Monday, June 04, 2007

Wash-y Strings

I love the soft, furry strings that unravel and do the tango in the washer and dryer. I have a few yards washed and ready for sewing. There have been times when I've been so anxious to work on something that I don't wash the fabric first. Confessions of a cotton addict. If the un-pre-washed items happen to be a garment for me, I just give it to my sister afterwards. She is the exact cotton-shrink-up size difference from me in height and weight. It's perfect. Anyway, this fabric reminds me of a lush lawn with a few dandelions popping up and other summery things. So it'll be a summer dress with summery madras as straps and it will be worn by me, even after its been washed.

But for now, I'm author-girl, and until I change out of that cape, it'll have to wait all soft and wrinkley for me. xoAM


  1. Go, Author-Girl, go! I'm starring in the Adventures of Manuscript Maven this week, myself. My first "author review" of the book is due end of week. Sheesh, I forgot my cape! No wonder it's going so slowly. :)

  2. Ooooh, I confess that I never pre-wash fabric. I just add 2 inches extra to the bottom of every pattern, LOL!
    Good luck with your writing! As an author myself, I know that sometimes it is hard, but it is also very rewarding! I haven't written anything in a long time...these days, I'd much rather scrapbook or sew, LOL!

  3. Anonymous11:36 AM

    Ok, well you can't be "Author Girl" without having a few super powers! :D

    (Like say, sewing at the speed of sound, so you can whip up your lovely and write your book??)

  4. Good luck with "author girl". Hopefully starting tomorrow I will be fact-check girl again but oh, the lovely plans I have for my summer projects!

  5. Atet, when I first read your comment I thought it said "fat-check", and I thought, "OH I WANT A FAT CHECK!!"

    Obviously I could use my own "fact" checker :) AM

  6. Oh ..LOVE those fabs! Can't wait to see the finished dress! You have inspired me to sew for myself today.

  7. Anonymous2:06 PM

    Love that fabric - will make a cute-as-can-be dress definitely! I'm so excited for you, Author Girl!

  8. I have been looking through a Jolly Pack of all your Chocolate Lollipop fabrics. I am having a hard time figuring out what to make from your fabrics. I have been a good girl pre-washing fabrics, but I have not tried putting it in the dryer! Will the fabric look as before it was washed when you put it in the dryer?

    The dress will have to look great with those colors. Green is my favorite color!

    Hope the writing is going alright!

  9. Hi Knittacia!
    Yay a jolly lolli!
    There are some items I make with my fabric where it really matters to me whether or not the color stays intense or not. With this summer dress I am making, I did want to go ahead and let it do all its shrinking so I put it in the dryer. You will see a very slight drop in intensity of the color of fabric, but not a noticelable one to most.
    Since the dress is something I will want to wash and wear a lot, I'm thinking more function with it. With the applique skirt I made recently and shared on my blog a ways back, it was really important for me to retain the color and shape of everything, so I just have it dry-cleaned rather than ever laundering it. But I don't wear it as often so likely no harm done.
    These fabrics are dyed really well overall and should maintain good color as long as you always wash them gently in cold water and use quality soaps.

    Hope that helps! xo,AM

  10. Anonymous11:58 PM

    Fab fabrics! I too love a Wash-y String although I didn't realize it until now! :)

  11. Anonymous8:21 AM

    I save all those lovely ravelly strings to applique onto other things. Swooooon!

  12. There is nothing quite like the feel of a bright beautiful cotton fabric and it usually smells so good too. :)

  13. Anonymous2:12 PM

    Oooh I can jsut see the dress now! Keep your chin up and do your best, we are rooting for you and your new book.

  14. Will you ever be offering a pattern or patterns of your lovely creations?

  15. Hi Dana, I am working hard to be able to offer some patterns next Spring. Very exciting! My book will also have 24 sewing projects, so thats a lot of patterns for the price of one book :)
    Thanks for asking! xo,AM

  16. Hi Anna,
    My daughter loves to cut the washy strings for me! I can't stand them, so I'm glad she loves to! They get all tangled up together and it's one ball 'o string! Love these two prints together.......can't wait to see what you come up with! You clever girl, you! Looking forward to your book hitting the shelves, too! :) Just ordered 1/4 yard cuts of the whole Lolli line, from "Glorious Color" I think another quilt with some birdies is in the works....ohhh, that means more washies! Eeeekkkk...Love, Laurie~

  17. Anonymous10:33 PM

    Ok...I was really bad and order the entire FQ pack of lollipops...I sit and fondle it since thats all I have time for right now, for me its traveling girl this month, so I will practice and practice the single crochet stitch while riding through the air...maybe I'll get it!

  18. Oh have fun travel-girl! Wow that must be some super-hero-cape you have if you can fly and crochet at the same time. I'm still trying to get my author-girl cape to write for me as I sleep.

  19. Beautiful colors.
    Me encanta tu blog.

  20. Anonymous1:43 PM

    I love the washy strings! I always wonder what I could do with them. I do always prewash, though, because I'm terrified of something bleeding all over the project. You're braver than I! ~A :-)

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