and relaxing bed room, keep your design minimal and only make room for the pieces you enjoy. In our viewpoint, simple living design is the method to go.

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Scarves & Savoir Faire

Silk scarves are all the rage, becoming one of the trendiest accessories over the past year for their versatility and style. To many, silk scarves may just be considered the latest wave of nostalgic fashion, but for Dior they are an art form.

The epitome of French chic, Dior has been a pioneer for the classic accessory since the house’s founding in 1946. Today, Dior’s legacy continues in the fine craftsmanship behind each piece. As a key accessory of its Autumn-Winter 2021 Ready-to-Wear collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri, the silk twill scarves play with classic house codes to create wearable and effortlessly fashionable pieces.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the design and expert craftsmanship behind Dior’s iconic silk scarves…[Read More at: V Magazine]

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Beautiful Repurposed Upgrades With Quilting Fabric

What do you do with the leftover fabric scraps? Don’t trash them. These make excellent pieces for quilting fabric. Time and history shows that fabric was a precious resource for many who could not afford the luxuries of new textiles as manufactured for the royals. Anything that could be repurposed was salvaged for clothes or other everyday uses like cleaning cloths. For example, patchwork quilting has been around in America since the colonial times.

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It used to be that patchwork quilting was made from leftover fabric or was taken from clothes that were no longer usable. Now people are doing patchwork quilting for fun and have made it into a form of art. People like to use fine fabrics, and create detailed stitching and beautiful designs on their patchwork quilting.

No matter how much or how little is left after your next project, here are other DIY fabric scrap ideas that are almost too easy not to pass on. From

3+ yards excess fabric: Tablecloth

This one’s a project that truly couldn’t be simpler. Looking for a table covering that will stand up to stains at your next al-fresco party? Simply cut your fabric to the size and shape of your outdoor table, hem the edge, and voilà! You’ve got a table setting to match your furniture—how chic is that?

2 yards excess fabric: Sling chair

1-2 yards excess fabric: Beach tote

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Hot Outdoor Fabrics

Performance fabrics are known to be easy to clean and can withstand the wear and tear of everyday life. 
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“According to outdoor fabric manufacturers, the pandemic has created an increased level of demand that hasn’t been seen for several years. “For first time in 15 years, outdoor furniture is hot, hot, hot. If companies can deliver it, people will buy it,” said Anderson Gibbons, vice president of marketing for Specialty Textiles Inc. (STI), parent company of Revolution Fabrics. “Because of the pandemic, our outdoor spaces have become safe spaces for entertaining or spending time with extended family members,” he noted. “People are putting money into their homes and not into other things, like traveling or dining out.”
Homeowners spent, on average, $13,138 on home-related services this year, up from $9,081 last year, according to the State of Home Spending Report by home improvement website HomeAdvisor. With more time at home, outdoor living has become even more important.
“Many people are looking to dedicate a space within the home to … surround them with décor that recreates a favorite vacation spot,” said Sara Thomas, senior marketing manager at Richloom.”

Source: Home Textiles Today

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Performance fabrics are known to be easy to clean and can withstand the wear and tear of everyday life. 
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“According to outdoor fabric manufacturers, the pandemic has created an increased level of demand that hasn’t been seen for several years. “For first time in 15 years, outdoor furniture is hot, hot, hot. If companies can deliver it, people will buy it,” said Anderson Gibbons, vice president of marketing for Specialty Textiles Inc. (STI), parent company of Revolution Fabrics. “Because of the pandemic, our outdoor spaces have become safe spaces for entertaining or spending time with extended family members,” he noted. “People are putting money into their homes and not into other things, like traveling or dining out.”
Homeowners spent, on average, $13,138 on home-related services this year, up from $9,081 last year, according to the State of Home Spending Report by home improvement website HomeAdvisor. With more time at home, outdoor living has become even more important.
“Many people are looking to dedicate a space within the home to … surround them with décor that recreates a favorite vacation spot,” said Sara Thomas, senior marketing manager at Richloom.”

Source: Home Textiles Today

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Scarves Up

Looking your best is not all about buying what’s on trend or shopping for expensive clothes. If you want to look stylish, think about simple accessories – like scarves. Scarves are beautiful, a work of art in many countries where they are made by hand.  That tradition is why scarves are more than just a cut piece of fabric.

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And, traditions come in many forms.  It may be a favorite song like at Christmas. Others have a favorite story to tell at family dinner.  In this article about South Whidbey High, scarves were raised as a pregame tribute: “Before Wednesday’s soccer match against Sultan, the South Whidbey High School Falcons paid tribute to late teammate Taylor Daniels. Daniels, 17, was killed in a motor vehicle accident in July 2020. The scarves were specially made as a tribute to Daniels and inscribed with his name and jersey number as well as the saying, “Forever a Falcon.” The scarves were given to Daniels’ mother and his extended family by soccer coach Richard Fuss and the players, who then raised them over their heads in the “Scarves Up” pregame tradition and a moment of silence in Daniels’ memory.”   source

This next clip comes from Scarves Dot-Net. “People sport scarves in different cultures and religions around the world for different reasons. For those people, it’s more than just a trend; it’s a lifestyle. ” source