About The Shop
Delano Designs is a mother/daughter team based in Oregon, who are bringing their design dreams to life by helping you create a healthy and beautiful life you'll love.
All of our items are hand crafted in our bright and airy sewing room. Our process is environmentally friendly from the materials to our packaging.
- Our fabric is generally sourced from small women owned businesses.
- Our patterns are either made by us or are from small women owned businesses.
- Our items are made primarily from GOTS certified organic cotton.
- Our tags are made from organic cotton.
- Our threads are organic cotton or cotton.
- We use biodegradable cellophane bags for packaging.
- Our ironing board is covered with organic cotton and wool batting.
Our hand crafted process includes a number of steps.
- Fabric is prewashed in a non-toxic, fragrance free detergent or vinegar and baking soda. This preshrinks the fabric.
- Fabric is ironed.
- Fabric is cut.
- Fabric is sewn using a standard sewing machine and/or serger and/or cover stitch machine.
- Item is ironed.
- Item is packaged in a clear cellophane bag, and then placed in a mailer.
- Item is sent off to you!
So, Why Organic?
You've probably seen us mention that all of our fabrics are GOTS certified - but what does that mean, exactly?
GOTS stands for The Global Organic Textile Standard, the aim of which "is to define world-wide recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer." (global-standard.org)
From growing the cotton to producing the fabric, with a GOTS label present you can be assured your fabric is healthy and does not contain toxic dyes or chemicals such as formaldehyde, and that the workers behind it were paid a living wage.
Cotton is considered the world's dirtiest crop and accounts for 16% of the world's pesticide and 25% of the world's insecticide consumption. It is one of the top four GMO crops and in 2010 90% of the cotton grown in the U.S was genetically engineered.
The Benefits of Organic Cotton Include*:
- Softer than conventional cotton
- Conservation of wildlife eco-systems and water and land quality
- Cheaper to grow than conventional cotton
- Reduction of allergies in farmers and consumers
- Reduction in rates of respiratory and other health issues for farmers and consumers
- Reduction in environmental pollution as compared to conventional cotton farming
*For more information on the environmental and health impacts of Organic Cotton vs Conventional Cotton, please visit these sites:
Rodale Institute - Dig Deeper: Chemical Cotton
WWF - Cotton Farming
Huffington Post - Protecting our Planet and Protecting Ourselves: The Importance of Organic Cotton
Eco Choices - Conventional Cotton Statistics
The Faces Behind The Products
Alison Kelly - Owner, Creator, Designer
I learned to sew on a treadle sewing machine in grade school, and haven't looked back since, though my machine has gotten a little more sophisticated! Most of my earlier sewing years were spent making clothes for myself and family and friends. Later, I began to sew items for my home - and I fell in love with how a new fabric on a pillow, sofa, or draping the windows can completely change the feel of a room! I became an interior designer so I could have the opportunity to design to my hearts content, explore a variety of styles and looks, and help provide people with not just beautiful spaces, but healthy ones as well. However, after my first grandchild was born, I began looking into the world of organic crib bedding, and I discovered that nothing out there really inspired me - that's when my daughter and I delved into the world of bedding, clothing, and more! Now I can really indulge my love of fabric and sewing, and work with my daughter! What could be better??
Andrea Smyth - Assistant, Creator, Marketer
With the birth of my son in 2015 a new aspect of my self was born, and she is called "Mom". Jumping headfirst into this new world of Motherhood has not only helped me focus on what is truly important to me, it has also ignited my passion for thinking about the needs of other moms and babies around the world. This new thought process is now being put to use, and is reflected in the additional items that we are and will continue to be adding to Delano Designs' product line.
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