ABOUT ROANOKE RAGS: Roanoke Rags is an American clothing company specializing in handcrafted jackets. Jackets are designed and made in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our jackets are made to fit and flatter real women today. Try one of our jackets and you’ll see how well they’re cut! Also look out for tops, and other items. Quality clothing should make a woman feel beautiful!
Our product is made in small batches or pre-order. We use American and premium imported denim from Italy, Japan, and Turkey, and other fabrics. We also use components made in the USA: YKK zippers, A&E thread, and labels. We are committed to design and quality.
It’s possible for us to make the boucle collar jacket in motorcycle denim. If you are interested in ordering a motorcycle jacket, contact us for price and to make a fit appointment. We can get Armalith® motorcycle denim, which is highly abrasion resistant. This type of denim gives you 4 seconds road rash protection (or about 167 feet) on asphalt. These jackets are available by special pre-order.
Lindy, the owner, is both designer and pattern maker. Lindy has a bachelor of arts in fashion design, and comes from a family that excels in art, music, crafts, woodworking, teaching and writing. She is also a musician and novice woodworker. She enjoys 3-D puzzles, and brings this approach to designing garments. She uses both draping and pattern making to develop a sketch into an actual garment.
The name “Roanoke Rags” is derived from the Indian word “roanoke” for shell money, and “rags”, which is industry jargon for denim or clothing. American Indians wampum beads, or roanoke, as money.
Our clothing is made in the USA, including the Blue Ridge Mountains. We thank you for your support in bringing manufacturing jobs back to America. This is important, since the US textile industry has lost almost 2 million jobs in the last 50 years!
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THE DESIGN PROCESS:
- An idea is sketched on paper.
- Next, a pattern is developed from a basic pattern block (or sloper).
- A test garment, or “toile”, is made out of muslin. The toile is checked for fit, and adjusted.
- Draping is another technique used for designing. Fabric is draped on a dress form to create a pattern.
- Typically, a toile is revised a few times before the design is satisfactory.
- Next the pattern is sewn and cut out of fabric. Fit adjustments are made.
- Once a design is finalized, a hard copy of the pattern is made in oak tag paper, and graded into different sizes.
It’s very satisfying when an idea transforms into a beautiful garment! Conversely, it’s very frustrating when an idea does not reach fruition and must be abandoned. Fashion design and pattern making is painstaking work. Sure, there are shortcuts, which often result in bland garments with poor fit. A well-designed garment simply requires work!
At Roanoke Rags, we believe a well-crafted garment is worth the pin pricks, toile and tears!
ABOUT ROANOKE, VIRGINIA
Roanoke, Virginia is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Come visit! Check out the Roanoke Star on Mill Mountain for a spectacular view of the city. You can also visit Mill Mountain Zoo zoo, or transportation and art museums. Roanoke hosts several festivals throughout the year and is the mountain biking capital of the eastern U.S. There are many hiking trails, as well as the Appalachian trail. The Roanoke area offers many different cuisines and breweries. Visit the following links for more information: