Entries Tagged as 'Fabrics for Dummies'

How to do laundry

posted on: September 27, 2012

Illustration by me, click for larger version // poses found here and here

I love our washing machine. The first year we lived here, we didn’t have one, so we had to use the communal machine in our building. It’s in the basement in the next building. We live on the 5th floor. There’s no elevator. I’m sure you can understand what a difference that machine did, so it’s not so strange that it inspired an entire blog post. The main reason, though, is that I see so many people doing their laundry in a less-than-optimal way, causing a lot more work than it has to be. Be smart. Read this blog post.

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Fabrics for Dummies: all those random things

posted on: November 30, 2011

Finally, the final post about fabrics (and thank-you-glitter to Maja for adding her own tips and being a fabulous cheerleader). It’s a little text-heavy, but I’m sure you can handle it. I hope this has been helpful, and that you’re all a little less lost (say that three times fast) when you’re out in those shops. If you have any tips of your own to add, by the way, it would be appreciated!

How to become a fabric connoisseur

- PRACTICE. Every time you’re shopping, getting dressed, getting undressed, feel the fabric. Look at how it drapes. Guess what it is. Check the label.
– make educated guesses (perhaps based on what you learnt in my previous fabric posts?). If you’re at H&M, looking at a knitted sweater, and it costs 149,- NOK – what is more likely, that it’s made of wool or acrylics? (yeah, it’s the last one)
– always check the fabric before buying. This applies especially to more expensive items that you consider investments. A high price and/or luxurious brand does not necessarily equal a quality fabric, as you could simply be paying for the logo or their exorbitant print ad.

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Fabrics for Dummies: natural fibres

posted on: November 4, 2011

Time for another post about fabrics for dummies, don’t you think? This time, natural fibres. As wool got its own post, this one will cover the rest of the most common naturals: cotton, linen and silk. A post on leather/fur might come up at a later point once I get to study up on them. Let’s get to it!

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Fabrics for dummies: synthetics

posted on: October 12, 2011

Wool might have gotten its own post, but the synthetic fibres can share one, I think. Not because they’re all bad, mind, but simply because they share a lot of attributes. Let’s start with how they are made, shall we? I’ll try to keep it simple.

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Fabrics for dummies: wool

posted on: October 10, 2011

Firstly: WHOA. You guys gave some pretty amazing feedback on my first Fabric for dummies-post! It is clear that you’re interested in this, so I thought I’d get my first fabric-post out there sooner rather than later.

Wool deserves its very own post. From September to April, wool and I are pretty much lovers. We even occasionally snuggle up during those other months as well. You see, wool has so many excellent qualities I simply cannot stay away. But first, let’s just do a quick one on what wool actually is.

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Fabrics for dummies

posted on: October 9, 2011

Yesterday I was out looking for a new winter cardigan. I ventured out, and as usual I checked the tags (like the one in the picture above) before I even considered trying anything on. After a while I got frustrated with the amount of acrylics and polyester that pretended to be wooly knits, and I looked around to see if I was alone in my disappointment.

That’s when I realized that not a single other person in the shop was looking at the tags. I spied on the other shoppers for quite some time, but not one tag was looked at by anyone. Darlings, I cannot stress this enough: you need to know your fabrics. And I’m going to teach you.

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