What is crepe fabric?
Crêpe, anglicized as crepe, is a French term denoting a thin, small pancake, usually eaten with sugar or lemon juice. It’s safe to say that crepe fabric might resemble the crêpe pancake in some ways. But of course, it is safe to say that no one w...Read more
What is twill fabric?
If you’ve ever worn jeans or dress shirts or sat on a couch, you’ve probably encountered twill fabric. Twill is one of the oldest fabric types that’s still in use — its name coming from the Old English ‘twili’, which means something like ...Read more
Recycled polyester vs. virgin polyester, what do I pick?
Are you looking for ways to reduce waste? There’s a forest of options for waste reduction: reusable cups, reducing food waste, efficient use of water, and so on. In fashion, there are more and more options too, such as eco-friendly polyester. Makin...Read more
Silk vs. satin: what’s the difference between silk and satin?
Silk and satin are soft, smooth fabric types that lend designs an air of luxury. Their similar sheens and feels make them look almost identical. It’s no wonder that we often get asked: Is satin and silk the same thing? There are some key difference...Read more
The properties of linen: all about this fabric
When picking out fabrics, linen is still overlooked. That's a shame, because linen has amazing characteristics. Linen is pleasant to wear in the summer, it is super strong and the fabric even has an antibacterial effect. Curious about what other c...Read more
Make your own bag: our tips and inspiration!
You can do anything with the design of a bag. Classy, trendy or just cool: you can give it your own twist. In this blog we'll explain step by step how to make a bag. How to proceed, what do you need and which fabrics are suitable?Read more
How to wash cotton?
Cotton has been a popular fabric for years and that’s not crazy at all. The fabric is soft, does not sting and breathes well. If you wash the fabric in the right way, you will enjoy it for years. Fortunately, washing cotton is not higher mathema...Read more
11 Types of fabric: Here are the pros and cons and their uses
If you’re looking to create something textile-based, there are a lot of different kinds of fabrics to choose from. The wide range of available fabric types means that there’s always one that’ll suit your needs, but actually finding the type you...Read more
What is Modal?
Modal is a semi-synthetic textile made from cellulose from beech wood. The modified spinning process of this fabric creates longer cellulose molecules with better properties. This makes Modal an improved version of Viscose. In this blog you will r...Read more
Slow fashion: what it is and why you really have to do something with it as a designer?
In slow fashion - the alternative to fast fashion - sustainability is the primary topic. But what exactly does slow fashion mean? And what are the differences between slow and fast fashion? We answer these questions and also explain why it is impo...Read more
Friends of House of U - EE labels
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Friends of House of U - Textilice
''Inspire! Create! Educate!'' - Jolieke, teacher and developer of Textilice.Read more
What are eco fabrics?
Eco fabrics are sustainable fabrics in the broadest sense of the word. Ecological fabrics are manufactured with a minimal impact on the environment, or with as little as possible use of water and chemicals. Moreover, production takes place in sustain...Read more
What is mesh fabric? Everything you need to know about this fabric
Designed in 1888 by a British textile owner, picked up in the 1980s by sportswear manufacturers and a popular item in the fashion world for years now: mesh fabric. It is elastic, extremely strong, breathable and… indispensable for every clothi...Read more
What is Velvet?
Velvet made a comeback! This wonderfully cuddly fabric has a rich, deep shine and, thanks to its warm and luxurious appearance in Autumn and Winter, is here to stay. Are you looking for the right fabric for your latest design? Then Velvet is a daring...Read more
This is why EcoVero is perfect for sustainable clothing designers
EcoVero is the perfect fabric for clothing designers who consciously choose for sustainability. The production process of the fabric is more environmentally friendly then regular viscose. By choosing EcoVero you contribute to a sustainable solutio...Read more
What kind of fabric is lyocell?
Looking for suitable fabrics for your next sustainable collection? Then there are a number of points you should pay attention to when you judge a fabric. For example, be aware of the amount of water it takes to make a fabric. Or find out how much imp...Read more
How to wash polyester fabrics?
And again you search for that undetectable label with washing instructions - if you have not already cut it out. At how many degrees should that polyester shirt be washed again? And was it allowed in the dryer or not? Of course you do not want to rui...Read more
Lenzing, our partner in durability and sustainability
The textile industries produces yearly around 100 million ton of fiber in total. And it seems like it’s still increasing. Not without any negative effects on the environment. Fortunately, there are more and more consumers aware of this ...Read more
What is Rayon? Characteristics of Rayon fabric
Rayon is a special fabric. It wears as good as cotton fabric and feels so soft as silk. It is not without a reason that rayon was often mentioned as "artificial silk" in the past. But what are the most important characteristics of rayon? It is ti...Read more
The benefits of hemp fabric
If you think of hemp, you probably don’t think of a fashionable pants or dress. This is because hemp is often confused with cannabis or marijuana. And this whilst you can make the most beautiful clothing from hemp textile. With a lot of benefits. ...Read more
Design your own sportswear? This is all you need to know!
Are you planning to get started designing sportswear? In this blog we help you on your way with some tips. We tell you more about the best fabrics for sportswear, what the trends are and also give you tips about making prototypes. Everything for a...Read more
How do you wash Silk fabric?
As beautiful as that one silk blouse is, it is so difficult to clean it. Washing silk is not a piece of cake. There are quite a few ifs, ands and buts about it. But before you lose your courage, read this blog! You don't have to banish your si...Read more
How the corona crisis is transforming the fashion industry
Everyone is talking about a time before and after corona. As if the start of the pandemic is the moment when a page was turned. The world has changed due to the corona virus and it seems to be a while before we can pick up our old lives again. In ...Read more
A sustainable Fashion industry starts with you!
The quality of clothing is declining. And the number of items of clothing that are bought and sold increases to extraordinary heights. Large chains are less and less aware of what we think about Fashion: distinguishing yourself and purchasing items t...Read more
ARE U BORED? LET'S GET CREATIVE!
Hi everyone, In the last few days all of a sudden the world looks completely different. Lock Downs, Schools closed down and even restaurants and public places are being shut down. We feel like we are in a movie.. Many parents now are working f...Read more
Print Unlimited is now called House of U
THE NETHERLANDS – Print Unlimited, the Digital Textile Printing House of exclusive fabrics for the international fashion and interior design market, will get a new name as of 20 March 2019: House of U. With this new name and a style o...Read more
Start your own clothing line in 5 steps
Are you bursting with inspiration? Do you have enough designs for your own collection? Then the start of your own clothing line has already been made. After all, you already have the creativity in you! But designing clothes is completely different...Read more
What is Tencel? Qualities of Tencel fabric
Tencel is a light soft but also strong and comfy fabric. Tencel fabric is a very special fabric but that’s not because of the fabric itself. Tencel is made of 100% natural material that is completely made in a sustainable way. It...Read more
Sustainable textile: Five fabrics that make fashion 'greener'
Sustainable textiles are getting popular. More and better alternatives are becoming available on the market to make sustainable clothing. Curious about the developments? House of U is happy to tell you more about fabrics that make "green"...Read more
Design your own fabric, our tips and tricks
There are a lot of standard designs out there that you can use when making your own clothes, but… Does the word ‘standard’ bother you? Would you prefer to be original, and do you have a gorgeous design for your pants, dress or shirt? Try making...Read more
Chair upholstery: this is how you do it!
Do you want to redecorate that old chair? Are you tired of the design, or is the fabric worn? If the basis is good, you can upholster it again. This is a cheap and environmentally conscious alternative to buying a new chair. With a new fabric it can ...Read more
Colourful fabric inspiration and colour trends for 2020
You want something with colour, but you do not know exactly what? Then continue reading. In this blog we inspire you with our colourful fabrics and we also show you THE colour trends for 2020.That way you are already prepared for that!Read more
How to make a unique dress yourself
Have you always dreamed of that one dress that fits you perfectly? Then simply make the dress yourself! It is very nice to make your own dress and it does not have to be difficult at all. We explain step by step how to make a dress. This way we ensur...Read more
Everything about cotton: the specifications of cotton fabric
Cotton is a soft material, does not sting and has a long lifespan. It is therefore not surprising that many designers like to use this fabric.Read more