October 24, 2012

Easy Peasy Sew-In Clothing Labels

I have a certain fascination with clothing labels and I'm not talking about the size labels either. When I get out (which isn't much lately) and go shopping, my heart skips a beat when I see the inside of a garment with sweet little finishing details and a sweet little clothing label. I go a little nutty for details like that. I'm also a true believer that the inside of a garment should look as good as the outside. It's something that really excites me. I know its not everyone's bag, but I truly find value in a well finished garment. Clothing labels add a little frosting to the inside of the garment. A little bling if you will. I've tried many versions over the years including store bought labels, customized labels with my brand name on them and handmade labels. The sad thing that's really put a stop to purchasing customized labels with my logo or name on them (besides price) is that they're itchy! I hate that! Every time I've put one in a garment, I take it right back out because it itches.
A few months ago, I had the hair-brained idea that I could make fun little labels with petersham ribbon. I love petersham almost as much as I love clothing labels and I admit that much of my love comes from the amazing color output it has. Truly, if you haven't laid your hands on some yet, you need to because the color of rayon petersham ribbon is truly amazing (I've noticed the cotton variety is a bit duller and stiffer than rayon).
At first I was just going to sew-in a little bit of petersham ribbon as the clothing label, but then I took a double take at my sewing machine and remembered that I have about a trillion stitches on it that never get used. How many of you have that? I'm surprised that I can't just put a piece of fabric into my sewing machine and have a garment pop out the other end! And I have a lower end machine that has embroidery stitches - Bernina Activa 230 anyone? I ADORE my machine, but were I to do it all over again, I would probably purchase a machine that is just more functional and has less stitches. I don't know. Then again, I'm very attached to her - and yes, my machine has a gender.
So there you have it - a billion different types of machine stitches and petersham ribbon and Voila! Instant little clothing labels. I use the 1/2" petersham ribbon, but I'm sure you could easily utilize other widths. I stitch a long piece of petersham at a time and then cut them down to size and sew them into garments with each raw edge folded inward. What's more, these little guys are not itchy at all. In fact, I don't even notice that they're there when I'm wearing the garment, and that's serious props in my book. And they add the perfect amount of eccentricity and whimsicality to the inner workings of my barely finished garment.
Do you love clothing labels as much as me? Aren't these cute? Ever tried doing something like this before? You need to. I think you'll love them just as much as I do!
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