Put a label on it!

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.

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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.

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The thing that I found hardest was trying to decide what words to use!

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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!

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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.

Scruffy badger wear

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.

Scruffybadgerwear

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.

17 thoughts on “Put a label on it!

  1. Anneke Caramin

    People can order these at the haberdashery I work at- usually parents needing labels for their children’s clothes! We don’t offer this type of customization though, you have a few standard templates and symbols to choose from, but then again they’re quite a bit cheaper that way 🙂

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Thanks Anneke, I have said to Catherine as well that I haven’t looked around to know what other options there are for labels, and admittedly this may seem a lot – but I haven’t compared it to what other options there are & what you get for the extra cost. It would be good to research other options, but it’s finding the time at the moment – it will be on my to do list!

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    2. Anka

      Hi Anneke,

      I appreciate that there are lots of options out there for name labels. What we offer at Nominette is that you can design your own label AND add your own logo. This makes your design totally unique and tailored to your brand. Also, our labels are made of taffeta which is a high quality fabric.

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hi Janie, I have handsewn some of my labels in- with as much care & attention as possible to keep the stitches straight & evenly spaced, but machine sewing them in has also given a great result – you just have to think ahead of time & sew them in at the right time in the construction process – & of course be clear that you want a label/ it deserves a label earlier on.

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  3. Catherine

    £53 for 50 labels! You’ve been had (or anyone who paid this would be). The usual label companies we’ve all used for children’s name- tags etc will roll out decent labels according to one’s creative specification. Additional laundry specs would surely be pointless as they differ hugely according to the fabric of any given garment/item. Sorry, and all that, but many of us out here are already giving our work highly individualised labels at a fraction of the cost.

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Thanks for the input Catherine. I will add to the review that I have not looked elsewhere to compare what Nominette do with other suppliers, and maybe that is something that would be useful, sometime when I’ve got time to look into it.

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    2. Anka

      Hi Catherine,

      ‘Decent’ labels are not quite the same as very professional looking (and feeling!) labels. Our labels are made of taffeta which is high quality fabric. Can I also add that each price is according to chosen colours, size and design? We get lots of orders below £35 for 50:)

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