Testing Fabric For Shrinkage Part 2

Testing Fabric For Shrinkage Part 2

Why Test Fabric Shrinkage? You may recall that I began testing some new fabric for shrinkage. For fabrics that might shrink dramatically, I do this to make sure that (1) the completed garment won't shrink when washed (or if I have to dry clean it instead), and (2) if I will have enough of the pre-treated fabric to sew the garment…

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September Color Lover

September Color Lover

Southern California is having a sever drought. It has been going on for years. When I left in December of '08, we were having a drought. And now that I am back, we are still having a drought. It's just worse. Apparently, roses are low-water plants and grow well on 10-minutes of drip irrigation 2x a week. Many of my…

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Testing Fabric For Shrinkage

Testing Fabric For Shrinkage

Is That Fabric Washable? Dry cleaning is expensive and bad for the environment, so I avoid it as much as possible. To avoid dry cleaning my clothes, I try to sew with only washable fabrics (except for wool). It turns out that many of the fabrics that I would like to sew might or might not be washable. This means that if I…

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We Moved To California

We Moved to California

Two months ago, my family and I moved to California. I am working as a patent agent for a cool company called Obalon Therapeutics. Obalon is located in Carlsbad, CA, which is north of San Diego. I'm SO HAPPY to be here! Obalon makes the coolest product, a swallowable gastric balloon (the Obalon Gastric Balloon or OGB). No surgery is required to implant it, because the OGB…

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Rainy Day Color Lover

Rainy Day Color Lover

It has been raining a lot around here. So, to combat that strange rainy grey light and perk myself up, I like to wear bright colors. In that spirit, here is a Color Lover for rainy days. I took this photo of portulaca last summer. I hope that it perked you up too.

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Good Muslin Versus Bad

Good Muslin Versus Bad

If you fit your garments, you are probably in the habit of sewing test garments known as "muslins." Many people make these test garments out of a sturdy plain weave cotton fabric known as muslin. Thus the name "muslin" for the test garment. In the U.S., muslin is generally undyed, though one could use any plain weave fabric, such as quilting…

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PANTONE Fashion Color Report Fall 2015

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Fall 2015

This year's PANTONE Fashion Color Report came out this past February. I have been thinking about it for a while. Let's check it out. At first, I really didn't care for any of these colors. I am generally attracted to bright, intense jewel-like colors, so these colors seemed dull and grey to me. But, after working with these colors in…

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Dreaming Of Sobretto Tops

Dreaming Of Sobretto Tops

After giving is a try, I found that I really like Colette's Sobretto Tank. You can read my review here and here.  The Sobretto is a free pdf pattern that you can download here. It is really great blouse to wear under a suit jacket (with a few modifications) and would be terrific for the upcomming hot Summer weather. Lately,…

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YouTube Sleeve And Skirt Vent Tutorials

YouTube Sleeve and Skirt Vent Tutorials

These days, there are many excellent video tutorials on YouTube. Many are of high quality and very professional. I find them particularly helpful, because it is possible to re-wind the video and watch particular portions repeatedly. For example, when I wanted to learn how to knit two socks on one circular needle, I watched this tutorial by Staci of Very Pink…

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Embellished Invisible Zipper

Embellished Invisible Zipper

While I haven't had much time to work on my Vogue 9850 skirt, this afternoon, I was lucky enough to sew in and embellish the invisible zipper. I prefer to sew my invisible zippers in by hand, if the fashion fabric isn't too heavy. If you would like to learn how to hand-sew in an invisible zipper, which is usually referred…

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Vogue 9850 Skirt Part 1

Vogue 9850 Skirt Part 1

This is my next project, a Vogue 9850 skirt in Jacquard denim with a poly charmeuse lining. This pattern is no longer in print, but I have seen it on some vintage pattern sites.  I have had this pattern in my filing cabinet since the '80s and always wanted to make it.  At the time I bought the pattern, I had…

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Colette Sobretto Tank Part 2

Colette Sobretto Tank Part 2

As you know, I recently made my second Sobretto Tank, by Colette Patterns. For my first post, which describes how I fitted the pattern to myself, click here. This is my second post, which describes my embellishments. If you would like to see the ways other people have embellished the Sobretto Tank, check out my Pinterest board here. I am…

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