I need to find a fabric match for a seat cushion, but the furniture manufacturer doesn't exist anymore. Is there any hope for me? [more inside]
posted by lettersoflead
on Sep 17, 2013 -
We have cats and, unfortunately, love them very much. We keep their nails clipped and have lots of scratching posts, but they still sink their little claws into everything. Are there fabrics, either for rugs or couches, that you've found work better with cat claws? I was told that things like microsuede provide less purchase for their little pointy claws -- is this true? What fabrics should we avoid?
posted by lillygog
on Sep 8, 2013 -
For anyone with sewing experience, can you recommend sources for modern clothing patterns and fabrics? For style, think Anthropologie, but the less frippy pieces - simple, easy, drapey. For fabric, I'd like soft, high-quality cottons in a good range of colors. (I never see that kind of thing at fabric stores, so I'm guessing I'll have to order online.) [more inside]
posted by ella wren
on Sep 6, 2013 -
I have made several cute things for my kid out of this fabric
. A Spanish-speaking friend recently had a baby, and I'd like to find a similar pattern (but in Spanish) to make them a gift. [more inside]
posted by Siobhan
on Aug 22, 2013 -
I want to explore animating fabric being folded, cut and stitched in 3D. Is there any particular 3D software that would make simulating this particularly easy, or even just marginally easier than others? Or is it actually pretty basic? I can spend a bit... [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin
on Aug 21, 2013 -
I am looking for the dress worn by the character "Ruth" in the Pedro Almodóvar film I'm So Excited
. Is this dress (same style and fabric) available for purchase? [link to photo of dress inside] [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 1, 2013 -
I've got a length of gorgeous African fabric...with the image of a terrible dictator on it. What should I do with this? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa
on Jul 31, 2013 -
I'm a novice to sewing and I'm also a novice to being an aunt. Suggestions for online fabric stores with durable/washable/adorable fabric? [more inside]
posted by lydhre
on Jul 24, 2013 -
I Want It Now Filter - footstamp mix: I want to get this caftan
and swan around in it all summer, I do not want to pay AUS 500 for it. Does anybody know where I can get a dupe for it, or some similar fabric?
posted by tel3path
on Jun 29, 2013 -
Spurred by the events in Bangladesh, a growing dissatisfaction with clothing quality, as well as an oddly shaped body that doesn't conform well to rack sizing, I've decided to commit to making more of my own clothing. I know how to operate my sewing machine. I know how to read a pattern. I frankenstein and repurpose clothes on the regular. I need some advanced basics to take it to the next level. [more inside]
posted by lilnublet
on May 23, 2013 -
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 -
An enthusiastic but unskilled n00b needs help putting together a Spoonflower fabric design. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg
on Apr 16, 2013 -
I'm looking for fabrics and sewing notions in Berlin. Large selection of fabrics, especially home decor would be great. Google is not helping me.
posted by buck:fuller
on Jan 26, 2013 -
A couple of years ago I found the best black leather jacket ever, and I diligently applied some sort of waterproofing/leather protectant spray every few months for the first year. It's been pretty well-loved since then, and is starting to show slight signs of wear--nothing major, but enough so that I don't want it to get worse. How can I restore it to its former glory and keep it protected so I don't have to think about buying another one for many years? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone
on Jan 25, 2013 -
Do you think that silk dupioni is the best choice of fabric for my wedding dress when I am plus-sized? I have described it in detail inside. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee
on Jan 23, 2013 -
My son's school has a "100th day of school" t-shirt project coming up, requiring 100 of something to be on the shirt. He's a kindergartener with fine-motor issues who suggests a Pac-Man theme. I'd like him to decorate the shirt himself or at least part of it.
So, how should he get 100 colored dots in various pastel colors on a black or navy t-shirt? Ideally the dot-making wouldn't require a lot of grip strength or precision. (We adults will help with the Pac-Man, ghosts, and maze lines as needed.) Bonus points for washability, but that's not essential.
posted by homelystar
on Jan 15, 2013 -
I have a T-shirt made from a kind of fabric I've not seen since, I'd like to get more. It's supposedly 100% cotton, but I'm not sure if that's true. [more inside]
posted by Lynx
on Dec 14, 2012 -
I want to make a jute lampshade, or rather, several trapezoidal pieces of jute stretched over wood frames that will act like a lampshade. I know almost nothing about jute, or lampshades, but plenty about wood. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape
on Nov 28, 2012 -
Where in or around Chicago can I buy 100% wool jersey fabric? I've found a couple places on-line, but strongly prefer to touch the fabric and verify the color in person before I drop $20+ per yard on it. I did not see any at Vogue on Roosevelt--they have suiting but I'm looking for a different drape than a wool twill.
posted by crush-onastick
on Nov 8, 2012 -
My boyfriend has an awesome new t-shirt with a large, thick, flat image screened(?) on the front that bunched up and creased after the first wash-and-dry. Is there a way to get rid of the creases and folds in the image? And then what's the best way to care for it from here on out? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone
on Nov 6, 2012 -
I finally found a pair of black, cordura cycling jeans that seem like they'll last for years. On the other hand, I've started to discover that my Levis don't last. Where else can I find indestructable pants? [more inside]
posted by tmcw
on Sep 17, 2012 -
I want to use bamboo fabric to sew a custom martial arts gi. Help me find fabric and plan this out. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw
on Jul 31, 2012 -
White cotton-upholstered couch -- help me keep it clean. Pros and cons of using Scotchgard or similar product? Health risks for people and pets? Other methods? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten
on Jul 24, 2012 -
Looking for fabric suggestions for an ottoman re-upholstery job. (Any deals on mohair?) [more inside]
posted by donovan
on Jul 10, 2012 -
I'm having the train removed from my wedding dress-- what can I do with the leftover material as a keepsake? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs
on Jul 5, 2012 -
What (relatively useful) items/gifts can I make out of beautiful fabric? I'm developing a dangerous Spoonflower addiction. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee
on May 12, 2012 -
Cheap men's synthetic underwear:
nylon/spandex/polyester/etc. Would like approx 12 pair for bicycling. Flexible on style/aesthetics. Priority: inexpensive
. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj
on Apr 12, 2012 -
Came across this fabric stored above my wardrobe recently and have no idea of what it is called or what use it would have been put to.
As the photo
illustrates it has a bright green tonic background with raised woven black lines across it making a heavily textured surface.
Unusually the back is identical to the front.
It is a little too heavy to be a dress fabric and why would it be double sided if it was a furnishing or curtaining fabric?
posted by Dr.Pill
on Feb 5, 2012 -
About to Scotchguard the hell out of a couple of new Timbuk2 bags. Any reason I shouldn't do this? [more inside]
posted by ziggly
on Jan 13, 2012 -
Looking for uses for small scraps of plain (not particularly pretty) fabric. [more inside]
posted by sarae
on Dec 23, 2011 -
I'm looking for fabric to make a skirt or dress. I want a large format landscape printed parallel to the selvage, like this
, not a repeating print across the fabric like this
. Can you help me find one? Know of any fabric stores with this kind of stock? Google-fu has let me down.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on Nov 29, 2011 -
My red-on-white polka-dot dress bled in the laundry... onto itself. Is there any way to remove the pink stains while preserving the print? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph
on Nov 4, 2011 -
I got a rug for my bathroom from Pier 1 Imports which is off white with colored stripes. I havent washed it yet, but it got wet, and the red bled into the off white a bit making it faintly pink in a small area. Can you tell me how to 1. eliminate the pink without harming the adjacent red or other colors, and 2. treat the other colors so that bleeding does not occur again, and I can wash it? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody
on Nov 4, 2011 -
I need a ridiculously soft white t-shirt to complete the perfect pyjamas, the most comfortable money can buy. What brands would you recommend, and where can I buy them (delivery by Friday to, or physically in, London)?
Additionally, what goes towards making a t-shirt soft?
posted by djgh
on Oct 31, 2011 -