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Date: 1/25/11 9:26 PM

Can you use quilting cottons to sew clothing? The reason I ask is because I have liked the following dress for a long time, but I did not want to fork out the money for it. Honestly, I have found that I get greater joy sewing a knock off or something similar than acquiring the actual RTW item. Here is the dress. The bodice is a silk and if you look closely, you can see a bird on the bodice.


I started last year looking for some similar fabric for the bodice, but I could not find any, so I basically forgot about the dress. A couple of days ago I was looking at fabric for something else and came across this gorgeous Alexander Henry quilting cotton. I immediately remembered the dress because it made me think of the bodice. The bodice of the dress is silk, but do you think this fabric would work for an inspired version of the dress?
Here it is in two colorways:




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Date: 1/25/11 9:53 PM

I quilt and sew clothing. Good quality quilting cottons are so pleasant to work with, I often wish I could use them more in clothing. Most often quilting cottons need to be used in something "crisp" like a shirt or shirtwaist dress.

Unless you are lucky enough to find that the prints you selected are almost silky, the soft gathers in the RTW dress may not suit the fabric. Maybe you could find a pattern with more tailored details in the bodice, like princess seams. Since you are making it yourself, use the attributes of the fabric. Crisp fabrics show off a custom fitted bodice very nicely.

If you love the fabric, I would suggest that you order a generous cut, then select the pattern later. Sometimes you just have to touch the fabric first!

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Date: 1/25/11 10:40 PM

While you could use a quilting cotton you won't get the same drape and effect as the inspiration. Quilting cottons don't have a lot of drape because of the low thread count and therefore they aren't the best for clothes IMHO. You really want something with more drape.

Polyesters have a similar drape to silk without the expense. Not the easiest fabric to work with though. Rayon would be a good option but hard to find. It would probably be easier to find silk.

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Date: 1/25/11 10:51 PM

I have to agree with the drape issue of quilting cotton in clothing. I found a cotton print that I liked for a skirt I wanted to make. It's an 8 gore skirt, and I just finished it. It does not drape the way I would have liked, and I was thinking next time I will definitely look for fabric more suited for garments.

On the other hand, if you like the print it doesn't hurt to go ahead and make it! You might be pleasantly surprised. The skirt part of the dress would be fine made with cotton.

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Date: 1/25/11 11:14 PM

You might even consider a cotton batiste, voile, or lawn if you don't want to go the silk route. They are much more drapey than quilting cotton. Not quite as much as silk, of course, but I think they could work for this top.

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Date: 1/26/11 1:02 PM

I agree with Eve. I made a dress using quilting cotton last summer because I liked the cheery print, it was a semi-bomb. If there is any gathering, or if drape is required quilting fabric just isn't a good option. Sorry, I know you wanted a thumbs up. It's hard to find modern prints in lawn or batiste. You might want to try a Liberty of London lawn print. Here's one with birds.

Sorry I can't link, I'm at work.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/britex_fabrics/4229060305/

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Date: 1/26/11 1:18 PM

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It's hard to find modern prints in lawn or batiste.

I've actually been pleasantly surprised at how many I've found recently. Batiste-weight has become one of my new favorite staples for summer. A few sources, just in case...

elliottbermantextiles.com has a TON of voile right now. Very fun AND silk/cotton blends. Oh yum. There's this one...ok, it's not exactly the same feel as your print, but it's birds. And voile. :0
emmaonesock.com
gorgeousfabrics.com
fabricmartfabrics.com (they had some fabulous Vera Wang voiles for uber-cheap last year)
marcytilton.com

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Date: 1/26/11 1:57 PM

Belraf Fabrics also has a bunch of cotton batiste prints.

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Date: 1/26/11 3:59 PM

I use quilting cottons when making dresses for my toddler but not so much when making clothes for myself. Generally it doesn't look particularly polished or sophisticated, you know? I did make a shirt out of a quilting cotton using Simplicity 3684 and liked the result.

Its definitely not going to drape anything like silk and I wouldn't recommend it for a pattern with gathers/shirring or really with much volume at all. That fabric might work for a pattern like Simplicity 2724 (specifically the bodice with darts and a collar) but that's kind of a different look than your inspiration dress.

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Date: 1/26/11 8:46 PM

Not an answer to your question but another question to your post! Do you have a pattern/patterns planned for this? It's really pretty!

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