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Date: 9/20/12 0:57 AM

Hi, I have some 100% cotton which I actually bought from the quilting section of my store Fabricland. I'm in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Can I use it in a pattern for a top which states that I should use light weight broadcloth, lightweight crepe, or lightweight faille. The top has long sleeves.

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Date: 9/20/12 1:17 AM

Hello neighbour from West End Van.

You can use the cotton...but you won't get the same result, and you may or may not like it.

The fabric hand of cotton is very different to faile, and even more different to crepe, but if you realize going in that you may not be happy with the result, then go ahead and give it a try. You can at least have it as a test piece, perfect your fitting and sewing techniques with it.

Are you close to either of the Fabricanna stores? They have a very nice selection of blouseweight fabrics.

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Date: 9/20/12 1:09 PM

This is a topic that comes up regularly on Pattern Review, so you're definitely not alone in wondering!

Quilting cotton is quite similar to cotton broadcloth, so *technically* it should work fine in your pattern.

However, sometimes quilting fabrics are quite a bit more stiff than apparel cottons, and don't have a satisfactory drape for some garments. Pre-wash/shrink your fabric and then drape it over various surfaces and see how it hangs, feels, behaves, etc.

There are higher-end cotton prints that are suitable--and even intended--for both quilting and apparel (and bags, etc). One brand that comes to mind is Amy Butler. The fabrics feel especially soft and pliable--really lovely stuff!

Good luck with your project! What pattern are you making?

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Date: 9/21/12 7:43 PM

Hi, Actually I live in New Westminster, Lynn. And thanks for the info!

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Date: 9/21/12 7:45 PM

Hello, thank you for the information. Have a lovely weekend!

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