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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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