Makers of baby and children's casual clothing for spring and summer minimize choking, strangulation and poisoning hazards, and improve sizing.
China manufacturers of baby and children’s spring and summer casual wear are directing R&D efforts toward physical and chemical safety, and better fit.
|Bright's baby clothes set consists of a T-shirt, skirt and leggings. The top comes in 200gsm cotton-spandex jersey, while the skirt is made of chambray.|
To prevent choking, makers are limiting the use of beads, sequins and other trimmings that may be pulled off and swallowed. Suppliers are also removing or shortening string embellishments to avoid strangulation.
As a safer alternative, companies are adopting prints, applique or embroidery. The first is commonly applied via water- and rubber-transfer methods, with many businesses now employing nontoxic and environment-friendly ink. Bright Overseas Ltd has even set up its own printing facility to ensure that pH and formaldehyde levels do not exceed the allowed limits.
A growing number of manufacturers are also utilizing organic cotton as the material is one of the more chemically safe and “green” alternatives. It is particularly adopted in clothes for newborns. Finished goods are at least 10 percent pricier than garments in conventional cotton.
In terms of fit, factories vary the construction of baby apparel from children’s clothing, taking into account the younger user’s more delicate frame. Infant releases are usually looser to allow maximum comfort.
Bright creates samples on dummy models first before beginning mass production to ascertain sizing. At times, up to four revisions may be done by the in-house pattern making team.
China’s range of baby and children’s spring and summer casual wear includes T-shirts, polo shirts, shorts, pants and clothes sets. The first is one of the largest categories.
Cotton is the typical material used during the season as its good breathability and moisture absorption are ideal for the weather. Many garments adopt only the fiber, while others infuse 5 percent spandex to increase elasticity.
Interlock, jersey or ribbed constructions are common. The fabrics are generally between 160 and 200gsm, but those for infant’s garments can reach 220gsm.
Baby and children's T-shirts for spring are often long-sleeved and come in textiles weighing 180 to 200gsm. Releases for the warmest months in the year have shorter arms and utilize 160gsm fabrics. Baby and children's shorts and pants for both seasons are available in interlock, poplin, velour and twill constructions. Jeans are usually lighter, ranging from 6 to 8oz.
In terms of embellishments, printed or embroidered cartoon character, animal and flower motifs are popular for spring and summer. Some styles also employ abstract patterns. The best-selling colors are pastel and bright hues of yellow, blue, pink and green. Many pieces come in white as well.
In the past quarter, most makers adjusted prices by 5 to 10 percent amid rising material costs, particularly for cotton.
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