Morning Science

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two  pictures are below, one of a clear shirt, and another of the same shirt as viewed in a foggy bathroom mirror.

Now, putting on this shirt in the morning, I was very excited to see that there was no purple visible in the mirror’s fogged-up reflection, but the blue lines are fine (this was even more exaggerated a minute or so before I took the picture, look toward the top of the image for the most severe effect).

Even if you know it is there, and wanted to, you can’t really see any purple stripes in the fog.  I think the problem is almost the same as astronomers had seeing into forming stars- dust (or in our case, condensed water vapor) blocks light. The reason for this would be that shorter wavelengths are more easily blocked than longer ones (purple being of shorter wavelength than blue which is shorter than green; yellow; orange; red; and so on).

Astronomers solved this problem by instead of looking at the visible wavelengths, building telescopes which record (higher wavelength) Infrared light data.  They could then see through those bothersome clouds of dust surrounding all of the cool stuff going on at the birth of a star.

Unfortunately, I don’t have infrared-vision yet, so for now I’ll have to settle for just not looking for purple in a foggy mirror.

Weekend Tailoring

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Two weekends ago included a small family reunion (my grandfather’s 80th birthday party), which involved 20 people staying in my house (surprisingly, not uncomfortable at all), an interesting time at the new(er) arrowhead Melting Pot, and one of my brothers and I finally tailoring a few of our shirts.

The first thing I did was remove the collar from two shirts.  These were completely worn out, and since I still do laundry at home (moving into my apartment, with laundry, in 3 days!) my mother throws out/donates anything she sees that is  damaged.

thus is the penance for wearing stiff collars. closeup!

So, with my admiration for the Mandarin Collar (although I’ve probably only ever seen a handful), and with motivation from a recent post on Free-Man, the offending fabric was ripped out, and the seam was stitched back shut.

still has some pinholes and threads, needs to be washed.

The collar was removed on three shirts.

I then finally went and took in two shirts, my first being the purple checked shirt that I posted earlier. ( I have no good photos of the results. )

One shirt which had the collar damaged also had worn out cuffs, and was also too large.  That one got converted to a shirt-sleeved shirt, collar removed, and fitted.

Since that weekend I have altered at least 5 shirts, and repaired one pair of jeans (replaced/repaired the back pocket, re-sewed the seam since it was coming apart.

Tailoring My Clothes

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I decided a couple of months ago that I need a new wardrobe.  Most of my clothes are between four and six years old (that puts them at me having purchased them in middle school or freshman year of high school), so they are fraying and old and frankly never fit me well to begin with.  The last one is something I’ve always had trouble with, clothes never seem to fit me properly…

Anyway, until I can afford the the time and monetary cost that  are associated with an entire new set of clothes (hopefully sometime this summer), I decided to take another look at what I do have.   One thing I found was that I have a more than a few clothes that I never wear just because of how terribly they fit.

The most logical solution for this is simply, to make those clothes fit me. Since using a tailor invokes costs that I am ill-prepared to deal with (and also because I don’t know any that I trust), this will have to involve me learning how to adjust my own clothes. I am fairly confident is my sewing abilities, although I haven’t used a sewing machine in… quite awhile, but I hope I can make up for that in precision and caution (for great justice).

So, after spending quite a long time on the internet reading just about everything I can about the art of shirt-making and adjusting and tailoring (I really mean quite awhile, and I really mean “everything.” be warned when I get interested in something, it gets intense.), I decided to pin and measure a few of my shirts for adjusting.  (ridiculously-long sentence that somehow works when read out loud–check.)

So here is one of the shirts that does not fit (as a consequence I only wear this when it is the only thing clean) which was pinned and measured today to see if/how it would work.

This is what the shirt looks like on me unmodified.

So, I turned the shirt inside-out and started pinning it, when I realized that I only have three pins and two sewing needles in my dorm (this will have to be rectified when I move into the apartment…). I ended up using binder clips, then ran out of those, and had to resort to paperclips.  I ended up using four paperclips on each side (I did not want to mix pinning methods, although in hindsight that seems kind of silly) so this is not as clean as the real stitch will look (or even as it will look pinned properly), and there is a large fold visible on the side.

Much better, right? Then next time we can work on me getting some proper lighting for photographs (I will be moved out of this bat cave in one week!).

Now, I am seriously planning on doing this as soon as I get home for the summer (Friday), but for now, this is just another one of my crazy ideas and as such, it affords the “Quixotic” tag.  Anyone who reads this, hold me to my intentions so I can remove that accursed tag.


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