What is Natural Fabric Anyway? Life lessons on fabric choices - La Luna Rose Jewellery

What is Natural Fabric Anyway? Life lessons on fabric choices

January 29, 2019

La Luna Rose Natural Fabric vs Man Made fibres

One of the first things we learnt in our fashion school labs (Yes, we wore lab coats & studied in ‘textile labs’!) was how to tell the difference between a fabric that is derived from nature and one that is man made. To make it really simple and fast forward a few lab tests & goggle selfies I will cut to the chase. Fabrics are either made from Plants (Natural ie Cotton, Linen, Ramie, Wool), Made from plastics (Man made ie Nylon, Polyester), or are a blend of both of these two.

Why is Natural Fabric so amazing?

We are obviously a HUGE fan of Natural fabrics here at La Luna Rose and use only Natural fabrics for our island store collection, not only because they come from plants and therefore when they end up back in the landfill many moons from now, they will integrate right back into earth like they never existed….but also because of the amazing properties that natural fabrics contain.

Natural Linen that has been plant dyed for La Luna Rose Island Store

Fabrics derived from plants have natural cooling abilities to wick water (sweat) away from the body. They are also incredibly strong fibres when dry and they have a nicer drape to the finished fabric as they are, well, in their natural state and not a machine made yarn! Last but not least, the natural fibres allow fabric to breath properly and therefore making it much cooler to wear.

Want to try a test (Although I’m sure you are well aware of this already…) Sit outside on a warm-hot day in a Cotton T-Shirt. After an hour see how you feel. Now try doing that with a top made from Man-made fibres (Probably something you wear to the gym is at least 50% Nylon or Polyester) See? Sweat much?! You can try it sitting in your bathers as opposed to cotton underwear a woolen coat vs a Polyester blend coat…. The list goes on & you get the drift….

Along with their many amazing properties, one of the downside of natural fabrics is are that they can crease easily…. And hence your iron-ing game needs some extra work. When natural fibres are wet they can loose their undeniable strength and lastly, natural fabrics when dyed will loose their colour bit by bit over the years… Nothing too drastic though right?!

Natural and Man made fabrics blended fabrics for the Island Store

So then, what’s the deal with blended and man made fabrics then?

While Natural fabrics are amazing and all that we had for many many years, during the industrial revolution some genius’ got their hands dirty and started to experiment in making new fibres to create a yarn that included some of the properties that natural fibres were missing. These guru’s started to create fabrics from man-made materials such as plastic to create the ‘ultimate fabric’ which in theory was pretty epic and cutting edge at the time. These fabrics such as Nylon, Polyester, Polarfleece, Lycra all provided new ways in which fabric could be created and the different purposes it could be used for. Ie Swimming!

However, there are trade-offs and fabric production is no different. Ever get to the gym and wonder why you’re sweating bullets even though there is AC pumping? Yah, that’s because your tights, Sports Bra’s etc are most likely made from a derivative of plastic…. So yah, you’re kinda wrapping your body in plastic! It’s not to say that this fabric is all bad, more and more legends like Salt Gypsy use a new man-made fabric called Econyl which is made from recycled Plastic bottles found in our oceans…. Using up our current waste made in other industries and recycling it into special pieces of clothing for you to wear & cherish for years to come.

Fast forward 90 years and we are at the peak (I hope…. although I’m not entirely convinced) of fast fashion where these man-made fabrics are getting tossed around like nobody's business. All the major retailers produce 100,000’s of 1000’s of items every day using man made fabrics to keep up with our demand to consume more and more fashion items each and every month. Therefore the production of these ‘genius’ fabrics has far surpassed anything that the planet can deal with… We are in the peak of a plastic crisis not only through plastic bottles but through fashion as well.

Take a moment to read this:

EVERY Single piece of plastic that has ever been produced still exists today’…. This includes ‘plastic based’ fabrics too. 

Feeling clued up on fabrics? Just a little? Here’s a quick few facts to take home with you & share with your pals:

  • FACT 1: Natural Fabrics breathe, Man-made fabrics do not so if you’re ever wondering why you always sweat when you wear a certain T-Shirt…check the fabric content & opt to buy 100% Cotton next time.
  • FACT 2: There are 3 types of Fabrics in the world. Natural, Man-Made & A blend of these 2
  • FACT 3: Think before you buy. Every piece of plastic ever made still exists. Food containers, Man-Made clothing, Kids toys… everything.

So now that’s fabrics sorted, we’ll be up again soon writing what all the fuss about Organic Dye is…. Watch this space pal & thanks for coming along this journey with us. x


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Sizing Guide

T-SHIRTS

CHARITY & SALLY T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS SMALL     (Size 6-10) MEDIUM (Size 10-14 LARGE   (Size 14-16)
Shoulder Width 42cm 44cm 47.5cm
Sleeve Length 12cm 12cm 14cm
Chest Measurement 47.5cm 50.5cm 53cm
Back Length 63cm 67cm 68.5cm

 

RINGS

It is important to note that different countries have different sizing methods.

Most of the world goes by number sizing which is the easiest and most accurate.

Because we sell our jewellery all over the world, we have decided to stick with number sizing and have put together the below chart to help you out. The most common size for ladies is a size 7 and size 10 for man. If you are unsure of your size you can measure the inner diameter of one of your own rings and refer to the below measurements.

Feel free to email us at info@lalunarose.com if you have any further issues.

Please also note that if you are ordering a wide band ring, its usually a good idea to go up a size.

Size 6 = Ring Sizes L, M, N. Inner Diameter measures 16.5mm

Size 7 = Ring Sizes N, O, P. Inner Diameter measures 17.3mm

Size 8 = Ring Sizes P, Q, R. Inner Diameter measures 18.1mm

Size 9 = Ring Sizes R, S, T. Inner Diameter measures 18.9mm

If you require a ring in a different size in any of the designs offered, please send us an email here and we will see what our clever silversmiths can do for you.

NECKLACES

All items in the La Luna Rose shop clearly label the length of the chain used for that design. Unless otherwise stated, all La Luna Rose necklaces are adjustable in length by 2" / 5cm.  All necklaces in our Essentials collection have a finer chain and are adjustable y 1"/2.5cm in length.

BRACELETS

Beaded Bracelets - La Luna Rose Sundown Sandy beaded bracelets are fastened with an adjustable clasp giving two size options for the 'average' wrist. One sits at a total circumference of approx 16cm and the other at 18.5cm. As all our pieces are individually hand-made, this may vary slightly. If you are concerned about your desired size, please feel free to email us & we can measure one up specifically for you in the design you will be ordering.

La Luna Rose Colour Creator Cuff Bracelets are also fastened with an adjustable clasp giving two size options for the 'average' wrist based on a wider design. One sits at a total circumference of 17.5cm and the other at 19cm. These fit slightly larger than ou As all our pieces are individually hand-made, this may vary slightly. If you are concerned about your desired size, please feel free to email us & we can measure one up specifically for you. 

La Luna Rose Sideshow Sally Beaded Bracelets are constructed with a 'loop' system meaning that they do not open up completely but can be adjusted largely in size from a small wrist size measuring 14cm circumference to a larger wrist measuring 19cm circumference. To open them just pull at the end of the beaded section and to close them once on your wrist, pull the tassel heads gently. Again, if you are unsure please feel free to email us here & we can help you work out your size.

Solid Bracelets - Adults Our Solid bracelets are available in 3 sizes and measure 18cm in total circumference for a size SMALL, 19.8cm for a MEDIUM and 21cm for a LARGE. If you would like to check your wrist size, grab a strip of paper, string or tape measure and you can measure your wrist with 3 fingers underneath the string also. If you are still unsure and would like something smaller/bigger made for you, send us an email here and we will see what we can create.

La Luna Rose chain bracelets fit much like the beaded bracelets with an adjustable clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 17cm, 18cm and 19cm.

*For the Chunky Monkey bracelet we suggest a tighter fit. To be sure of your size here, measure your wrist circumference and use this to order the correct size as shown on the product page.

LA LUNA ROSE ESSENTIALS SIZING

All measurements are on the product pages. Our Essentials necklaces are available in 16" length with an smaller loop at 15" and 18" with an smaller loop at 17".

Our Essentials Bracelets measure 17cm in length with an smaller size loop at 15cm.

Our Essentials Rings are offered in size 6, 7, 8 and 9. We are more than happy to make smaller or larger sizes on request, please just email us here.

LA LUNA ROSE PETITES SIZING

Petites Bracelets - We have a number of options for our bracelets for little girls - they're our top seller and little girls just love them! Our Beaded tassel bracelets have an adjustable sizing system and comfortably fit a little girl from aged 3 - 14. Girls 14 and upwards are recommended to fit our Adults collection however if they have small wrists they will still fit the Petites range. To measure a little girls wrist, please wrap a piece around their wrist with 2 fingers underneath. Mark the paper, and lay flat to measure with a ruler. 

Our Petites Sideshow Sally Bracelets are adjustable in length and open up to 18cm in circumference. If you don't have a direct wrist to measure, this bracelet system is almost fail safe and accommodates almost all wrist sizes.

Our Petites Sunday Sandy Bracelets measure 12cm in length with 3 options of length within the clasp system.

Our La Luna Fiesta Bracelets measure 14cm in length/circumference and all have the abiloity to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.

Our Solid silver bracelets for little Petites (To add charms onto) are available in 3 sizes. Baby 4.5cm in diameter (Recommended age 3-5), Small 5cm in diameter (Recommended age 6-10) and Medium 5.5cm diameter (Recommended age 10-15).

Our Petites Chain Bracelets measure 15cm in length with an smaller loop at 12.5cm. If you need larger, feel free to order an adults size.

Petites Rings - Our Petites range also offers rings for little girls. Please measure your childs finger first to ensure you are ordering the correct size. We would recommend a size 3.5 for girls 6-8 and a size 4.5 for girls 8-13 and a size 5-6 for 14-17year olds.  However - every finger and body is different! Any questions, just send us and email here and we would be happy to help.

Petites Necklaces - Our La Luna Rose Fine Chain Necklace measure 15" in length with an extra size loop at 14". Our La Luna Fiesta Necklaces measure 34cm in length and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.

If you require any other sizes for any of our items, please just let us know and we will see what we can whip up for you! You can contact us here.

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