Materials & Process

Yana Dee Fabrics

Bamboo or Soy & Organic Cotton blends are lightweight fabrics that have 3-5% spandex content, giving them a four way stretch and a lovely soft feeling and drape. This is the lightest weight fabric we use at Yana Dee. Because they are lightweight and come in a beautiful range of colors, these fabrics are ideal for sleeveless tops (including the Lena Top), summer dresses (like the Jayden Wrap Dress), and short skirts (such as the cutie patootie Petunia Wrap Skirt). Our wrap dresses and infinity dresses usually have the bodice cut from this cloth. For fancier items, like the Vienna Wrap Dress, we will use a double layer in the bodice for extra coverage and support. Most of our banded skirts (such as the straight-weave Grace Skirt) use a double layer of Bamboo or Soy & Organic Cotton for the waistband, which gives it a very comfortable, versatile fit and smooth coverage. This fabric makes great leggings too! Overall, we probably use more yardage of Bamboo or Soy & Organic Cotton than any other fabric in the studio.

Hemp & Organic Cotton Jersey is a mid-weight fabric that offers great coverage and a nice texture that softens as you wear and wash it. It is a bit heavier than Bamboo or Soy & Organic Cotton, but lighter than Hemp & Organic Cotton Lycra Jersey, and much lighter than Bamboo Fleece. It is a knit fabric, which gives it a nice bit of stretch, even though it contains no Spandex or Lycra. Because hemp is such a strong fiber, this is a very durable fabric. Because cotton and hemp are both natural fibers, this fabric is also breathable. Given all these factors, Hemp & Organic Cotton Jersey make great go-to dresses and warp skirts for all seasons. It can be layered over leggings in the winter, or worn on bare skin in the summer. Some of our favorite Hemp & Organic Cotton Jersey dresses are the long sleeved Juneberry Pocket Dress, the V-neck sleeveless Cindy Dress, the slip style Clarity Dress. As far as skirts go, the mid-length Clove Wrap Skirt and full length Irene Wrap Skirt are excellent options. This fabric can also be used to make good coverage and cozy tops, like the Eliana Top that features a beautiful cowl detail. The Violet Dress Coat is also made from this fabric, as are the Rosetta Yoga Pants. This fabric is so versatile and durable, it is one of our very favorites!

Hemp & Organic Cotton Lycra Jersey has a nice soft texture and a super comfortable four way stretch. It becomes softer with wear and is a durable and breathable fabric.

Straight Weave Fabric is breathable and does not stretch. Fiber content, drape, and feel varies by fabric.

Denim is a blend of organic cotton and hemp. Lightweight for a denim, this durable fabric provides excellent coverage and softens with use.

Ticking is a blend of organic cotton and hemp. This lightweight fabric has a nice drape and texture, and is the thinnest and most breathable of all the straight weaves.

Blue Bunting, Tan Tanager, and Garden are woven 100% organic cotton. They have a bit of structure and classic woven texture. They provide great coverage and soften with use.

Kaleidoscope, Blue Bella, and Cheery Cherry are 100% organic cotton sateen. They offer good coverage and are lightweight, with a satin feel and a semi-glossy surface that makes them ideal for special occasions.

Flower Stamp is 100% organic cotton muslin. This fabric has the most structure and texture of all our straight weave fabrics. It provides excellent coverage and softens with use.
Organic Cotton and Soy French Terry, is a medium to heavy weight fabric. It has a luxurious soft texture and a bit of stretch. ​
Pure Bamboo Fleece is a ridiculously soft fabric that is medium to heavy weight and has virtually no stretch . The inside texture is fuzzy and oh-so cozy, while the outside texture is polished, giving it a sophisticated sheen. 

Hemp and Organic Cotton Fleece is a medium to heavy weight fabric with a soft texture outside and a cozy “sweatshirt” feeling inside. It has a small amount of stretch.Made from Hemp & Organic Cotton Lightweight Yarn Dyed Jersey is a breathable fabric that has a nice soft texture and light stretch. The yarn dying yields a interesting variegation detail to the color.

Bamboo & Organic Cotton Jersey Stripe is a lightweight fabric with a subtle stretch and excellent drape.​

Hemp & Silk Charmeuse is a luscious blend of hemp and silk. Unique and durable, this fabric is uniquely reversible. The inside face of the fabric is a sturdy, natural hemp. The outside face is silk, which shows the luxurious glossy sheen of the silk charmeuse.

Why is the fabric we use important?

We continually have contact with fabrics from the time we are born. Unfortunately, the production of textiles often involves harmful processes and practices. The use of toxic chemicals has affected land, water, workers and consumers. Unsafe working conditions and child labor are more common than we’d like to admit. The environmental damage caused by the fashion industry worldwide is second only to oil production. The damage continues to be severe and there is still very little accountability to those that are inflicting the most harm. However, as consumers we do have choices, and by making careful buying decisions, we can help change the industry. I hope to be a part of that change by offering you fashionable, eco-friendly, ethically produced clothing and accessories.

To learn more about industrial textile production and brands to beware of check out:

The World Watch Institute
The Union of Concerned Scientists
International Program to Eliminate Child Labor

Because textile production can be so destructive to our planet and harmful to workers and consumers alike, I take the time and effort to only source fabrics that align with my values.

Organic and Natural Fibers

For my natural and organic clothing I have researched and sourced materials for sustainability, affordability, durability and comfort.  These fabrics not only look and feel wonderful; they are a great way to support organic agriculture and fairly traded goods.  All of the organic and natural fabrics I use meet the Global Organic Textile Standards.
As the blending and weaving of fibers becomes increasingly diverse, the range of incredible available fabrics grows.  I use organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, soy, silk, linen and combinations or blends of these fibers.  Many of the colors I use are custom dyed, inspired by native Michigan plant dyes and the Great Lakes landscape.  These rich and luxuriant fabrics are made to be lived in. I create my my designs to be functional, unique, and versatile.   The beauty is in the simplicity.  These clothes are easy to integrate into your existing wardrobe, they are fun to accessorize with, and can be layered, mixed, and matched to create a variety of looks.

Salvage & Re-Use Materials

Some of my designs are created from remnant or “waste” materials such as burlap coffee bags, leather, upholstery, boat canvas scraps, and more.  Often these “waste” materials are simply thrown away.  In New York City alone, over 18,000 tons of linens are sent to the landfill each year.  Salvaging materials not only rescues these valuable resources from the landfill, but it also fulfills my craving for patterns, colors, and textures.   The sheer volume and variety of these reuse materials has allowed me to explore designing with many different types of textiles and to be adaptive in my designs to the types of materials available. Using salvaged and re-used material results in limited edition and truely one of a kind clothing and accessories. These unique pieces can be found at my brick and mortor store in downtown Traverse City, and at any of my upcoming events

Waste Reduction

I highly value the fabrics and other materials I bring into my studio. Selected for quality, the raw materials I use are more costly than conventional fabrics. They also have a great deal of embedded energy from production, transportation, and storage. Because of this, I minimize waste in every stage of production, in order to maximize what can be produced from each yard. By cutting out each garment by hand, I can strategize placements of patterns to reduce waste, while integrating the direction of fibers into the finished design for optimum fit, comfort, durability, and drape. After cutting out what I need for special orders and inventory, I turn over the "scraps" to my team. They help sort, trim, and sew what could have been considered "waste" into smaller and smaller items. Largest pieces are used for panneled skirts and tops, and dresses for little girls. Smaller pieces are used for more intricately designed skirts and scarves. The smallest pieces are used for headbands and accesory embelishments. Truely zero waste seems like an impossibility, but I continually move closer to this ideal with new designs and inovative processing techniques.