10 tips to starting your own fashion business

If you’ve searched for, and found, this article then it’s more than likely because you’re thinking about starting your own clothing line and you’re interested to know the tips about how to make it successful. Starting your own clothing line is a fantastic experience and it’ll be a tremendous learning curve for you and it will help you a lot with personal growth and, if successful, financial growth as well.

Many people believe that if they build it, people will naturally come and guess what? Nothing happens. No sales :(.

So, to help you get off in the right direction, here are 15 questions that you should be asking yourself when you’re trying to get your T-Shirt business off the ground.

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What do you do when your wardrobe becomes full of event T-Shirts?

Yes, you’ve just signed up for yet another popular race. Of course, you’ll get your runners bag and, of course, you’ll receive the typical sporting event T-Shirt.

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The more events you sign up to the more T-Shirts and free goodies you’ll receive – this is fairly standard. One thing that isn’t accounted for though is the lost space in your wardrobe from all of the new clothing that you’ve received. Well, keep on reading and I’ll explain how you can recover the space that these T-Shirts keep on stealing from your wardrobe in the best possible way.

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Could 3D printing be the future of printed clothing?

3D printing is one of the latest technological phenomenon’s that are currently causing a storm in the media. One of the reasons for this is that the fashion industry is set to start deploying it as the runway is seen as being the ideal testing ground. This alone is enough to being triggering utopian visions of seeing an outfit on TV, calibrating the settings on your home 3D printer and then hitting the ‘start’ button and printing a near-perfect replica of the garment. OK, this is possibly quite idealistic and, if we’re being honest, a fast and convenient approach that can see this kind of technology imported into everyone’s home is a long, long way off. However, what’s most exciting about this new technology is the potential to cause disruption and democratise the entire fashion industry. Start up clothing companies that produce their own lines of printed clothing could be entirely vertically integrated even if they’re currently confined to a basement – making 3D printing a revolutionary prospect.

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Ted Baker Claims a Fashion First With Google Collaboration

Ted Baker, the British luxury fashion label, has unveiled their latest marketing campaign and it’s brilliant. Dubbed “Mission Impeccable”, the multi-channel campaign features a classy video, excellent social media marketing and a first for the fashion industry as they’ve teamed up with Google to create brilliant interactive windows at their stores.

The campaign was designed so that it’s primarily digital and it all centres around a brilliant spy theme with a three-minute movie that lists Guy Ritchie as the executive producer.

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Smart Clothes which text their owners asking to be worn?

  • A new technology could see people receiving text messages from their clothing
  • Neglected garments will tweet and text the owner ‘asking’ to be worn
  • Concept sees garments tagged using innovative contactless technology

I’m confident that I’m not the only person that has some items of clothing which I haven’t worn in forever sitting at the back of my wardrobe with no hope of being worn anytime soon. This could be anything from a T-Shirt I once liked, to an old football shirt. They’re literally just sat there, gathering dust and waiting for me to give them a new lease of life.

There is a new concept that’s currently being developed this which may put an end to clothes languishing in the darkness by giving the garments the power to give their owners a reminder that they exist and they’re still available for wearing.

Think you can just ignore the reminder? Think again! The clothing can also get in touch with a clothing charity and actually be asked to be recycled – and at this point, the charity can then send you all of the information you need about how to donate your old clothing. That’s not all either – the clothing can also be programmed to list itself on eBay!

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The reason for this is because of a recent study which highlighted that as a society we own four times as many clothes as we did 20 years ago, although we only wear roughly 20% of the clothing that we own regularly. This has led to academics from Birmingham City University to begin to develop the idea of a ‘connected wardrobe’ with the hope of encouraging more ethical clothing consumption.

The idea is that our clothing will be tagged using a brand new, washable technology – also known as radio-frequency identifications.

Mark Brill, a senior lecturer at Birmingham City University, said:

“Think of the surprise when an owner suddenly receives bids for items they didn’t know were in their wardrobe.

“The connected wardrobe is a practical, engaging concept to encourage more people to think about their clothing consumption. Ultimately, I hope it will encourage more ethical fashion consumption.”

He also went on to add:

“Perhaps we can even move away from the idea of ‘ownership’ of clothing, to simpy using them as long as we need them. When we’ve worn them enough, the items will pass themselves on to their next keeper to wear.”

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The idea of a ‘connected wardrobe’ gets its inspiration from the ever growing ‘Internet of Things’ – a concept whereby ordinary household objects are connected to the internet so they’re able to share information.

This can be from setting an alarm on your clock, to adjusting the temperature of your home before you arrive, to even setting your kettle to boil at the exact time that you get up in the morning – it’s obvious that the internet is continually changing the way that we live our lives.

Now, the ‘Internet of Clothes’ is designed to ensure that all neglected garments will tweet and even text their current owners (i.e you) ‘asking’ for you to wear them. This does depend on certain variables though such as the weather and the frequency of wear. Clothing will also be designed to keep track of other information such as who the previous owner was, who made the garment, and how much the worker was paid to create the garment.

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It’s been reported that in Britain, shoppers buy 2.15 million tonnes of clothing (including shoes) annually, yet we have an estimated £30 billion worth of clothing that is clogging up our wardrobes.

Another reason why we waste so much clothing could be the ever changing world of fashion. This means that what we consider to be fashionable today might be out of fashion tomorrow and this can lead to a change in our tastes and clothes going out of style and losing their appeal to you.

One obvious way to prevent this is to get custom printed Tshirts from specialist printing companies who are able to create fashionable, printed clothing that you design using your own ideas and artwork. This means that the Tshirts will always be personalised to you and therefore you’re more likely to wear them more often than a Tshirt that you regularly see other people wearing.

By doing this, you’re creating your own custom fashion label and with that, you’ve got your own brilliant personalised clothing that you are more likely to wear over and over again – safe in the knowledge that it won’t be going out of fashion any time soon.

How to fold a T-Shirt in 2 seconds.

If you ask people what the most boring part of their clothes washing and ironing routine is, you’ll probably hear the word “folding” crop up quite a few times. After all, if you want to leave the house in the morning wearing clothes that aren’t creased all over then you need to make sure that your clothes are folded to perfection.

The problem with this? It takes time. When you iron clothing, if you’re like me, you tend to fold your clothes straight after they’ve been ironed which makes the simple task of ironing, folding and putting away your clothing into an activity which can take hours to complete – especially if you have a large family.

But, what if there was a way of simplifying the process and ensuring that folding a T-Shirt took you no longer than 2 seconds?

well, it would definitely be quicker and it would give you some free time to either complete other chores or have a sit in the garden and enjoy the summer ‘sun’.

Well, luckily there a way and in this quick, handy, 10 step guide I’m going to show you how to quickly and effortlessly fold a T-Shirt in 2 seconds!

STEP 1:

Lay your T-Shirt flat on a surface (such as a clean table) and spread the T-Shirt (or other short sleeved shirt) out with the front of the T-Shirt visible. Then, stand so that the neck of the T-Shirt is to your right and the bottom of the T-Shirt is to your left.

STEP 2:

Draw an imaginary line that runs from between the neck and sleeve and runs all the way down until it hits the bottom of the T-Shirt.

STEP 3:

On your imaginary line, find a point which divides the T-Shirt into two equal sections. One on your right that includes the neck and the sleeve and one on the left which includes the bottom of the T-Shirt.

Now, using your left hand, reach over to this point and pinch the fabric between your finger and thumb tightly, ensuring that you’ve pinched both the front and the back of the T-Shirt.

STEP 4:

Once you’ve got your left hand pinching the T-Shirt, you then need to use your right hand to pinch at the end of the line at the shoulder. Make sure you keep your left hand in place as you do this. As the shoulder of your T-Shirt is on the right, your arms shouldn’t be crossed when you do this.

Remember, your imaginary line runs between the sleeve and the neck. Again, make sure that you pinch both the front and the back of the fabric.

STEP 5:

Move your right hand over your left hand to the bottom of the T-Shirt. Keep your left hand and the pinch in place and lift your right hand, while still pinching the shoulder, over your left hand and move it straight down to the bottom of the T-Shirts.

Your arms should be crossed with your right arm over your left.

STEP 6:

Using the hand which is currently pinching the shoulder, pinch the fabric at the bottom of the T-Shirt. Again, make sure that you are pinching both the front and the back of the T-Shirt at the same time.

STEP 7:

Keep a firm grip on both of your pinches and uncross your hands while lifting the shirt off the surface at the same time. You must move your left hand through the two folds of the  shirt hanging from your right hand during the uncrossing motion.

Be warned, though, if you simply rotate the shirt to uncross your arms, you will end up with a mess that which will result in you having to start again from step 1.

STEP 8:

If you managed to get the motion correctly in step 7, you should now have a folded shirt rectangle hanging down from your hands with a loose sleeve dangling at the bottom. Now, all you need to do is simply lower the shirt back down onto the flat surface ensuring that the loose sleeve comes into contact with the table first.

Once the loose sleeve is resting on the table, lay the rest of the shirt over the loose sleeve so it’s not visible from the front.

STEP 9:

The best way to perfect anything is by practice. The time you manage to do this, it’ll probably take you longer than the promise 2 seconds but don’t worry, once you perfect the uncrossing motion and you’re able to draw an imaginary line without drawing it out with your hands, it’ll get easier and quicker.

STEP 10:

Now it’s time to start folding more T-Shirts. A good idea could be to fold your ironing the same way that you usually do and time yourself to see how long it actually takes.

Next time, use this new method and time yourself to seer how long it takes using this 2-second technique and let me know how much time you save in the comments below.

I would like to thank WikiHow for providing the videos in this article.

4 top tips for stain removal

Stain removal tips

We all have that one piece of clothing we can’t wear anymore because we’ve spilt or dropped something down it. Whether you have pets, messy kids or are just a bit haphazard yourself, it can be incredibly frustrating when your favourite dress or t-shirt is stained.

The key to treating stains effectively is to get them in the wash quickly but, unfortunately, that’s not always possible. Treating a stain after the event is always going to be more difficult but you can still get pretty good results with these home remedies.

Baking soda & washing up liquid

If you can’t seem to remove those pesky oil stains even after regular washing, this stain removal tip is for you. Place a piece of cardboard underneath the oil stain you are trying to remove and rub in lots, (and we mean lots), of baking soda. You’ll want to rub vigorously for a couple of minutes until the oil has started to come though onto the cardboard. Once you’ve done this, repeat the process again for another minute and then rub some mild washing up liquid into the stain.

Brush off as much excess baking powder as you can and wash in your machine as normal. If you use a low spin cycle, you may need to wash your item a couple of times to get rid of all the powder.

Salt & hot water

This combo is a gentle but effective way to remove lighter stains such as dried blood. Drape your piece of clothing over a deep bowl and rub in plenty of salt with an old toothbrush. Once you’ve done this, pour over freshly boiled water from the kettle and continue to rub salt into the stain until dissolved.

Rubbing alcohol

Not everyone has rubbing alcohol at home but for those of you that do, it can help you to effectively remove ink stains from clothing. This method involves placing a rag underneath said ink stain and pouring over a little alcohol to get the initial ink dispersal going. Once you’ve done this, you’ll then want to use a cotton bud soaked in more rubbing alcohol to gently rub the ink stains until they are almost gone. After that, just pop it in the machine and wash it as normal and your stain should be gone.

White wine & white wine vinegar

This is a great stain removal tip for all you red wine lovers. We all know how much damage red wine can do to our clothes but there is a way to get rid of the stains effectively. Mix white wine vinegar with some actual white wine, (as well as a little water to dilute the smell), and pour over the stain. It’s best to be quite heavy handed with this, as the more you use the better the result will be. For the best finish, pop it into the wash straight after doing this. However, if you don’t have time you can use a hairdryer on a low heat setting to dry your clothing.

Stain Removal Tips

 

So there you have it! 4 fantastic stain removal tips that could save your clothing. Next time you find yourself with a pesky stain, don’t just assume your clothes are ruined. Try giving these low cost home remedies a go for some surprisingly effective stain removal.