Physics Grad Is Also Self-Taught Seamtress

She created her own kids' clothes line, and is now prepping to sale her wares at Saturday's Crafty Bastards arts fest.

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She has degrees in both applied physics and electrical engineering. But who needs physics when there's crafting to be done? Viboonrattana Mu To-Sanguan is the creator of children's apparel line Lil' Fishy.
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She's now prepping to sell her wares for the first time at the Crafty Bastards arts fest this weekend.
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While babysitting, the Bangkok-bred Viboonrattana, who goes by Mu, thoughtnthat she could "make something cuter" than what she saw thoses kiddos wearing.
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Mu taught herself to learn how to sew and design clothing using online tutorials. After watching many videos online and getting her drawings together, she launched Lil' Fishy in 2003.
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Mu will be a first-time vendor this year at the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair in Adams Morgan, where indie artists display and sell "alternative arts and crafts."
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Her home is now packing with fabrics and sewing supplies.
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Sponsored by Washington City Paper, the fair (18th and Wyoming streets N.W.) runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, and also featured food vendors, live entertainment and most importantly, free admission.
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The brand's eco-friendly signature designs, including hand-drawn monkeys,nowls and penguins, are silk-screened, hand-sewn and hand-dyed onto everythingnfrom onesies and tees to ponchos and bibs.
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The name combines Mu's astrological sign (Pisces) and a reference to rappers like Lil' Jon and Lil' Kim.
Drawing inspiration from her native Thai culture and from her time spent asna babysitter reading children's books, Mu's designs are both whimsical andncartoonish.
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