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Cotton, non-synthetic (or low% synthetic) sports bras?

I have a sports bra that I bought in 2005 - Jockey, cotton, a bit of stretch - and it has outlasted a plethora of synthetic sports bras. When I shop at Target, Athleta, etc. all I see for sale are 100% synthetic bras that stretch out of shape, make me feel claustrophobic and get icky when they're wet. Help me find the Platonic Ideal of Cotton Sports Bras again. [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Jul 30, 2014 - 9 answers

What should I knit with this variegated cotton yarn?

Last summer, four days before my daughter was due, I acquired two and a half skeins of Cascade Luna Paints yarn in colorway 9792, to knit a coming-home hat and booties and maybe even a weensy little lovey blanket. Well, the baby came two days early and the hat never got beyond a brim, and now she's a happy toddling thing who has NO interest in hats or booties. I have an emotional attachment to the idea of using this yarn for this child. What should I use the yarn for instead? [more inside]
posted by SeedStitch on May 26, 2014 - 21 answers

Cute, trendy, natural fabric garments for a 20-something woman?

I'm a 24 year old woman who needs to do some serious wardrobe updating. I'm tired of rayon and polyester, especially for summer. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on May 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Why do farmers use "hybrid cultivars" that don't re-seed?

I recently read this terribly sad article in the Guardian, which describes how cotton farmers in India "must purchase fresh seeds as retailers sell them only as hybrid cultivars, which prevents growers from replanting them the following year." [more inside]
posted by greenish on May 9, 2014 - 20 answers

Laundry challenge!

So, I am wearing a dress today that I haven't worn since last summer, because it's a warmer weather dress (a green gingham version of this dress, actually). Upon changing a work from my riding clothes, I discovered an odd, yellow stain on it. The stain didn't respond to soap and water and I couldn't figure out what it was. Then I noticed a similar residue in the pocket. So now I figure that the last time I wore it, I left some multivitamins in my pocket, and washed and dried (and somehow ironed without noticing this? I need better light in my place) the dress with the multivitamins in the pocket. Do I have any hope of lifting the stain now after all this time and after heat has been applied? What should I do to improve my chances of getting it without destroying the fabric?
posted by Kurichina on May 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Educate me on yarn please

How the hell do people knit with/wear wool without wanting to scream from the scratchy awfulness? How can I tell from squeezing a ball of yarn whether or not it will be a good yarn to knit with in terms of comfort and longevity, etc. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Mar 10, 2014 - 25 answers

100% cotton underWHERE?

Gap Body has discontinued my favorite underwear that I have worn for years. Please help find me a suitable replacement. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Feb 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Can you help me track down this Italian cotton shirting fabric?

Bought a remnant of this fabric at Nancy's Sewing Basket in Seattle, and was told there was no chance of getting more or finding out any information about it (the bolt with the item and vendor numbers had been discarded.) I need more, and AskMefi has found stranger things. Pictures within. [more inside]
posted by doift on Jan 31, 2014 - 1 answer

The Mystery of the Blue Spots: Why do my clothes get stains in the wash?

In the last few weeks, blue stains have shown up on my daughter's shirts after washing them. They weren't there before I washed the clothes. They don't show up on anyone else's clothes. I can't get them out. Any ideas about how to get the stains out and how to prevent other shirts from getting stained? [more inside]
posted by TEA on Oct 18, 2013 - 12 answers

I'm looking for a waxed canvas/ waxed cotton bag..

I'd like to get largeish waxed canvas or waxed cotton shoulder/messenger bag. Large enough to hold a number of vinyl records (12x12), bigger is ok, smaller won't work. I'm looking for waxed cotton because it is waterproof and looks cool, but other fabrics would be ok if they don't have logos and are also waterproof.
posted by kittensofthenight on Aug 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Where to buy girls' cotton nightgowns?

I'm looking for 100% cotton summer nightgowns for Go Banana jr., which is proving to be much more difficult than expected as everything appears to be polyester (so they don't burst into flame, apparently). I found exactly what I want through Boden, but alas they are entirely sold out in her size. Where can I buy these? It would be ideal to buy them in person in the Toronto area, but on-line is also fine. I'm looking for size 7-8.
posted by Go Banana on Jul 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Desperately seeking heavyweight black v-neck t-shirts

My favourite t-shirts are on their last legs, and the place where I bought them (Principles for Men) no longer exists. They're black, v-neck, with side seams and vents, and very much designed as outerwear. The fabric is heavy, perhaps even a little heavier than Hanes Beefy or Fruit of the Loom Heavyweight (6.1oz) and most store/fancy-brand shirts use much thinner cloth. Any suggestions? US sources as a first option, but ones in the UK are useful as well.
posted by holgate on May 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Why don't my 100% cotton shirts all feel the same?

I've a variety of 100% cotton shirts in my closet with a variety of different feelings and textures! How can this be? Some of them are rough and stiff feeling while others are light and soft. I've seen terms such as "thread count", "knit", and "weight" but I don't know how they relate to what I'm wearing. Also those variables don't appear to be listed on the shirt tag anywhere! I often shop online and it'd be nice if I could have some idea of what any given shirt is going to feel like before I order it.
posted by TheGuyWhoSucks on May 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Cotton Anniversary ideas

Last year my wife and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary (paper anniversary) by writing a joint academic paper and delivering it at a (enormously fortuitous) conference which spanned our two very different disciplines. In a few months (Late June) it is our cotton anniversary. What can we do that is similarly themed and awesome? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Feb 10, 2013 - 14 answers

Wide Ribbed 100% Cotton Underwear that Stretched to the Moon

The underwear that got away 10 years ago is still keeping me up at night. (Melodrama) [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Jan 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Will I regret buying a cotton hoodie from this retailer?

Have you ever purchased anything from Rawganique? If so, what was the experience like? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Dec 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Out out damn spot

How to get blood out of a sweater (silk/cotton/cashmere blend)? [more inside]
posted by hrj on Nov 29, 2012 - 13 answers

My robe is more wrinkled than I am

I just finished sewing a kimono-style bathrobe out of 100% woven cotton fabric. When it came out of the dryer, the belt, bottom hem, and front band were wrinkled enough that I had to iron them. Ironing a bathrobe is not what I signed up for! Short of taking the robe apart to put interfacing in to prevent wrinkles, is there anything I can do? In case it matters, I have a HE front-loading washer and the matching dryer; the robe was washed in warm water and dried on normal heat, then removed immediately. The fabric was washed once before being cut, and I was scrupulous about laying the pieces out on the grain.
posted by DrGail on Jun 25, 2012 - 5 answers

I'll be back next year to talk about leather.

Cool wedding anniversary gift - Cotton Anniversary [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Jun 14, 2012 - 16 answers

I wish I didn't have to make a Rick Santorum reference here

Recommend for me some 100% cotton vests I can wear in the summer time to replace my sweater vests. I'm a guy. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Mar 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Old school swim suit

Ladies, please? Does anyone have any ideas on where to find a plain old COTTON swim suit? [more inside]
posted by henry scobie on Mar 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Where can I buy lightweight, beachy cotton and linen clothes in NYC or online?

Where can I buy lightweight, beachy cotton and linen clothes in NYC or online? I'm going to Thailand in February and need protection from mosquitos and the sun. [more inside]
posted by Viola on Jan 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Down vs. cotton vs. silk blanket/comforter

I own this down alternative comforter. It causes me to wake up with sweaty legs, so I'm looking for a replacement. This article recommends that people in my situation should go with silk or cotton instead of down. Is there an advantage to do that over just getting a thinner down comforter? Note: my bedroom ranges from 62-65 at night.
posted by lunchbox on Dec 22, 2011 - 7 answers

What do you call super-soft denim?

What is this fabric? Why is it so soft? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Oct 23, 2011 - 3 answers

What's causing me to get holes in my socks so quickly?

What's causing me to get holes in my socks so quickly? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Oct 22, 2011 - 19 answers

Will it quilt?

How can I tell if vintage fabric (some lovely old printed tablecloths with no labels) is 100% cotton? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 27, 2011 - 5 answers

This tension is making me sew angry!

New sewing machine rawr! I am trying to take in my pants, but I can't get the correct tension no matter what I do! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Sep 4, 2011 - 20 answers

Significance of cotton ball taped to water bottle in hotel room?

I'm staying at a hotel in Taipei. After the last time my room was cleaned (that is, earlier today), I noticed that a partially-consumed water bottle I'd left in my room had had a cotton ball taped to it. Any idea what the significance of this might be?
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh on Jul 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Need a duvet cover that keeps me cool.

I bought a cotton duvet cover a few years ago that is wonderful - it stays cool and if you ever get too warm, you can just flip it over. Unfortunately the store I got it from is now closed and I can't get another one. The other duvet cover I have keeps me way too warm at night time, even with the same duvet underneath. I've noticed that the cool duvet cover feels silkier than the warm one, but is still made of cotton. Where can I get a duvet cover that keeps me cool? What should I be looking for? Also bonus points for any links to places that ship to Canada.
posted by ajackson on Jul 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Acid wash cotton does not belong in my house.

Cotton twill fabric developed acid-wash effect after a trip through the washer. Another wash didn't fix it, what is wrong and what do I do? [more inside]
posted by momus_window on Apr 2, 2011 - 9 answers

As seen on tv... but where can she buy it?

As seen on tv - help me find a top please! My daughter-in-law has fallen in love with a top (or very short dress?) worn by a guest on To Buy Or Not To Buy (BBC iPlayer link available until Tuesday 8 March) and I'd love to help her find it. [more inside]
posted by ceri richard on Mar 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Need disposable all-cotton post-surgical underwear

Disposable cotton underwear for post C-section -- where to find? NO LATEX! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Feb 16, 2011 - 22 answers

Durable, cheap Cotton/Polyester tshirts online

Where to buy Tshirts that are cool and not weird...no skulls or biker tshirts. I am tired of buying from Nike, adidas, walmart etc I am open to shops although prefer websites that carry cool Cotton/Polyester tshirts. I hate plain ones or too much graphic ones.
posted by daveg02 on Jan 21, 2011 - 22 answers

Treat with Kid Gloves

I need to find a variety of gloves for kids, preferably cotton. Not really winter gloves. More of an everyday glove. And variety is key. I tried Etsy, Amazon, Google. Mostly finding wedding or Fancy Ball gloves. How about fake claws? Polka dots? Hoofs? [more inside]
posted by 0BloodyHell on Sep 18, 2010 - 20 answers

Stinky flower

SmellFilter: How can I wear stuff that is a cotton/poly blend without getting armpit stink? Or is it only me who can smell it? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Aug 25, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me archive my T-shirts

I want to properly archive a large collection of T-shirts. What's the best way to store these, considering that the most important part is the print, which is made of Plastisol, a PVC-based ink? [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on May 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Bruschetta + trousers = :(

Stainfilter: I spilled a tasty-but-volatile cocktail of bruschetta topping (raw tomato, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, salt, ground pepper) on a pair of gray 97% cotton/3% spandex trousers. I threw them in the wash immediately (cold water, Woolite Black and vinegar) but the stain is now even worse. Can you save my favorite pants? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on May 20, 2010 - 13 answers

Can I get away with putting these "line dry" pants in the dryer?

LaundryFilter: I recently bought some stretch cotton pants. According to the label, stretch cotton is defined as c. 97-98% cotton, with the remainder being spandex. Unfortunately, that very same label informs me that I'm supposed to line dry these pants, which is enormously inconvenient for me. Could I get away with putting these through a few minutes in a regular dryer on the low dry/delicates setting or would that destroy the pants? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Apr 7, 2010 - 17 answers

Where can I find all-cotton wrinkle-free shirting fabric by the yard?

Where can I find all-cotton wrinkle-free shirting fabric by the yard? [more inside]
posted by dbolll on Feb 3, 2010 - 2 answers

paging Lady Macbeth

Suggestions for removing large, set-in blood stains from cotton fabric? [more inside]
posted by happy scrappy on Sep 11, 2009 - 22 answers

Basic Black Underwear

Basic black women's underwear. . . it shouldn't be this difficult to find, should it? [more inside]
posted by mai on Aug 29, 2009 - 33 answers

Printing custom ribbon?

What technique and supplies are used to print on cotton tape/ribbon? [more inside]
posted by Ugh on Aug 9, 2009 - 1 answer

Where to buy unlined linen or other lightweight jacket online?

Where can I buy an unlined or lightweight men's linen jacket or similar like this for very hot, humid Kyoto summer? Must be worn with white dress shirt, tie and black pants. Degree of difficulty: 46L/XL and shipping to Japan. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto on Jun 25, 2009 - 14 answers

Why are ironing instructions on cotton shirts inconsistent?

Why do different pure cotton shirts suggest that they be ironed at very different temperatures? [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Jun 22, 2009 - 9 answers

Seeking one-piece, footless pajamas

Where can I buy one-piece, footless pajamas made of soft, medium-weight cotton, that aren't meant to be underwear? [more inside]
posted by poulet on Nov 15, 2008 - 12 answers

Hey Junior, why are you so rashy on your wrists and neck?

Is there anywhere that sells all-cotton winter coats for toddlers? My fragile son has skin allergies and while the usual mountain climbing gear may be great for all of those two-year-olds who are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, what about the kids who need their skin to breathe free, man? [more inside]
posted by Overzealous on Oct 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Where does this shirt pattern come from?

What is the origin of these shirts? I have this shirt. i want to know where it comes from. not where it's made, but where in the world does this pattern and style come from? PatternShirt01.jpg PatternShirt02.jpg thanks!
posted by karl88 on Jul 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Comfort(er) cotton or wool?

Buying a new comforter: cotton or wool? [more inside]
posted by Sagres on Jun 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Dying cotton clothes without shrinking them?

Is it possible to dye white shirts and dark blue shirts (both 100% cotton with a shelf bra that is 95% cotton/5% spandex) black without shrinking them? [more inside]
posted by flyingcowofdoom on Apr 8, 2008 - 6 answers

athletic tshirts

Looking for Athletic-fit cotton t-shirts...more inside... [more inside]
posted by ataraxian on Mar 31, 2008 - 9 answers

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