Friday | 11.03.16 | Specifications
Clothing Labels. What do you need to know, when choosing fabric labels for your garment.
As a producer of printed clothing labels we can give you an advice what to take into account when ordering fabric labels. There are many aspects to take into considerations that suitable for different cases.
1. Have you decided on your clothing label type?
Here are the main types of labels that you can see on clothes.
Brand Label - This is the main label that shows the name of your brand. The consumer is usually interested to see the label and identify the brand straight away. It is important the quality standards of the garment to be built into the label as well. If the garment is a deluxe product the label need to be implying high standards. In this case you need to choose carefully the material and the design that will appear on it.
Size Labels - The size label is giving an important information to the customer about the measurement of the piece. This labels could be designed with individual sizes or combined with the brand label. The most common position is on the inside top back side of the garment. This type of label has to be lasting for a long time and need to be chosen accordingly.
Care Labels - They include washing and ironing instruction. This labels are usually sewed in the side seem of the clothes. The information they include is usually icons showing the treatment specification related to the product, The fibre content, and the country of origin.
Special Label - this labels are usually attached to the clothes to attract customer attention to the main feature of the garment. It is maybe to say 100% Silk, or Organic Fabric etc..
Flag Labels - this labels are a designer decision and they are attaches in the seem on the outer side of the garment.
Mixed Data Labels - Some brands attach combined labels with different data. For example you could combine care instructions and size on one label, or the brand logo and the care instruction together.
2. How to choose the fabric for your clothing labels? You need to ask yourself few questions in order to choose the right fabric for your clothing label.
- Where are you going to place the label on the garment? For instance if you place you label outside the garment you will need to choose durable material.
- Is the label going to have direct contact with skin? Is it intended for Children items? In this case is good to choose certified materials.
- How complex is the design on your label? For best visualisation of small element you need to use high density material. If your design contains full covering with colour you need to know that the ink will loose from the shines of the fabric. Another option is to use pre-coloured fabric and ribbons ,which might higher the cost.
- What is your idea of the standard you would like to convey to your customers? You can choose soft fabric for a delicate clothes or coated cotton for natural urban edgy style.
- Is your label going to be cut off from the consumer? If the label will have the option to be cut usually indicated with scissors icon you can choose taffeta fabric that will give a good visualisation of the text but will be on lower price.
- Is your label for a general purpose and doesn’t require expensive material? You could use plain polyester in black or white.
- Is your label doing to be printed from both sides? Then you need to consider the transparency of the fabric
3. What cut and fold options you can choose for your fabric clothing labels?
Straight Cut / Fuse Cut - this type of cut is usually used when the label is sewed in the garment. It could be sewed in from one side, form two opposite sides or from the four sides. In this case we have to count more space outside the design as a sewing margin intended to be tucked in the garment. If the end sides of the label are going to be visible this need to be included in the design.
Trapezoid Cut - This type is intended for sewing in the corner of the garment. Both skew sides are tucked in the seam. Usually used as a flag label from the outer side of the garment.
Diagonal Cut - we can offer diagonal cut for your special design decision
End Folds - End fold labels allow you to add a branding label withouth sewing it into the seam. By this type of fold the corners of the label are not exposed to the skin and have a softer effect. The long logos stay best on this type of fold. These are typically found in the neck of higher end garments.
Tag Folds / Manhattan fold - This type fold labels are mostly used for hem tags. The extra fold on the top edge eliminates exposed corners, for the cleanest look and softest feel. The fold in the center can be creased or looped, depending on the thickness of the fabric. Specify loop or crease on your label layout or in the order description.
Center Folds are clothing labels that are folded in half. So the “loop” label that you find in the neck of some shirts that have a company name or logo on the front and then on the under side there is care and content information about the garment.
Mitre Fold is where we have two 45 degree angles on the bottom corners of the label and the label hangs down in a fashion that is more whimsical yet elegant. Mitre folds labels work best with a short and wide logo.
Roll Form is where we supply the labels to you in a continuous roll. In this case you can cut the labels yourselves.
We offer die cut to any shape only for the Self-Adhesive Labels
4. What information to include in your care labels?
Content of all fabric - you have to display the percentage of each fabric composition. If you have patches of different fabrics you need to give the information separately. For instance the main garment is 100% cotton but the lining it 100% Polyester
Washing instructions - the main instructions refer to the treatment of cleaning or washing of the fabric. You have to state this in words in each language and with care Icons
Care Icons - the main care Icons are for Washing, Bleaching, Drying, Ironing, Dry-cleaning. Download the care Icons Chart Guide. Here you can download the care symbols font that you can use for your care Icons. Download the care icons font
Country of origin - you need to state the country of origin and in some cases the address of origin.
Legislations for different countries
Every country has its own requirements for the language that it has to be displayed on and the manufacturer usually combine all languages translation into one label. Here you can find a helpful chart for the requirements on your clothing label for most of the countries. Link
Here you can see more information for each country including the different size charts for the clothes. Link