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Date: 6/7/13 10:21 PM

I primarily sew with knits for my 2 year old. But I recently started falling for the cute prints and colors of the cottons in my local yarn store and reading some of the blogs (made-by-rae.com). I just made a PJ pant for her and its super stiff and she doesnt want to wear it to bed. I dont blame her. I wouldnt either. Are there any designers you like which make soft cottons? Why can't all fabrics be soft like Liberty

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Date: 6/7/13 11:46 PM

I have some quilting cotton from Anna Griffin that is garment-quality, soft and silky. There are a lot of fabrics under the label, and I don't know if they are all printed on the same high quality broadcloth or not...

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Date: 6/8/13 3:13 AM

I've used prints by Alexander Henry, Timeless Treasures, Cloud 9 and Michael Miller for clothes, usually skirts or dresses. I wouldn't use quilting cottons for pyjama pants though, I don't think that will ever turn out as comfortable as you want it!

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Date: 6/8/13 5:36 AM

I fall in love often with cotton colors & patterns and initially had no clue quilting cottons were different from wearables. Its hard to know on the Internet. I usually try for organics and natural to get them comfy and wearable.
All of my inherited quilts are soft and comfy and if I were a quilter that is what I would want to recreate.
Was told that chemicals, dyes and sizing are now common in quit fabrics and to wash. It takes lots of hot water, agitation and vinegar to soften. But over a number of washings most of them soften nicely.

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Date: 6/8/13 7:00 AM

Yes, you can find soft and comfortable cottons to wear either to bed or during the day. I am wearing my most recent PJ's at present and love the density of the weave and how soft and yet thick the fabric is. I don't know the manufacturer of my current PJ's, but I did buy the fabric from fabric.com and usually I look for the higher priced cottons and am not disappointed.

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Date: 6/8/13 8:03 AM

I make most of my pj pants from quilting cottons. It helps to buy them at a retail store where you can feel the fabric. Some are very soft and silky.

I've bought some fabrics for quilting from marmalade.com, who carries mostly modern prints, and found the store owner to be most helpful. You could e-mail her for recommendations.

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Date: 6/8/13 8:50 AM

Thanks for the recommendation. I will definitely check out the site.

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Date: 6/8/13 9:08 AM

So I did a little more digging and I am realizing that I should probably search for "Cotton Lawn", "Cotton Sateen" instead of just cotton. Hawthorne Threads has a bunch.

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Date: 6/8/13 10:51 AM

In the general category of apparel-appropriate quilting cottons, I second Michael Miller and Alexander Henry. For pajamas specifically though (especially for children), I think double gauze would be the best choice. Superbuzzy has lots of double gauze from different designers, and fabricworm occasionally has some (they just got some new Nani Iro in).

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Date: 6/8/13 12:02 PM

The printed cottons out of Korea are some of the nicest I've seen in years, it would be marked on the selvage along with the textile brand. I've gotten some lovely ones at Pacfifc Fabric in the Washington area.
The best on line prints especially kid prints are from the Fabric Fairy. Her website is really cute.
Also Repro depo.,she used to be in the Seattle area and moved to Boston and went on line. She has tons of vintage prints.

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