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neighbourhood gal
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Date: 10/2/11 11:52 AM

Hey, so I have a couple of quilting cottons in the stash that I bought for my girls. They have definite Fall tones to them, but around here (Vancouver, BC), it is too chilly for clothes made of quilting cotton most of the year.

I have been thinking about underlining the quilting cotton with a wool or wool blend - something firm, not spongy. Of course I would pre-shrink it and then use a lining fabric to keep the clothes from itching or sticking.

What do you think?

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Date: 10/2/11 1:19 PM

I guess it would depend on what you were making. Did you have patterns/garments in mind? Have you thought about using flannel instead? If you had a lining of a good warm flannel you might be able to forgo the flatlining and not risk the garments being too bulky or restrictive. (I'm thinking for tops or dresses; a jacket or a vest or something would stand up to a thicker flatlining.)

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Date: 10/29/11 12:53 PM

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I made this light swing coat several years ago,using batiks, marbled and hand-dyed fabrics, using an old flannel sheet as the middle, and another batik as the lining. It's just right for cool days, and very light. It was also my first experience with the Hologram thread. I found that works a lot better for me in the bobbin than in the top, so quilted the pieced fabric to the flannel sheet, marking the spiral quilting on the flannel and quilting from the back, then added the batik lining after. I'm not much of a garment sewing person, but thought it was a nice use of the batik panel on the back. It was juried in to the Houston show years ago, which made me SO happy. :)
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Date: 10/30/11 10:26 AM

I live on Vancouver Island. The only thing I would consider lining if it was made out of quilting cotton is pants and only then if I knew the kids would be wearing them outside more than in.

You can wear an undershirt under shirts and dresses, tights too.

When it gets really cold (rarely here on the Coast), I put tights on the kids, under their pants. I find tights are warmer than long underwear for little ones, and you do not have a gap between the sock and underwear.

My whole family layers in winter.

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Date: 10/30/11 8:15 PM

I think this is a fabulous idea! I made this jacket with two quilting cottons and a flannel interlining. It fit fine, until I washed it, when it shrank (I didn't preshrink the flannel--dummy me!)

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Date: 10/31/11 7:16 PM

I definitely wouldn't line with wool. Too scratch for most. I would underline with either a well washed flannel or some muslin. If you use the muslin, you need to use a warm lining like Kasha that is made specifically to fight the cold and not just be beauitful, which it is.

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Date: 12/29/11 2:12 AM

popping back in to reply...

So, I decided that wool is too expensive and too tricky to launder given that this was for a child's dress. I made a muslin of the dress out of an old sheet (I buy ugly ones from thrift stores for this purpose) and then used the muslin to underline the quilting cotton. I then lined the dress with Bemberg rayon.

The underlining does change the hand of the garment, but then again, quilting cotton wasn't ever going to drape beautifully anyway.

My daughter does like the dress. She is incredibly thin and thus lives in layers. We do shirts and tights and leggings under most outfits, but even then I find that a dress made of one layer of quilting cotton to be seasonally inappropriate. It doesn't get terribly cold here, but it is damp and grey a lot, which makes a person long for cozy clothing.

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