The Future of Fashion?

I came across this article Microbes are the ‘factories of the future and movie that shows Suzanne Lee of BioCouture that utilizes microbes for fashion material.  Weird?  Definitely, but what struck me about the direction this is going isn’t so much in the bizarre nature of wearing dead microbes that have created your jacket, skirt or shirt – it’s not even in the fact that you can toss it in the garden when you’re done with it because the product is compostable:  It’s in the area of where they are heading.

If you watch the video you’ll learn that Lee is looking towards the future.  She expects her clothing line to head into a realm of wearable living microbes.  She envisions us slipping into a garment that could have the potential to live with us for our well being.  We may even see a future where the garment we wear will have healing properties.  Feeling sick?  Pull out the Green Polo Shirt and head to work – you’ll be feeling better in no time.

It all sounds crazy but looking beyond it’s oddity, the whole concept lends itself to an eerie futuristic notion of wearing live clothes for the well being of your body and I’m just not sure how I feel about having a living organism next to my body. I’ll be watching and reading to see where this is going.  Hope you enjoyed a peek into the future with me.

Missed the link above?  Click here for the article.

Beginner Project!

If you’re new to sewing and it all seems a bit overwhelming, trust me, take it a bit at a time and you’ll be a well seasoned seamstress in no time.  But I must stress to you…take it with baby steps.

The Sewing Loft often has great tutorials that I’ve utilized in the past to learn what the heck I’m doing.  I found this great beginner tutorial from her hosted on The Shabby Creek Cottage.

Americana-Pillows

It’s a fabulous little pillow that can be done Americana as shown above… OR you can choose to use your own imagination and coordinate different colors or even.. a different shape!  Instead of a star use a circle….or two… or three!  Three in different colors!

Use this tutorial to let your creativity loose and see what you can come up with. Also, this tutorial has a link to a different tutorial for inserting a zipper into a pillow.  That tutorial is perfectly fine and here is another great tutorial from Make It Love It for you to use with the above tutorial: Zipper Tutorial.  Do not fear the zipper.  Trust me, it’s easier than you might think.

In the meantime, I am back to the sewing machine to bring you some pillow covers with unique fabric!  Sew Jam On!

Tiny & Cute DIY Christmas Totes

Christmas Tiny Tote by Sew4Home:

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While I haven’t had time to make this exact tote, I have made similar ones in the past.  The possibilities are endless with using felt & pipe cleaners – you can adjust this for any type of occasion from Christmas to Halloween to birthdays and anniversaries (and more!).  You can make them bigger (although not too much bigger with the material being used).  Detailed instructions (with photos!) are found by clicking here or the photo above.  Happy Holidays and Happy Sewing!

My Favorite Tote Tutorial

One of the very first things I learned how to make was a tote bag. I still have it and still use it. You can make one of these with virtually any material you just may need to use interfacing to help with the structure.

Here’s a super tutorial that will get you rolling. Don’t be intimidated by the reversible part – it’s super easy!

Tote Tutorial by Skip To My Lou

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Iron SaWVY!

Catchy title, eh?  Let’s chat about cleaning your beloved iron.  If you use and abuse your buddy like I do then in no time at all will you have a nice build up of gunk.  Fusing, setting it too hot for the fabric (and having an OOPS! moment), ironing hem tape – it can all leave a nice residue on your sole plate.  Most of the time placing your iron setting on cotton and wiping it off with a warm water-only soaked cloth will clean it up.

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Just in case that doesn’t do it for you, I have a very cheap method for cleaning the sole plate.  I’ve done it – it works like a charm every time.  Grab your iron and hit the kitchen supplies and grab a few toothpicks, vinegar, a box of wax paper and your refill container of table salt.  Yup, that’s it.  Empty your iron of any water and turn off any automatic steam settings.

Plug in your iron near your kitchen table on the cotton setting.  Rip off two sheets of wax paper big enough to make small circular motions with your iron.  Mine was about 1.5 feet.  Put both sheets together and lay out on your kitchen table – curly side down.  Hold it with one hand and pour about a half a cup of salt onto the wax paper. Keep hold of that wax paper or you’ll have salt catapulting all over your dining area!

Now iron the salt in slow circular motions.  Go ahead and take a quick peek – I know you’re dying to see if it actually works.  Guess what you’ll see?  The salt is taking on all the gunk.  Sole plate 1 – Gunk 0.  Continue to iron until all gunk is removed.  Keep in mind if you have a rather dirty iron you’ll probably want to ditch the dirty salt halfway through for a new round of salt.  The wax paper will also make your sole plate shine like rock star!

What about the toothpicks you say?  Well finish up with your iron, then set it down, shut it off and take a look at the steam holes.  Oh yes there is salt in them thar holes.  Grab a toothpick and flick those rocks out.  You’re almost done!  Now about that vinegar….

You emptied your iron before salt ironing and now we are going to fill it halfway with a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar – use nose plugs as necessary!  Fill your iron about halfway with the vinegar/water and head off to your ironing board.  Plug it in.  You should still have it on the cotton setting and if you have an iron that has the auto-steam you’ll want to engage that as well.  Grab an old piece of cotton fabric.  Steam away until all the vinegar is gone from your iron.  Now fill it halfway with distilled water and steam again until gone.

If you’ve survived the vinegar smell, congratulations, you’re done!  So let’s go over what you’ve done:

Salt and Wax = gunk gone; Vinegar = pipes cleaned; Y = YAY we’re done!

SaWVY awesome!