Member since 6/9/05
Date: 5/11/10 7:59 PM
I don't wear many woven blouses. I think it's because I don't like the fabric when I move--in other words, I find it restricting. Mostly I wear jeans and T's and sweaters. But I have loads of woven cotton fabric that I need to sew up. I'd rather make clothing than quilts. I suppose an apron would be okay but I don't really need any. Or some kind of toys.
I'd like to sew some article of clothing for myself, especially for the practice. Is there some favorite clothing patterns out there for woven cotton? It's not a light, airy type of cotton, just regular old "quilting" type. A dress? A blouse? Something that wouldn't seem too stiff because the fabric is not very drapy.
Thanks for suggestions.
Member since 4/1/07
Date: 5/11/10 10:59 PM
I suggest that you won't be happy with a blouse made out of quilting fabric. Even a camp shirt with its looser fit would probably be uncomfortable in a quilt fabric. Can you trade some of it with someone else for some apparel fabric?
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Member since 7/14/08
Date: 5/11/10 11:50 PM
skirts? quilting fabric is great for A-line or gored.
Member since 9/18/04
Date: 5/11/10 11:59 PM
I was going to suggest a camp shirt, also.
McCalls 4518 Palmer/Pletsch Camp Shirt
I find quilting cotton to be rather comfy. It tends to soften up a bit with each laundering. You could try one shirt and see if you like it. Not all quilting cottons are created equal; some are softer than others.
There was a recent PatRev discussion about whether there is a difference between plain old "cotton" and "quilting cotton". The consensus was "probably not".
As a rule of thumb, if the suggested fabrics on the pattern envelope include denim, light-weight denim, corduroy, (or the like) I assume that the pattern does not require a "drapey" fabric and quilting cotton will probably work.
Patterns that require flowing, drapey fabric never look quite right in quilting cotton. If the pattern says, for example, georgette, then quilting cotton is not a good candidate.
Member since 5/11/08
Date: 5/12/10 0:46 AM
Skirts work well with cotton, especially the summer skirts so popular now.
McCalls 5431 above
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Member since 7/24/08
Date: 5/12/10 1:40 AM
I wholeheartedly second marec's suggestion. There is nothing more comfortable on a hot summer day than a knit top paired with a cotton skirt, IMO. You will look fresh as a daisy. I just made the pleated McCall's pictured above (view A) and it is super cute.
There are so many patterns available right now, from the simplest straight or a-line to very full dirndl styles (and everything in between), so you should have no problem finding a pattern that suits your style and yardage requirements. A couple more:
New Look 6872
You could also make simple pull-on summer capri pants or jams, if that's your thing - I'm more of a skirt girl, myself.
Member since 11/26/06
Date: 5/12/10 1:51 AM
Definitely skirts, definitely NOT blouses if non-stiff is what you're after. IMO, there isn't a quilting cotton (or regular cotton) out there comfy enough to be a blouse...especially in the summer. Shirting weights, lawn, etc. are much more suited to tops, I think.
But skirts - they are perfect for this type of fabric and perfect if you want to break yourself in on garment sewing. You'll have minimal fit issues, minimal fussy details, and usually you get quick gratification.
I've grown to love skirts as much as shorts in the summer. Just as comfy (if not more) than shorts and it looks like you put so much more effort into your "look" than you really did. Gotta love that!!
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Member since 7/20/08
Date: 5/12/10 2:33 AM
Could you use tote bags or reusable bags for the grocery store? Quilting cotton would work well for those.
PJ bottoms may be something else you could make for practice and actually get some use from. You could also make some vests.
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Member since 8/4/06
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 5/12/10 8:11 AM
I made this top with quilting cottons and it is very comfortable in the summer:
Member since 4/20/08
Date: 5/12/10 8:48 AM
I love Butterick See and Sew 5171. It might be a bit more structured than what you are looking for, but does well in a little bit heavier cotton. The easy, breezy skirts that were suggested, are a great idea. Depending on the weight of your cotton, a pair of loose fitting shorts or capris can be made too. If you want to make a craftsy thing, Simplicity 2928 is just too cute. The couch and chair make really sweet gifts.