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First, I'm posting in the ladies forum only because I've seen discussions about fabric and outdoor apparel design here in the past. (just getting on the defensive early :) )

I've found a few fabric shops here in the NW (and even better, one here in Portland), but not anything yet that carries Scholler fabrics. I'd like to make some winter riding goodies with fabrics that I'm familiar with (in terms of wear properties.) Can anyone offer advice as to online fabric shops that may carry it?

I've also been looking for the VX sail cloth types as are used on AcrTeryx, MountainSmith, CirqueWorks packs. I found the manufacturer, but can't order small enough quantities. I'd love to make my wife a set of completely bomber and waterproof paniers for her commute and that cloth really appeals to me.

One more thing. It might be overly ambitious, but I'm also completely in love with the fabric "welding" that's being used in a number of areas (packs, tents, clothes) is anyone familiar with a DIY replication of that process?
 

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There are only a few retailers that carry the Schoeller lines, best to check my sources page for who they are. You might get lucky at RCT, but Quest, ShelbyKaava and Textile Outfitters all carry different weights.

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http://www.specialtyoutdoors.com/tips/sources.asp

as for "welding" seams, www.bemisworldwide.com makes the stuff, Sewfree but the only place you can buy it retail from is in Finland. ( really) The Bemis website is pretty cool, though. There is a cool discussion board at shelbykaava.com where people have been playing with the technique some on a home basis.

You'll probably like my tips for making your own gear site, you can get there via the above link.

I use soft shell a lot for winter riding, I love it.

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Holy crap.

Your website is amazing. I've been looking around for fabric sources/general information about DIY cycling/outdoor clothing for years. Thank you so much, I love sewing (Mom taught me years ago) and now I can get to work!

My first project: A balaklava with a scary animal face/skull/whatever embroidered into it.
 

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shiggy said:
Have you tried The Rain Shed in Corvallis? http://therainshed.com

If they don't have it they may be able to get it.
Shiggy, have you had good experiences with them? For years I got nothing but snotty and condescending service from them.(mail order) I had them listed on my sources page for a while, with that caveat, and finally took them off the list for good, about five years ago, after about two dozen "me too" emails. No one pays for those listings, it's strictly up to me whether you get on that list or not. The only thing I really expect out of shops being on that list is that they be nice to people. I'm pretty picky about who goes on there - you really have to be a specialty retailer, not just keep a couple of bolts of fleece in addition to regular stuff.

jaydrunkenpee... did you wade through everything to the cycling gear? I've made lots, happy to help any time. Shiggy's a sewing stud too; you might be able to use the search function to bring up his padded one peice suit.

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Your website is amazing!

Malden Mills and their factory outlet store is less than a mile down the road from where I work. I've been looking for a new pair of winter tights and I think your website has given me the push to tackle making my own.

Love your quilts too!
Here are a few that I've made.
 

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formica said:
jaydrunkenpee... did you wade through everything to the cycling gear? I've made lots, happy to help any time. Shiggy's a sewing stud too; you might be able to use the search function to bring up his padded one peice suit.

formica
On your site? I looked through everything kinda quickly earlier as I was at work. I'm going through it all again as I type. Fantastic stuff, I really appreciate this. While I really appreciate my Perl Izumi stuff, there have been a few things I've been itching to make and your site is going to help me out a lot. Have you found any places that carry wool or wool blends that would be useful in cycling wear? (I'm a huge fan of wool, my mom used to keep a flock of sheep on her hobby farm...)

I can't wait to see this one piece suit you speak of..
 

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jaydrunkenpee said:
On your site? I looked through everything kinda quickly earlier as I was at work. I'm going through it all again as I type. Fantastic stuff, I really appreciate this. While I really appreciate my Perl Izumi stuff, there have been a few things I've been itching to make and your site is going to help me out a lot. Have you found any places that carry wool or wool blends that would be useful in cycling wear? (I'm a huge fan of wool, my mom used to keep a flock of sheep on her hobby farm...)

I can't wait to see this one piece suit you speak of..
suitable wools are very hard to find. One site to keep checking as the stock changes all the time is www.emmaonesock.com. They have some merino knits - jersey and doubleknits-of various weights but they go really, really fast.
 

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formica said:
Shiggy, have you had good experiences with them? For years I got nothing but snotty and condescending service from them.(mail order) I had them listed on my sources page for a while, with that caveat, and finally took them off the list for good, about five years ago, after about two dozen "me too" emails. No one pays for those listings, it's strictly up to me whether you get on that list or not. The only thing I really expect out of shops being on that list is that they be nice to people. I'm pretty picky about who goes on there - you really have to be a specialty retailer, not just keep a couple of bolts of fleece in addition to regular stuff.

jaydrunkenpee... did you wade through everything to the cycling gear? I've made lots, happy to help any time. Shiggy's a sewing stud too; you might be able to use the search function to bring up his padded one peice suit.

formica
I have only dealt with them in person. I prefer to by able to fondle the fabric before I buy.
 
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