I have never used clothing labels, partly because lasting memories of labels in clothing are of me having to cut them out because they irritate, tickle, niggle me somewhere – usually side seams or when labels are attached loose on three edges like a flag. But over the times I have seen how a handmade label can be used as the supreme finishing touch to a garment that has been made with pride- the crowning of a worthy make, saying, ‘I made this & I think it’s good enough to put my name to it’. So I had been thinking about labels, but not too much, until I saw Melissa’s new Fehr Trade labels using Nominette’s online service (on Twitter actually) and it got me thinking just a bit more. But before I could entertain the thought too seriously Nominette approached me and asked me if I would like to try them out in exchange for a review. Well of course I would! And here is my review.
Nominette is a Belgian based custom label specialist with a really easy to use English language website & great service, promising labels within 5 days of ordering. The important thing is that the website really is easy to use. And quick – I thought I would need to set aside quite a long time to design my labels, but no- it was all done within 20 minutes, and could have been much shorter if I knew exactly what I would say on my labels.
So you just upload your logo, choose your words & then your care symbols. There are warnings about copyright (of course) with the logo you chose. I played around with two versions- badger and rainbow as well as the badger, which is as you can see what I chose in the end.
The thing that I found hardest was trying to decide what words to use!
Then looking at the wash care symbols I wasn’t sure what they all meant (that says a lot about what & how I usually care for my clothes doesn’t it?! Chuck it in the washing machine on the eco 30 degrees wash with the highest spin generally!) You have to use all 5 symbols on your label and I was about to google the symbols to find out what they were – but hover over the symbol and you get the description, making your choice even easier. I picked washcare symbols that i thought would apply to the types of things I make as gifts for others, mostly cottons, because as I just confessed, I usually ignore them myself!
After that you can play around with the colour of the background and the text. This is a two colour system, rainbows were not allowed- otherwise I may have gone for the other logo!
While you are doing this though you can still go back and tweak your text choice & what you have on your label. A great but simple design feature of the website is that it’s all on the same screen, it’s not like you have to make decisions & then scroll back through pages if you have a change of mind. Very easy to use and to see.
I chose purple text on a grey label. It was that easy. And then within days my bundle of labels arrived. I was delighted- they looked even better than I had expected & I really like the colour choices I made. Looking at the website again, I can confirm that they are made out of polyester with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 quality mark, certifying environmental and socially responsible standards. They seem very well made & look very durable, again, as you’d expect- Nominette have been doing this since the 1930s! Cost wise – that’s up front as well- £53 for 50 labels like this. It may seem like an investment, because that’s what it is, and a reasonable one I’d say. Just about £1 a label.
I have been adding my labels to ‘worthy’ garments & the first I sewed one into was an Anna dress that I made as a gift for a friend.
I seem to be making a few gifts at the moment & I am so thrilled to be able to personalise them with a ‘Scruffy Badger Wear’ label. I am mid -shirt making and the huge joy I experienced when machining in a label to the inside yoke as I was making it was immense & made me smile. of course I can’t show yet as it’s a gift to be given next month…As for my own makes this will be a proper test about how I feel about what I have just made- does it deserve a label? How big is the love factor? How many years will it be worn for? Is the finish deserving of my name? It’s a good process! And I bet I will take them out of anything that gets discarded!
This review is my own opinion, but I was provided 50 clothing labels free of charge to make this review possible. I would go back – I am that impressed.