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Tips on rehabilitating an Ikea Poäng chair?

We have an Ikea Poäng chair. It's comfortable and the frame is in fine shape. The foam cushioning is in pretty good shape too. The fabric cover, however, is in rough shape. It's seen a lot of use and spent too much time in direct sunlight. It's (unevenly) faded and worn. Have you had a good experience replacing the cover through a third-party company? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Dec 28, 2014 - 8 answers

Brutal washing machine destroying my clothes: please help

I moved into a new building a few months ago, and since then the washing machine (new GE top loader, stacked with dryer) has been busily destroying everything I own. Towels and sheets come out frayed, sweaters and t-shirts sprout holes, a cuff has just gotten half-ripped from its sleeve. Please help me figure out how to protect my stuff before it's all destroyed. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Dec 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Name (and software) for technique of tailoring clothes from triangles

I've seen a few articles about dresses, clothes and other structures designed by algorithm: you input a shape (a scan of a body, a 3d model of a dress, etc), and the algorithm reduces it to a mesh of triangles. These triangles can then be cut out of fabric and stitched together to make an odd-looking but well-fitted garment. What's this technique called? Is the software freely available? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Dec 17, 2014 - 14 answers

What was that fabric?

So, I went on a business trip and my well-loved Burberry black trench raincoat, which I bought new at a department store 5 or 6 years ago, was stolen. I would really like to replace it. The catch is that I can't figure out just what the fabric was. It was soft to the touch, almost silky, with a lustrous shine (not the high shine of a sateen), and water resistant. It definitely was not the classic Burberry cotton gabardine, which is much rougher to the touch. I failed at figuring this out via Google. Can the hive mind help?
posted by bearwife on Oct 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Petite tops/blouses so I don't freeze to death in the office.

What has your experience been with silk tops? Specifically in regards to Everlane and/or Equipment if you've purchased from there. What other tops/blouses can you recommend to keep warm and look presentable at work? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Aug 12, 2014 - 22 answers

permanent marker with lots of color choices?

Marker or fabric paint that will last well on flexible, heavy-use surfaces? Difficulty: I need it in a really unsaturated color like a soft medium grey or greyish blue. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jul 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Please help my mother find this fabric

My mother is hoping to find this fabric (another view) for sale, but not having any luck. (Except all this scouring of fabric sites is turning up many other prints she absolutely has to have...)
posted by Soliloquy on May 13, 2014 - 5 answers

We need a durable wool.

I'm a rookie member of the Providence Grays, a vintage baseball team. This season, we are having a difficult time finding a source of wool that we can use for our baseball trousers. Can anyone help me find a source? [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter on Apr 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Who and what are on this fabric?

I have some fabric I picked up from a remnant stall a while ago. It has Japanese writing and pictures of faces all over it - is it just a random design or are these characters from some manga\anime? (The place also had Naruto fabric, but there,s no logo I recognise here, nor anything on the selvege.) Picture here. Any ideas? I want to check in case it'll unwittingly offend Japanese speakers!
posted by mippy on Apr 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Making A (Not Too Heavy or Bulky) Statement

I'm going to climb a mountain. I want to hold up a banner and take a picture when I get to the top. Help me get a banner made that is ideal for the job. [more inside]
posted by shew on Apr 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Swimsuit saga, part 1

Where can I find cute, affordable (~$11 a yard) swimsuit fabric online? Preferably from an inde/brick-and-mortar place with an online presence. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Apr 11, 2014 - 9 answers

How to communicate fabric coarseness?

Is there a specific numbering system / grading system for fabric coarseness? I am specifically working with nylon for a bag.
posted by gillianr on Mar 25, 2014 - 5 answers

I see a pastel couch and I want to paint it black

Does upholstery paint really work? I have been offered a couch by a coworker. I really dig the shape of the couch, high back, lots of buttons, kinda swanky, retro looking. The color scheme looks like something from the Golden Girls though. [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Mar 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Scrap happy

What can I do with a ton of dressmaking scraps? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Mar 3, 2014 - 10 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

It's a dress AND a painting!?

There's an artwork on public display in my community that isn't labeled with the artist's name or the title of the piece, and I'd like to know more about it. The facility that has it on display doesn't have the information, so I'm hoping you could take a look at it (or just read my description) and tell me if you know more about it, or where I could find out who created it and what it is called. It's a rather unique piece, being a full-length overcoat that's been hardened/cast and mounted on a large canvas. The yellow floral pattern of the coat is seamlessly transferred to the background of the canvas. For a link to a phone-cam pic I took of it, click [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me identify these three fabrics!

Where can I buy these three fabrics? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Jan 8, 2014 - 20 answers

Fabric identification assistance requested!

Can you help me identify or diy-ify this fabric? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Dec 9, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I match fabric from a sofa that is no longer manufactured?

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 - 4 answers

Fabrics that work with cats: do they exist?

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 - 27 answers

Sources for modern clothing patterns/fabrics?

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 - 12 answers

Help me find a Spanish-language alphabet fabric.

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 - 4 answers

Animating fabric being folded, cut and stitched.

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 - 9 answers

Is this an actual dress that's available to buy (or is it custom-made)?

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 - 4 answers

Poor taste? Or exceedingly poor taste?

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 - 36 answers

Durable fabric for crafting baby items

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 - 8 answers

Can I get this caftan cheaper?

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 - 5 answers

How to make my own clothes: Advanced Beginner Edition?

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 - 17 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

Help me bring my fabric design idea to fruition!

An enthusiastic but unskilled n00b needs help putting together a Spoonflower fabric design. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Apr 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Sewing, fabrics and craft stores in Berlin?

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 - 5 answers

How do I take the best care of my favorite leather jacket?

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 - 3 answers

Am I Being Crazy About Shiny Fabric?

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 - 38 answers

Best simple way to affix light dots to a black t-shirt?

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 - 20 answers

The cheapo shirt that keeps it's shape

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 - 7 answers

I need to lampshade this trope. No, seriously, lampshade.

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 - 1 answer

Fabric supply in Chicago

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 - 4 answers

What's the best way to fix and care for this t-shirt?

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 - 2 answers

Run! she's got scissors!

How can I tell in advance if a knitted fabric will run when I cut it? [more inside]
posted by Corvid on Oct 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me be a better online shopper

Tell me about fabrics to help me do better online shopping. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Oct 2, 2012 - 6 answers

The Search for Two-Year-Plus Pants

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 - 10 answers

I want to customize my house without the elbow grease and project disasters.

Are there stores/services that will DIY for me? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

LA to DC - Fabric and leather supply stores

LA to DC Crafting - Fabric and Leather supply stores? [more inside]
posted by krikany on Aug 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me sew a bamboo martial arts gi.

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 - 9 answers

Is Scotchgard worth it, and if not, how do I keep white sofa clean?

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 - 3 answers

Looking for fabric suggestions for an ottoman re-upholstery job.

Looking for fabric suggestions for an ottoman re-upholstery job. (Any deals on mohair?) [more inside]
posted by donovan on Jul 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me remix my wedding dress

I have a wedding dress. I have a black tie event in August. I want to wear a modified version of my perfect-for-me wedding dress to said black tie event. What are some things I can do to remix it? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jul 5, 2012 - 24 answers

What can I make from the fabric from my wedding dress's train?

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 - 17 answers

eBay Fabric Criteria?

What brands of tank tops have high-quality fabric? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Jul 4, 2012 - 24 answers

What kind of dress is this?

Please help me identify this dress style. [more inside]
posted by elaine_marley on Jun 17, 2012 - 15 answers

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