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JACQUARD GUIDELINES

On Making Better Patterns

Jacquard constructions allow the designer to build a pattern into the structure of the garment itself. Compared to screen-printing or other forms of pattern design, jacquards are way premium.

Jacquard constructions allow the designer to build a pattern into the structure of the garment itself. Compared to screen-printing or other forms of pattern design, jacquards are way premium.

Let’s get technical

Jacquards are constructed through interweaving yarn to build the structure of a pattern into a garment. This comes with several strings attached:

No More Than 5 Colors

The more colours in the pattern, the thicker the garment. Two coloured patterns will alllllways be thinner than five coloured patterns – and we really have to cap the numbers of colours at five. No one wants to wear a rug.

P.S. Knitted masks and bags require a special structure. Only two and three colors can be used respectively for any given pattern.

All jacquards are constructed in our finest and tightest knitting structure, 12 gauge. Even if your pattern is pixelated.

Darker Bases Work Better

Remember how jacquards are made? Weaving all the colours of your pattern together causes the backing of your garment to be constructed in a ‘bird’s eye’ pattern, with each colour used repeating in a tightly bound structure. Aside from looking sickening, this also means that using a darker base colour tends to work better than a lighter base. Lighter base colours can be distorted by the pattern of the garment. This structure also means that when the garment is linked together, lighter colors may show through at the seam.

Ribbing Will Contrast

All jacquards are constructed in a solid colour, 1x1 rib. This means that the trims of your garment will be of a different shade than the main panel. Our recommendation: pick a bold color that will contrast.


On pattern scaling

When you place a production order for a full-bodied pattern design, our design team has got your back! We'll scale your pattern proportionally for different garment sizes. We've got the knack for getting those proportions just right. It's like a little secret we've mastered in the world of design. A pattern on a size M top will be proportionally smaller than the same pattern on a size XXL top. Trust us to work our design magic and make your patterns shine, no matter the size!

Designing a pattern that changes throughout the structure of the garment. We’ve got you covered. Your image will be scaled in proportion to changes made to the garment.

Full Bodied Patterns

Pattern in Size M

Pattern in Size XXL

Are you creating a coordinated outfit or collection with the same pattern? Remember to set the graphic pattern dimensions with consistent width and height across the different silhouettes as you design.

Identical pattern size on knitted garment top and bottoms, Size M.

Size the pattern graphic for the knitted garment top to X width and height.

Size the pattern graphic for the knitted garment bottoms to X width and height.

Your pattern graphic will be scaled proportionally for different garment sizes. A pattern on a size M top will not match a pattern on a size XXL bottom.

Pattern graphic on a size M (left) and size XXL (right)

Size M Top and Size XXL Bottom

Size XXL Top and Size M Bottom


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