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what to use if you don't like to iron
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Date: 7/28/13 12:58 PM

I want to start a project for my granddaughter (dress & pants) and I'm not entirely happy with the fabric I bought. I pre-washed it, and because it's cotton, it wrinkled badly. My daughter will not iron, so what fabrics can I use where the pattern envelope says, "cotton & cotton blends, gingham, laundered cottons, calico, chambray, seersucker, gauze, crinkled gauze"?

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Subject: Buying cotton for kids clothing Date: 7/28/13 2:29 PM

I would use a cotton/poly blend. Seersucker and crinkle gauze might work.

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Date: 7/28/13 2:40 PM

I sew a lot for my GD and I avoid all cotton because I know her Mommy doesn't like to iron either. I really love the Tutti Frutti fabrics as they come in such bright and fun colors and designs. Some people say theirs has faded. I've haven't noticed that. Plisse' is much like Tutti Frutti (has texture to it) and comes in poly/cotton too. I also love seersucker. I like ginham if it's a poly/cotton blend or most any polyester or polyester blend will work. Corduroy is wonderful especially if it's a fine or pinwale. They are so soft and come out of the dryer beautifully and you can find them in solids and many cute prints too. Corduroy makes great pants, jumpers and even tops. I use a lot of knit fabrics too but I don't think you're looking for that.

I think many people who sew for themselves don't like polyester but for low or no ironing for kids clothes, it works great. Kids don't notice whether the fabric breathes. They just pay attention to the end product--if it's what they like.

So many adorable cotton fabrics out today with so many great designs kids love. But I don't buy them as they would cause my DIL work. I sure wish they would offer more of them in a poly blend.

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Pique is nice to use too. The stuff I used was all cotton and washed and dried wrinkle free. And I forgot, I've used bridal satin and crepe de chine too. Believe it or not, bridal satin washes and dries beautifully. I had some left from a mini bride dress. Washed and dried it to try. Came out lovely. Using a half price coupon at Joann's or Hancock's and it doesn't cost that much for a little girls dress. Little girls love the silky feeling too. Just because a fabric says dry clean only, do not always be afraid of it. I recently made my GD a top and skirt out of a metallic polyester that I bought off Hancock's sale table. It washed and dried beautifully. Sewed easily too. Was so soft, twirlable, pretty and fun. It's my GD's new favorite.

Have fun sewing for your GD!


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Date: 7/28/13 4:08 PM

Thank you, yes. I was thinking along those lines. We're expecting a Joann's store to open in our area in the near future. Can't wait! It'll be nice to be able to go in and "touch & feel" the fabric!

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Date: 7/28/13 4:27 PM

Why do I always think of something else to say after I post?

This is just a tip. I gave my DIL a couple laundry bags. For certain more delicate or snagable items I've made for my GD I tell my DIL to put it in a laundry bag first and then throw in the wash with the rest of the laundry. And depending on the item, she can either give it shake and put it on a hanger to dry or turn it inside out and put it in the dryer for a bit. I always test wash and dry the fabrics I use first. If I can't get them to come out wrinkle free I don't use them.

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Date: 7/28/13 7:11 PM

Someone on another list (Ravelry) said that she uses kid's bed sheets. Can get quite a bit out of a twin sized sheet! And she said it doesn't wrinkle too much.
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Subject: Buying cotton for kids clothing Date: 7/28/13 9:55 PM

When I made loose shorts for my son from 100% cottons I backed the fabric with soft cotton sheeting or old muslin sheets.

I laid the two fabrics together, cut them out in on step and handled them as though they were just one layer.

It made them less see-though AND the fabric didn't wrinkle!

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Subject: Buying cotton for kids clothing Date: 7/29/13 6:16 AM

And then there are cotton knits not prone to wrinkling.

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