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How to shrink?

How to shrink a brand Take five compression clothes with the materials: 92% polyurethane and 8% spandex without ruining it. It fits firmly or comfortably not tight as compression shoild be? Please help By: Tom Bicanic

News From the World of Jeans

  Image via Flickr     News from the world of Jeans!  This year is the 140th anniversary of Jeans.  Seems like only yesterday that these pants were first worn by farmers and ranchers!   Jeans come in all colors and now Ombre jeans where the color goes from light to dark.  ombre jeans galmeetsglam.com3/1/13 Cashmere Sweater Acrobat (similar here)/ Top PJK/ Jeans Armani Exchange/ Heels Manolo Blahnik (love the neon version)/ Bag Stella McCartney/ Jewelry Samantha Wills I can’t belive it’s already March. Just yesterday …   Speaking of color, remember the mood ring where the stone in the ring changed color with the mood of the wearer?  Who can forget the thermochromic t-shirts that changed color according to the body temp of the wearer?  Well, you guessed it, there are now thermochromic jeans that change color with heat.   Naked and Famous thermochromic jeans changes color with heat … www.digitaltrends.com2/26/13 Those looking for a pair of jeans that changes as their body temperature shifts can rest easy knowing these Naked and Famous denims exist.   For those who just want to repair their favorite pair of jeans and don’t own a sewing machine, here is the answer for you.   MAKE | Repair Your Pair (Of Jeans) blog.makezine.com2/28/13 If you’ve worn a hole in a favorite pair of denim blue jeans, check out this great little instructional video from Swedish jean company Nudie Jeans, showing you how to repair the hole using a bit of iron-on interfacing, a swatch … And that’s the jean news for casual Friday. Enjoy!          

Bleaching sheers

I would like to lighten the very deep purple sheers I have. Can I simply bleach them?

Fun and Games with Dyeing Fabric!

  Image via Flickr   Our columnist Dizzy Lettuce answers questions about dyeing garments and/or fabric and has a very informative article “Dyeing 101” where many questions are answered. Today I found more articles on dyeing including a tutorial on Ombre Dyeing. Stand and Deliver: Ombré dyeing tutorial: dip-dye   rixarixa.blogspot.com2/13/13 After batch dyeing 6 different hues for a duvet cover, I tried my hand at ombré dip-dyeing. Dharma Trading Co. advises starting with the lightest shade first, while Rit Dye’s tutorial starts with the darkest shade first. Which works …   Experimenting with dyeing brings this artist early spring colors using different techniques. Carol R. Eaton Designs: Fabric Dyeing! carolreatondesigns.blogspot.com2/19/13 Don’t get me wrong, I love and appreciate the colors of winter but by the end of February my soul needs a pick me up! I used the ice dyeing technique for the first three pieces. The next three incorporates confetti dyeing but …   Image via Flickr   As Dizzy Lettuce often says, “All dyeing is an experiment!”   More experiments with nice results were found at Milo’s Cave.Milo’s Cave: Yet More Dyeing miloscave.blogspot.com2/21/13 Since the previous post, I’ve had two more dye sessions. I still have not fully used up the dye concentrates I mixed over four weeks ago, now. The first session was aimed at making grays. I made four yards, I think, in four …   Enjoy!            

dye blue twill shirt black

Hi there, I have a really nice blue brush cotton twill shirt but I would love to dye it black. Here is a link to the actual shirt–twill-shirt.aspx  can you tell me if it will take a dye and if so what dye would you recomend? Any help would be appreciated tx By: andy

6 Fabrics with Surprising Animal Origins

  Image via Flickr       Humans have been wearing animals since the dawn of time; it is a survival tactic, protection from the elements and immediate injury, as humans physically don’t have skins that allow them to adapt to extreme temperatures and environments.   We all have an image of a stone-age ancestor wrapped up in the pelts and furs of animals -optional club in hand-but over the years humanity has developed more sophisticated ways in which to manufacture fabric from animals, so much so that one would almost not realize that the clothes you are wearing is technically not too much of a far cry from wearing pelts over our goose bumps.   Fleece   We all know this comes from sheep. We all know how the farmers shear their little sheep and end up with pillow of the stuff, and we see that without its fleece, the sheep looks more like a skinny, dejected goat. Not quite surprising, but then again, we are working our way up from the least surprising.   Fleece is made from the wool of the sheep, and is used mostly in blankets and winter-clothes. It can absorb up to 30% its weight in moisture without feeling damp and clammy. For this, it is used also in diaper covers and mattress pads. Its lightweight qualities make the material popular for mountain climbing clothing.   It is also naturally fire-resistant, self extinguishing when taken from the flames. Blankets made of wool have been known to effectively put out fires!   Image via Flickr           Alpaca   Alpaca fiber has been described as being similar to sheep’s wool, but warmer and non-itchy. It lacks lanolin, making it hypoallergenic, also enabling it to be processed without harsh chemicals and high temperatures.   The fiber comes from the Alpaca, an ancient breed from the Camelidae family which also includes the south american llamas, guanacos and vicunas, and the asian and African Bactrian and Dromedary camels. They had been domesticated by the Incas over 6,000 years ago, for their luxurious fleece which, due to its quality, was reserved for the nobility.   Among the superhero qualities of the Alpaca fiber include it being both fire resistant and water resistant. Meaning, those Incas have been using super powered, super fluffy fabric for over thousands of years!   Qiviut   Pronounced kee-vee-ute, it is unlike sheep’s wool in that it does not shrink in water at any temperature, which also eliminates it as…
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Reducing sparkle on fabric

I bought a costume and the fabric is a black polelyester/spandex and sparkles of glitter on the outside. It’s a bit too much sparkle for my liking. Is there any way to minimize and soften the appearance of the glitter? By: Travis