Polartec: Why I love it.

I love love love Polartec fabrics.

My business started  as a home based shop when I moved to Vermont with my family. Fleece was all the rage here then, although not so well-known, (at least to me), as it is now. Because of customer demand I started working with fleece fabrics. I was so happy to find that the best source of the best quality fleece was made in USA in nearby Massachusetts. Then called Malden Mills, where fleece was invented, I began my love affair with their fabric. Now called Polartec, the fabrics they produce continue to be premium quality, durable and long lasting, easy care wash and dry and resist pilling wash after wash.

 

 

Polartec Yoga style PantMy all time #1 favorite is Power Stretch®.

This line was great from the start but over the years has been improved and many varieties are now available. My current favorite are the smooth faced with a nylon surface and a soft brushed fleece on the inside. This is an amazingly durable fabric and makes really great feeling and totally cozy warm clothing. I like it best for pants because with the spandex stretch it holds its shape so well.

This fabric is a joy to work with, is a pleasure to wear and is the most comfortable I have ever worn. I  have a pair of these in every style I make and often take the first one for myself before I even put them up for sale. The smooth outer surface looks great and wash after wash it never pills or looses its shape the way some knits can.

 

More details from the Polartec Website:
 Polartec® Power Stretch®
ELASTICS NEED TO STRETCH WITHOUT STRAINING

We expanded our base category’s range of motion with the invention of Polartec® Power Stretch®. Many elastics can stretch during physical activity, but lack the tensile strength to recover their original shape. We make stretch fabric that goes the distance and always retains its form, fit, and function. With Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro we take our stretch expertise and strengthen it for further durability and abrasion resistance. These base fabrics have become iconic in the industry, but don’t be fooled by stretch alone. If it doesn’t have the Polartec® label it’s missing more than you think.

Polartec® Power Stretch® fabrics feature body-hugging 4-way stretch and are very breathable. They keep you dry when you sweat and provide warmth without weight. These are the most versatile outdoor and fitness clothing fabrics available today. Many of the fabrics feature a proprietary construction with two unique surfaces: the durable, smooth outer layer is wind- and abrasion-resistant; the soft inner layer pulls moisture away from your skin keeping you dry, warm and comfortable. Other fabrics in the series feature compression stretch which can improve performance and reduces the chance of certain types of stop-go injuries. Climbing, running—even taking on an Ironman competition—are easier when your clothing doesn’t inhibit freedom of movement.

 

Poalrtec Royal Blue Fleece VestMy Second favorite in the Polartec Classic

I use a lot of the classic polartec, often called 200 weight as well. This is the originaltype of fleece that then Malden Mills made when Fleece was first invented. This fabric has the brushed fleece finish on both sides and is loftier and softer feeling.This cozy brushed blanket is a perfect choice for wrapping up babyWithout the stretch it works better for tops, jackets, and Women’s VESTS, which  are a best seller.

 

 

 

 

 

Polartec Fleece Hats: 7 SiblingsI make the seven siblings style hat in every color I have and make a few every time I cut any other style or i run out of them quickly.

 

 

 

Polartec Teal Purple buntingMost of my infant styles are made with the classic Polartec as well: Blankets, Buntings, and Hats among them.

More details from the Polartec Website:
Polartec® Classic
THE OUTDOOR WORLD NEEDED A GAME CHANGER

In 1981 we created a synthetic fabric technology that was more lightweight, breathable, and faster drying than all its predecessors. Polartec® Classic fleece established itself as the cornerstone for insulating materials and forever changed the way the world dresses for cold weather. This invigorated the entire outdoor industry and cemented our roots as pioneers of innovation. Our fleece remains a premier insulating fabric with versatile capabilities and an ever growing list of applications. Where a fabric is born makes all the difference. Only Polartec® Classic fleece comes direct from the source in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Polartec® Classic fabrics are the reference standard for lightweight warmth and breathability. This is the original fleece offering unparalleled quality and durability. Polartec® Classic fabrics have been the primary insulation layer of choice among experienced outdoor enthusiasts for nearly three decades.

These fabrics are available in a range of weights to provide the right level of insulation for most outdoor activities. Polartec® Classic 100 weight fabrics are the lightest and are excellent for a warm first layer or lightweight sweater, ideal for biking, trail running, and backpacking. Polartec® Classic 300 weight fabrics are the heaviest and provide a warm thermal layer for very cold outdoor activities, such as wintertime adventures. Halfway in between are Polartec® Classic 200 weight fabrics, providing outstanding warmth and versatility.

 

Peace, Beth

Please visit boysenberry to shop for an ever changing line of clothing using the incredible fabrics from polartec

Winter Baby Gift Ideas

Welcome to the world winter baby!

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I love to see them all bundled up when all you can see is a sweet little pink face, big blue eyes and chubby cheeks peeking out among all winter baby wear. There is nothing sweeter then a baby and a baby in softy fleece is even better.

 

I’m a winter baby and I was thinking there must be ton information out there on the topic of winter baby so I searched around and of course there is no lack of info on the subject. I found an article on Lumosity.com that made me particularly happy about how winter babies are smarter than summer babies that sites a study that “found that winter babies (born in winter and spring) were on average both bigger and brighter than their summer (born in summer and fall) counterparts.” (See Article) I might also add that my mother has reminded me many times over the years that, (at a whopping 7 LBS 4OZ), I was her biggest baby. She never tells me that I’m the smart one but I think that it goes without saying. So while you are putting on all those winter warm up layers, just tell yourself it’s adding to the brain activity of baby.

 

Fleece Baby BuntingA specialty of boysenberry is clothing for a winter baby.
A winter baby can be particularly troubling for a new mom because of worries about the cold and I like to think I am helping to relieve some of this worry by offering warm cozy clothing as well as adding a unique flair and fun colorful choices for winter cheer. Buntings.
One of things I’m proud to say about boysenberry is each of my pieces is hand cut and sewn individually in the studio in the store and these days made in American clothing is a little hard to come by. I use only Polartec® fleece because of its incredible high quality, amazing choice of colors and, I’m so happy to say, it is also made in the USA. I probably shouldn’t say this but these are heirloom pieces for future babies. I know that the quality of the Polartec® Fleece is such that it can be passed down and still look great.

 

Blanket Hat and Blanket gift set Using this wonderful fabric I’ve created a line of warm, fun and, as always, colorful winter wear for babies. Our buntings, hats and blankets colors all coordinate with each other and use the same high quality fleece.
The Primary Colors gift set is a particularly good choice if you are giving a gift when the gender of the baby is yet unknown and a lot of parent prefer to dress the baby is clothing other then pink or blue. All our buntings, hats and blankets colors coordinate with each other and use the same high quality fleece. So mix and match and be sure that your choices will look great together!

Take joy in your winter gift of a new baby! and once again:

Welcome to the world winter baby!

Peace, Beth