Denim Fabric

Denim Fabric

 

Denim vs. Denim Blends

The basic jean has broadened into a variety of styles and silhouettes, denim fabric has also gone through changes. First woven in Nimes, France and originally called “Serge de Nimes,” traditional 100 percent cotton denim now comes in a variety of blends.

Construction and Weave

  • Durable, strong and long lasting are just a few adjectives used to describe denim cloth. Made with cotton, a natural fiber, denim is woven by interlacing crosswise yarns with lengthwise yarns to form diagonal ridges, referred to as “wales.” This technique creates an abrasion resistant textile.
  • Though wale directions vary, denim cloth is usually woven from the upper left to the lower right side of the cloth. Whether 100 percent or a blend, denim is identifiable by its indigo-blue lengthwise yarn and gray, almost white crosswise yarn.

100 Percent Denim

  • Fabric buyers search for denim in specific weights, depending on the apparel or home furnishings slated for production. Heavier denim, though strong, retains a stiff, canvas-like appearance. Lighter denim has natural drape, making it better for garment construction, such as in jackets, vests, jeans, dresses and tops.
  • Manufacturers and designers label 100 percent cotton denim garments as “preshrunk” to alert consumers that the garment has already undergone shrinkage. Labels not including this information indicate that the garment most likely will shrink at a 1 to 3 percent after each laundering, depending on the weight and type of denim.

Denim Blends

  • Textile manufacturers developing denim blends generally weave cotton with synthetic fibers. Synthetic fibers wrapped with cotton fibers produce a stronger and more durable yarn. Weaving these fibers together creates material with the appearance of 100 percent cotton but with softness, drape and flexibility of cotton blends. For example, blending cotton with polyester or ramie (another natural plant fiber) reduces wrinkling and produces a soft, lustrous feel. Stretch denim blends, which include different percentages of Lycra, adhere to the body for form-fitting silhouettes.

100 Percent Denim vs. Denim Blends

  • Upon selection, other elements, like comfort or natural wear and tear factor in. Indigo or colored denim, referred to as “bull denim” and often made from 100 percent cotton generally is not prone to pilling or slippage — the unwanted wear marks at specific stress points of the garment.
  • Denim blends are more susceptible to pilling and slippage. On the other hand, stretch denim blends offer greater comfort and flexibility. Denim washed in hot water has better fabric recovery, which means the cloth returns to its original state. This is especially important for stretch garments, which develop sag areas at the knee or back after repeated use. Remember, read care labels regardless of the fabric content to ensure proper maintenance.

Consumers shopping for specific types of denim often consider styling and price, will depend what they want said Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, presidemt of Grupo Denim.

Threads and their characteristics

threads and their characteristics

Type of threads and their characteristics

If you want to start a sewing project, there are many different types of threads that you can use, to know the different ones, continue reading this article.

“Only threads of great quality can guarantee a good manufactured garment, that is why Grupo Denim works with vendors compromised with the quality of their products, to make sure we only deliver garments that will strictly meet our customer’s specifications”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of this company.

Here are the different threads that you can find:

  • Cotton– This is the most popular thread, as it is easier to find and buy and it is manufactured in different weights, if you are getting this thread, we recommend you the mercerized one, as it is softer and the color is more consistent.
  • Polyester – Covered with cotton, the polyester thread is also known as multipurpose, it has a center made of thread which makes it stronger and elastic and it is perfect to sew natural fibers and weaves.
  • Silk – The 100% silk thread is made in a variety of colors and weights, it has a characteristic brightness that can enhance any look, it is strong and elastic and it is perfect to sew silk and wool.
  • Nylon – This is a very resistant and invisible thread, it is mainly made in two colors: transparent and smoke, and it is great for light fabrics.
  • Metallic – Metallic threads are bright colors, if you have decided to use them, keep in mind you have to take the necessary cautions with your sewing machines as these threads tend to accumulate static electricity.

“Although there are many different types of threads, it is important to only wear those of the highest quality, as this will ensure resistant seams”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal about this topic.

Sustainable Clothes

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Sustainable clothes, a great alternative for ecologic fashion

Environment is a delicate topic, as there is more consciousness now about the importance of taking care of the resources, and the sustainable clothes are now a great alternative to decrease contamination. The traditional textile production has been evolving to generate less environmental impact, using sustainable textiles, recycling water and using fewer chemicals, which are great news for the world.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, a manufacturer company in Mexico said the following about this topic: “It is very important that we take actions that will help us taking care of the world, only by this, we will be able to reverse a bit of environment damage”.

What are the benefits of wearing sustainable clothes?:

  • Good for the Earth, as the textiles come from crops with no pesticides.
  • Good for people worried by the fair trade.
  • Good for animals, sustainable fashion tries to avoid using animal products.
  • It is easy to take care of, which makes it more economic as you only have to wash them with detergents that would not damage the environment, which is an extra help to the environment care.
  • Sustainable clothes are not only made of products from organic crops, but also from products that are recovered or recycled.

Some of the most recognized brands are now proposing new alternatives on their fashion parades with sustainable or recycled textiles, some fashion trends are also going to the vintage garments, by modifying those old garments on the wardrobes or turning them into different articles. And denim is a great alternative to recycle.

“Sustainable fashion tries to send a message to everyone to create a bigger and better ecologic consciousness, which is a great concept that can establish and unbreakable link between fashion and environment care”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal about this topic.

Squeezing your failure

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Squeezing your failure, just like an orange

Yes, squeezing your failure just like an orange, failure already happened and time cannot go back. What we can do is try to obtain the maximum value of that experience, or translated to the financial language; increase your “oreturn on failure”.

This genius concept of “oreturn on failure” was created by the professors Martine Haas and Julian Birkinshaw, from London Business School.

On a paper that they published on Harvard Business Review, they explained that if we try to imagine the formula for oreturn on failure, the denominator would be the resources invested on the failed project, therefore, a way of having a return is to keep those number low, taking care of your time and money invested.

On the other side, the “assets” will be the numerator, gained from that failure. For example, market information; know about your team or yourself. Another way to increase your return is to keep this number very high.

Involve a big team and take into consideration the positive aspects from your clients and how the market works, strategy, culture and process of organization; your team and style of leadership, also future trending. On the negative side, consider all direct and indirect costs of failure like time, money, reputation, distraction.

For Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, a successful businessman, to list the damage and benefits might be painful, but the true benefit comes when you share the results of that balance. “We need to face a cultural change in order to see a change on our conduct. Every company publish their annual successfully report but why not publishing an annual failed report? I am aware that some organizations already do that. This is a great exercise without any doubt”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Attitudes that will make you look successful

Attitudes that will make you look successful

Attitudes that will make you look successful, even if you’re not

We know that the first thing to do in order to accomplish a goal is making a proposal, if you want to be a successful person in your life you must look like it so can have that result later in your life.

Here are six things that you must do to look like a successful person. Believe you are and it will come true!!

  1. – Confidence. Do not show fear and unsecure, a lot of people suffer the “impostor syndrome”: they feel inferior to others just when they are about to accomplish something.
  2. – Ask for help. To recognize that you don’t know everything is a sign of success. If you have any doubt, ask.
  3. – Be selective about whom you spend time with. This does not mean that you shouldn’t speak with the other people, but it is important that you know the people around you as they can either pull you up or drag you down.
  4. – Dress well. Formal or casual, it depends on what you do for living; just remember that first impression is important.
  5. – Take risks. Dare to quit a job that does not make you happy, buy that thing that you want with all your heart, visit new places, try new food.
  6. – Watch your social media. Funny videos are cool, but think about this, what would you want to find people when they look for you name on the internet?

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, a successful businessman from Mexico, thinks that we also have to get along with people even if you don’t like them all. “I also like to know a little about everything, books, movies, etc. Knowledge is power”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president for Grupo Denim, a famous maquiladora that has been present in the market for so many years.

Choosing Jeans First

Choosing Jeans First

 

Why choosing jeans first over any other garments?

If someone would make a quiz in the whole world to determine which would be the most common worn garment, the answer would be more than obvious: a pair of jeans, as this has been an emblematic cloth since it was first popularized on the XX century, so today we will show you how to reinvent, buy, combine and benefit from your jeans.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, a company dedicated to manufacture jeans, thinks the following about this topic: “Jeans are more popular each day thanks to the different designs, the new technologies applied to create jeans that last for longer, feel more comfortable and are more accessible to buy, there are really jeans for all styles”.

Here are some of the advantages of choosing jeans over any other type of garments.

  • You do not need to wash them every time you wear them; actually, the less you wash them, the more they will keep their original color.
  • They are never out of fashion, and you should have noticed this already, haven’t you?
  • You can wear them with all of your shoes, as long as the length is the correct one.
  • You can also modify them and they will look as a completely new garment by adding rhinestones, ribbons or fabric paint.
  • There are different compositions for the jeans, not only 100% cotton, which makes them perfect for all type of bodies.
  • It is easy to check on a pair of jeans of good quality, check at the details, such as the hems, if they are perfectly sewn, the jeans are good, except, of course, if the hems are supposed to be torn as part of the design.
  • When you buy a pair of jeans, I would recommend you go by the raw denim, as that is the original one, without chemicals added during the manufacturing process, it might feel a little rigid at the start, but they will last for even longer.

Also remember to buy jeans that are a little bit tight (but just a little), as they will stretch out after you wear them a few times.

“Everyone should have a pair of jeans, this is the perfect garment that one does not get tired of wearing, and for this, it is important to find the perfect pair of jeans, there are many different options for everyone”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Manufacturer Industry

Manufacturer Industry

What is the manufacturer industry?

Manufacturer industry is dedicated, in an exclusive manner, to transform raw materials into different type of finished goods and products, which are to be consumed or used later by the final consumers.

“The manufacturer industry is one of the main to help Mexico’s economy and an important job source, which is why it is important to support this specific type of industry in this country, as it benefits an important part of Mexico”, advised Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Manufacturer industry can be considered as a secondary sector of the economy, as it is in charge of manufacturing products that will impulse economy on the primary sector. This industry is developed by different enterprises in Mexico, from small to multinational ones, as all those companies dedicated to turning materials into finished products are considered as part of the manufacturer industry.

Every work that this economic activity deploys is only possible with the intervention of three mainstays which are: work force, machines and tools, which are needed to make production.

The Industrial Revolution occurred on the XVIII century, becoming one of the most important periods for this industry, enabling the extension and simplification of the manufacturer industry thanks to the machines that were later incorporated to extend the production work.

Manufacturer industry is integrated by many different categories, among the most important ones in Mexico we can find: food products, machines and equipment, timber industry, paper production, chemical and metallic products, clothes, which is one of the main sectors in this country, especially at the North of Mexico.

“The Mexican Government has been of main help to make the manufacturer industry grow up in the country, by supplying financings to modernize machinery, which means getting new customers, increasing the production and giving more employments to support Mexican families”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Turn your old clothes into a new wardrobe

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How to turn your old clothes to make a completely new wardrobe

Some people think that changing their wardrobe means investing lots of money and time by going on shopping, but we will show you how none of this is needed, and how you can recycle your old clothes and transform your wardrobe by following some easy steps:

  1. Pull apart the clothes you need to work with – Go through the clothes on your wardrobe, separate all those garments you are tired of wearing or they are pretty worn and put them on a separate pile, you will work with it later, put the rest back on your closet.
  2. Check on this pile – Once you have piled on the clothes you wanted to get rid off, try to find at least one of each type, tops and bottoms that you like, if you think it twice and you find something you like, put it in a second pile and keep on checking until you are pretty sure there is nothing else you want to keep.
  3. Do not get rid of small sizes – If you have a pair of jeans that are too short, you can cut them and turn them into shorts for summer.
  4. Check on the pile again – Once you have separated those clothes you decided not to throw up, find out which ones can be embellished or somehow transformed, you can make interesting adjustments to these garments.
  5. Try to find sites to inspire – You can check on magazines or on the Internet for DIY (do it yourself) articles that will make you interesting tips as to how to transform your old clothes.
  6. Thinks of ideas that do not require stitches – You can add fabric paint or different ways of modifying your clothes without sewing them, such as cutting the sleeves, putting patches or transfers on them.
  7. Sew your old clothes for more complicated styles – If you know how to use the sewing machine or know someone who does it well, it can be helpful to transform your old clothes, as an example, you can cut the torn sleeves of a jacket and turn it into a best, recycle and old sweater into a beautiful pair of gloves, cutting a dress and turn it into a belt or scarf.

“There is no need to invest huge amounts of money to have new outfits, it is important to combine what is available at the wardrobe, jeans are a great option to save on money as they have a very long life and once you get tired of wearing them, you can always recycle them and turn them into new clothes, accessories or articles”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Mind and closet in order

Mind and closet in order

Mind and closet in order, how to make it possible

To be organized in our home represents a balance beyond knowing where the things might be and where to find them.

To find something that you’re looking for is not enough to determine that our home is in order. Furniture help to keep things in place but it is hard to keep the order when our head is thinking something else and we don’t know to decide what we would like to keep of what we have.

How to organize clothes?

As per as Kondo, creator of the method Konmari, a fusion between feng shui and coaching for organizing spaces, said that most of the clients say that they have found what they really want to do when they put their home in order. As per as the writer, of the magical effects of organization is the confidence of making decisions. To organize means to take every object and ask if this represents joy, in order to decide if you keep it or not. This is a process that confirms in a natural way our abilities.

What to throw away?

“Throw everything that does not inspire joy. Remember, if you do not want to throw something it might be because: you still attached to the past or you have anxiety towards the future”, explained the writer, who recommends keeping things that “speak to your heart”

Having a place to put everything is just a matter of organizing the spaces. Racks of different materials and colors will be very helpful.

Light Spaces

Having racks with so many books is not the answer and definitely not a satisfactory solution. Try to combine the space by elements like plants, candles, or pictures. This will offer a lighter space. Some of them might be vertical and other horizontal, this option is also acceptable to combine spaces.

For Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, order means peace. “You cannot be relaxed and comfortable if you’re living in a place that is all upside down”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Denim on denim look

denim on denim

Denim on denim look, the outfit you were looking for

Wearing denim on denim will be one of the favorite outfits for this season, and there are specific types of garments that you must have in your closet, we will show you some tips to combine your clothes if you love to keep on going with the different fashion styles.

“A denim on denim has been more popular now that more people is joining to the fashion that has to be done with this very resistant fabric, clothes are comfortable, easy to combine and can be worn at any seasons when they are combined correctly”, thinks Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Have you ever thought of trying this denim on denim fashion look? If you are thinking of daring to wear this popular outfit, it is important that you have the following garments in your wardrobe:

  • Jeans –  All denim pants are great to combine, there are many styles, just make sure you find the perfect fit, you can try between boyfriend jeans, straight, loose, boot cut, low rise, and many more, there are also plenty of shades and washes that makes your outfit look completely different.
  • Shorts – Spring is the perfect season of the year for you to take out of your closet those mini shorts you have been saving for hotter days, so pull them out and try them on.
  • Cut dress shirt – This is basic in your wardrobe, it will make you look amazing, so you have to get one if you don’t have it already.
  • Straight dress – Another great garment for this season, you can wear long or short denim dresses, with sleeves or straps, whatever you feel more comfortable with.

A denim on denim look consists on looking great, without making it feel forced but not too relaxed, remember that the main key to get the perfect look are the accessories and shoes, the better you structure your complete outfit, the greatest it will fit on your style.

“Wearing light denim is great for Spring and Summer, the fabric feels comfortable and fresh, which is an advantage on hot weather”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.