@jessosaurusmeh left a note on Instagram that she’d had good luck with the Bettine dress, and, indeed, her version looks great! Jennifer Lauren mentions quilting cottons as suitable fabrics for both her Hunter top and the Cressida skirt and I’m sure they would both look cute as that slight retro style matches up with the fabric perfectly. I sewed my first Laurel 2 months ago in quilting cotton and I love it! If you tried them before and found them lacking, you might consider them again. Oops. This was an interesting read, and I’m glad other you will do a series on fabrics. But on to the topic at hand: what are your thoughts on using them for circle skirts? I’m thinking of using a Monaluna quilting cotton poplin for a jacket that’s lined and underlined with acetate and lambswool, respectively. Use a gentle detergent that has no dyes or perfumes. That’s funny – I was just looking at Deer & Doe’s patterns earlier, including that one. Four other patterns comprise the Terrace Dress, the Cinema Dress, the Late Lunch Tunic and the Everyday Skirt, the latter of which I’ve made twice now and both times with quilting cottons. Both Margot and best detective left comments to recommend the Chardon skirt, the Datura blouse and the Belladone dress. We’ll email you as well, just in case. Hey Maryanne! Thank you for your generosity! I find it helps to remove any lingering soap and dye, and the fabric feels softer as a result. In addition to the Deer and Doe patterns (Chardon, Belladonne, Datura) that I listed in response to a previous comment, I have also had success with Megan Nielsen’s Eucalypt and have bought the Brumby pattern to try. I love the prints available on quilting cottons! Thank you! I would love to win the Aster to try out the tips and tricks you wrote about. Sewing garments with quilting cotton is a hot topic with many opposing views. Sew the cutest bags with your favorite fabric - quilting cotton! Love the idea of printing the pattern on the quilting cotton, brilliant! From dogs to cats, elephants to giraffes, you'll be … How is it that I had yet to discover this …. Super helpful and interesting. Whether you sew for a hobby or sew as a business, you'll find the perfect fabric at the right price. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Here are two more patterns, this time from Fancy Tiger Crafts, that I’ve made myself from quilting cotton, and the results were A-OK. Hey Carlee! See more ideas about Quilt patterns, Quilts, Quilting crafts. Exactly the article I needed to see! I recently finished my first Aster… and then immediately made two more, because I loved the pattern so much. They’ve both had plenty of wear and it’s a lovely comfy pattern thanks to the clever half-elasticated, half flat waistband. Upon immediate contact/touch-test I can gauge the feel and drape to my body. Okay, I guess that’s enough to be getting on with! I absolutely despise easing sleeves into anything, but I’m going to try the three rows of basting – thanks for the tip! I would love to try out the Aster pattern and I’ve never tried Sprout. No problem at all! Great post – and thanks for introducing me to Sprout! I just finished a bomber jacket using japanese cotton quilting fabric. I own the Aster, but haven’t seen it up yet. I may even wax the cotton to add a little rugged-ness and waterproofing. The extra basting stitches will help you gather up the extra fabric in your sleeve cap for easier set-in sleeves. It’s always nice to have a little help getting the finished product you dreamed of after so much hard work. I’ve had the Aster on my must make pile for a minute. And a Sprout cut and sew! Thanks for the article on fabrics! This site is no longer being updated so head over to Seamwork to get all the latest patterns, tutorials, video classes, and more. That was something I really struggled with when I first started sewing. It’s sturdy and holds up through many washings but may need to be ironed frequently. Oh, Thanks for the chance! Thanks especially for the “warning” that stripes may not be on grain. This is a great idea for a series, I struggle to work out what fabric is best for a project. Which is why it’s so popular with quilters and sewers alike. I have also had good luck with the Datura blouse and the Belladonne dress. If you are a beginning sewist and looking for a little direction, or an experienced sewer and want a fresh idea, Fabricworm.com features several Free Tutorials and Sewing Patterns you can download and print out. Julie has also kindly linked to some tutorials in the comments if this one strikes your fancy. Thanks for the information. Polyester thread is stronger than cotton and tends to come in more colors. However I’d still be thrilled to win the contest! Thanks for the note – I’m going to check out your other garments now! This giveaway includes one digital Aster pattern and your very own cut-and-sew Aster in any Spoonflower design you’d like! I’m finally getting around to an update. I’ve listed these by company/brand, since, after a bit of internal debate, it seemed the most logical way. 100% Cotton Sewing Notions and Sewing Patterns Your Selections: Notions & Patterns. Sadly, I’m not in any rush to make a quilt, and there are only so many cotton clothes you can make a little boy (they just ain’t that practical). Thanks ladies! Then using another Art Gallery cotton I made a McCalls boxy top with short cut-on sleeves. Also, how would a quilting cotton work for a negroni pattern? That Aster pattern looks like a great one to start with! It makes it really hard to buy online too, which is why I mostly tend to buy cotton from the same brands (Cotton + Steel, Art Gallery Fabrics, etc.) I am always in a complete muddle when it comes to choosing fabric and matching it to a pattern! I love sewing with quilting cotton, it’s so easy to work with! She’s a French designer living in Spain who designs lots of really cute feminine patterns with a slight retro feel and… she has quite a few that are suitable for quilting cotton. Yes, please!! It’s a common problem for us newbies and I have an impressive array to get through. I have been teaching myself to sew over the last year and have made some decent garments so far. Yes, I totally know what you mean. We have crafty stories, event schedules and tons of inspiration for your projects. Sprout offers the Negroni as well, check out the photos they’ve got on their site. The Negroni looks great in a quilting cotton. (and thanks for the chance to win!). Who knew such a simple fabric would become a sewing controversy? I would definitely recommend it :). COLETTELOVE on the Sprout site! Definitely do consider a lining for close-fitting skirts. Thanks for the tip about hems! Thanks for this list! Anna Maria Horner’s “Painted Portrait” dress is perfect for quilting cotton. . Quilting cottons don’t have much stretch on the cross grain and can be a pain to ease into tight quarters. Christine Haynes is known for her sweet vintage-style dresses, so it’s no surprise she has a few great possibilities for quilting cotton. I like a serged edge, and have seen the finishing done at all sorts of different times throughout the construction process. Love animals? http://www.hungryhippiesews.com/2018/07/summer-dress-along-painted-portrait.html, https://www.hungryhippiesews.com/2018/07/summer-dress-along-painted-portrait.html It’s easy to cut, doesn’t slip and slide, and irons nicely. I’ve been wanting to try both Aster and sprout patterns! Kwik Sew, Quilter's Highlights patterns These are patterns that Kwik Sew suggests for quilting cottons. I have been thinking about Deer&Doe’s Chardon skirt for this too – the listed fabrics are lightweight twill, chambray, light denim, cotton sateen, etc, so a bit more body and better drape, but I think it might work. I have a tendency to avoid quilting cotton for garments because of previous bad experiences. More recently, we’ve seen the Natalie shirt, which has a simple boxy shape and the Adria crop top. Thanks for the giveaway offer. I do a lot of sewing with Spoonflower fabrics, and the cotton printing quality has much improved with the Ultra process. Great job on this guide for working with quilting cottons when making garments. Thanks for this series. According to many professionals, the most difficult part of quilting is sewing from the center outwards, because the thick fabric bulks up under the throat. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Jul 11, 2020 - Ideas for projects to sew, sell & gift. I’m glad it’s helpful and thanks for the reminder to update it: I have quite a few patterns to add . I wasn’t familiar with Anna Maria Horner’s patterns before Julie mentioned her Painted Portrait dress below, but it’s a great suggestion for quilting cotton – and particularly smaller pieces. As the name suggests this is a multi-purpose needle that is good for a variety of … What to do with quilting cottons? You can always take things in and can do minor adjustments. . Others that seem that they would work would be the Domininque skirt (straight version) as well as the Rosa shirtdress. I’m interested in the cut and see giveaway too! My first garment was in a quilting cotton too! Day 2 ( Log Out /  I’d love to have the opportunity to try something from Sprout! Quilting cotton doesn’t fray too much but raw edges should be finished in some way. Think about the garment you’re making and which end of the spectrum is going to work best. Plus the colors and patterns…. Owner/designer Taylor talks about using it in this interesting article. you reminded me of the washi dress, I just adore this pattern, … so, I am only waiting for summer right now) Anna. They definitely have a simplistic, almost naïve, design aesthetic, but that, in turn, does make them perfect for this fabric. You make so many lovely things, it’s hard to remember! per square yard 100% Kona cotton broadcloth is perfect for quilting, apparel and more! Wow – I didn’t realise how many Liesl + Co. patterns give quilting cotton specifically as a bona fide recommended fabric. You are very welcome! I find that, in most cases, the better quality quilting cottons have a beautiful drape, are much easier to sew and don’t lose their brightness though multiple washings. In celebration of Aster’s release, together with Sprout Patterns, we will be giving one lucky winner an Aster project. Your Aster looks lovely. (Chambray was my favorite fabric for that particular pattern so far.) Thinsulate may work well as an underlining, but I’m in love with lambswool!!!! Great print and pattern combination. I’ve just started weeding my stash of quilting cottons – mostly the fat quarters and smaller cuts, bought the same way you did, as a new quilter though. I’ve got the Aster pattern, but I’ve never used Sprout, so I’d love to try that. Cotton and Steel, as well as Tula Pink, make some of the softest and best draping cottons ever. The Fen dress is a loose boxy style and the Sailor Top has a wide facing that sets off the gathered body very nicely. Thank you so very much. so at least there’s some consistency. Quite a number of good options from Lisa Comfort at Sew Over It as well. That is a great dress. They comprise: the Turia dungarees, the Safor skirt, the Malvarosa dress, the Mirambell skirt, the Faura shirt and the Rosari skirt. Quilting Cotton I find challenging to handle, my hands are sensitive to the touch of certain fabrics. What a treasure trove! October 22, 2018. Quilting cotton is generally used in more casual garments and fine seam finishes are not necessary. I made the cropped version with some quilting cotton and it turned out fine! Chalk, transfer paper, and marking pens will all work well on quilting cotton. It definitely helped me see it in a new light :) Thanks! The Zinnia and Ginger skirts are perfect for using cute quilting cotton prints. Is quilting on a sewing machine hard? Thanks for all you info. I’m still learning! I think it’s fine to use this type of fabrics for tops, pajamas and kids clothing. I’ll definitely add your recommendation to the list – love your Cambie dresses! Like another commenter, sometimes I just can’t resist a beautiful fabric! Spoonflower has worked really hard to address their printing troubles over the years; the fading isn’t as bad, the Ultra prints dark colors better, the crocking is minimal and the range of fabrics is impressive. Brigitte was kind enough to comment below that she’s made a fab pair of Demi pants with quilting cotton, so I checked Tessuti out and there are TONS of suitable patterns – I had no idea. It’s getting just the right mix of pattern, fabric and personal preference each time. With just two pieces to cut out and stitch together, garment construction doesn’t get any simpler than this kimono top from Simply Sewing issue 3. Sort by Price, low to high Price, high to low Alphabetically, A-Z Alphabetically, Z-A Date, old to new Date, new to old Best Selling View Grid I’ll bite the bullet and find out! Colette was the first place I went to for patterns. I hope this list gives you a few ideas for your own beautiful stack of quilting cotton garments and, as I said at the beginning, if you’ve had your own successes with the substrate or know of any other great patterns I’m missing, do let me know in the comments! I haven’t looked at their patterns, but will do so later on. Does anyone know if Sprout prints to ensure pattern matching? In this collection of patterns, there are accessories, home dec, kid's clothing, pajamas, robes, a few women's dresses and shirts. Keep ’em comin’! I’m just learning to sew so quilting cottons are perfect for me right now. I believe Tessuti reccomends linen, but I wanted something more casual to wear on a hot day without creasing like crazy! I just ordered the Negroni for my husband off Sprout patterns and we had so much fun picking out one of the designs. Overall, I don’t sew with it much, but I have a few truly favorite garments from it, so…, Here are my successes: Finally, I haven’t made many of these, so I can’t guarantee they will look… cool. Fusible light weight interfacing works perfectly. Staystitch right after cutting to avoid stretched out necklines! Spoonflower seems like a perfect new moms sewing reset button. I would love to sew an Aster in Spoonflower fabric – so many brilliant designs to choose from. I’ll definitely add the D&D patterns and will check out Megan Nielsen too. You can use denim, which would look great, but it is super thick to sew through. I have such a laborious process of tracing my pattern of the factory sheet, then outlining on fabric, THEN cutting. It’s also fully lined, so (if you use a slippy lining fabric) it doesn’t have the problem of riding up on leggings or tights, and the quilting cotton takes the gathers perfectly. For the patterns they offer, it’s usually enough to make it work. Also, for the next 48 hours, save 20% on any Colette project on Sprout Patterns with the code “COLETTELOVE”. SBCC make patterns for petite and petite plus bodies and Bonnie left a comment to say she’d had good success with their Paloma blouse. I have made Tessuti’s Demi Pant using Art Gallery cotton from Fabrics.com, and they sewed up just as I expected. If your washer has a second rinse cycle, take advantage of it to rinse out any extra dye or residue. Quilting cotton is a great fabric for hot climates because it breathes, but it wouldn’t work well for dressier clothing since it’s a casual looking fabric. Which version of the Brumby probably depends on your cotton thickness. I enjoyed reading your article. Their drafting is great and their styles have that je ne sais quoi many of us look for in a pattern. Great article with lots of useful info. PatternReview.com forums and message boards let sewers share and discuss sewing experiences. Have you ever looked for a list of garment patterns for which you can use quilting cotton? After a few washes, the fabrics stiffness will lessen and will stand up to many a night lounging on the couch. I know they aren’t bottom weight but sometimes they are just so pretty I can’t resist! What this means is that once you wash the fabric, it will be the correct size for you to cut, sew, and wear! The Sprout pattern options sound really interesting! I made one before but didn’t staystitch the waist and after pfaffing about it had stretched out so maybe that is why I am still a little unsure of it. this is such a great article. When I searched online to find some women’s patterns I could try with some of my cotton, I couldn’t find any specific list. I often use quilting cottons for skirts and tops. Great reminder, Katherine, that I should wash my quilting cottons multiple times before sewing them. . . YAY, more substrates! But, as it happens, swarmofchickadees has had success with the Helmi blouse/tunicdress and she’s made many a lovely version! . I love Collette patterns and have a subscription to Seamwork. The draping is both soft and structured. Of course, I’d love to win! They may just have jumped the queue a little…. I will gladly add your suggestions in any case. If the answer is no, I keep looking. The other issue I have is the v neck band folding in the middle.. I’d love to try this! It can be made in a variety of fabrics – make yours in a cotton print as we have for a crisp, structured feel, or … Edit: Thanks for all your suggestions here and on Instagram, which have been duly added. Although not mentioned, I personally made the Colette Beignet with quilting cotton and it’s one of my favourite projects ever. The Upton Dress has cotton listed as one of the recommended fabrics and I’ve seen a few versions on the web that look great. in front of me. As a quilter I have some fabric ready to go, thanks for the inspiration. I’ve never made a blouse, and I think a Sprout pattern might be the way to start! I used some for the contrast parts and it was good. It’s one of the patterns that I kept checking back for almost every other day to see if it had been added yet! I make a lot of baby/little girl dresses. Indie garment patterns that use quilting cotton, a nice article naming several of their patterns, talks about using it in this interesting article, nice article about using quilting cottons, New blouse: Deer & Doe Melilot blouse in 3 min. First attempt wasn’t pretty, but it’s a good housecleaning dress ! Who knew such a simple fabric would become a sewing controversy? This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and can in fact be pretty cute, but if it’s not the look you’re going for, choose your pattern carefully. I would really love to win! You’re very welcome – I’m glad it’s useful for you! It looks like it in the sample. I like the extra stiffness in the fabric; I once made a circle skirt that was so great because it had enough “substance” to hold its fullness through the entire day without wilting. Made from 100% high-quality cotton, Misscrafts Cotton Quilting Fabric, 12x12-Inch ensure the best outcome. Their style is quite simple, sometimes boxy and voluminous, which matches the substrate rather well. Press with the printed side down, when possible, for better results. I’d be interested to give it a go! I’m a novice sewer and have read to never use quilting cotton for clothing, which was always a bummer since it’s so inexpensive and readily available! Maddy at Miss Maddy Sews has made multiple circle skirts in quilting cotton and I think they turned out great! I couldn’t resist the bright and bold cottons before I knew what I was doing. I would love to give this a try. What a great idea. Oct 20, 2020 - Projects for sewing and quilting. A 1″-2″ double turned hem is great for a garment made in quilting cotton. Good quality (and there’s a lot of poor quality out there) stands up to many washes and is easy to work with. https://www.hungryhippiesews.com/2018/07/summer-dress-along-painted-portrait_13.html, Day 4 Where did you find your favourite fabrics? Lesson learned-choose the right pattern. Hello! Thanks for all the info. Margot, who has used quilting cotton for a number of Deer & Doe makes above, also let us know she’s found the Megan Nielsen Eucalypt tank top and dress works well with quilting cotton and that she’s about to try the Brumby skirt, which does looks like a contender. Don’t forget the 20% discount! https://www.hungryhippiesews.com/2018/07/summer-dress-long-painted-portrait_20.html, Thanks so much Julie. Just so you know, Sprout offers free international shipping on all orders over $100 :). I am going to start sewing with some lovely quilting cottons I bought, so thank you for this post! I had been thinking about making a button up shirt with quilting cotton, but I was afraid it would be too stiff. (Note: I have been informed in the comments it is not. I can recommend this one for sure. I’m a quilter, first and foremost, and I’ve never hesitated to use quilter’s cottons for apparel! , The Paloma Blouse is designed for quilting cottons. Such a cool post, Claire! I mostly bought viscose and popeline at the start of my sewing carrier, but still … (btw. I’m not a big fan of how structured it can be on adult clothing, but it is perfect for little dresses and blouses… and the prints are always so darling! And that shirt is hecka cute! Tilly wrote a nice article about using quilting cottons a couple of years back with some great tips. Making hot pads is an easy sewing project that will save you money and allow you to customize to your kitchen colors and style.. As for alterations, Sprout tries to choose patterns that do not require many alterations for most body shapes, but if you do need an alteration, try sizing up so you have more fabric to work with. I really like quilting cotton for loose fitting t-shirts and skirts. There are definitely purists who would never touch it for garments. I bought the hubster Albion and bought the outer fabric, wool lining, otter wax for the outer fabric, and a gorgeous silk for the sleeves. I have a bunch of QC and I need to use it! Quilting cottons are often referred to as “medium-weight cottons”, so if you see this in the recommended fabrics, there’s a good chance your quilting cotton will be just fine and dandy. Thanks for the tip about the 3 basting lines for the sleeve. Another suggestion in the comments, it was Susan who mentioned that many of the 100 Acts of Sewing from Sonya Philips patterns are made to showcase fabrics like quilting cotton. Nice spot! Thoughts? when I re-started sewing I knew nothing about quilting cottons except that was all I could find. This is exactly the list I’ve been looking for as I have quite a stash to get through as well… And I was just about to launch into making my husband a new shirt using a quilting cotton that he found for himself in a quilting shop in Livingston, MT. Today, I’ll discuss the nuances of sewing garments with quilting cottons. I have been using quilting cottons for garments for years, but learned early on that prewashing is key. I finally have a little time to do an update, so have added your recommendation in. In fact there are LOTS of quilting cotton Archers on the web if you surf around. I also remember you making a dress out of a black and white C&S print that I think I had the blue version of (that I used for the Beignet I think?). It looks so cute and comfortable and easy to sew! ( Log Out /  I’ve got one for you to add: I have made three Sewaholic Cambie dresses out of quilting cotton, and it’s perfect! So I decided to have a trawl through the website of as many indie companies as I could think of and list some ideas. 99 Thank you so much! I’ve been eyeing the Astor pattern for a while now so I would love to win a copy! Our patterns have been tried and tested by our in-house sewists, so you can be sure of a flawless finish. I’m currently in a vintage phase – one of the main reasons I taught myself to sew; ready-to-wear retro and vintage clothing is really too dear for my pocketbook! The Kalle top/tunic/shirtdress also looks like a contender to me, with its fairly sturdy hemline. You’ll find that sewing with quilting cotton is incredibly easy. Hey Nicole! This is a fantastic resource. Mostly, I use them for children’s garments. The weight of a thread is actually a length measurement. . Chris.W 35Pcs Quilting Fabric Squares Sheets, 10"x10" Cotton Craft Fabric Bundle Patchwork Pre-Cut Quilt Squares for DIY Sewing Scrapbooking Quilting Dot Pattern(Dark Color Set) Foraineam 50 Pieces Assorted Cotton Craft Fabric Bundle 8" x 8" (20cm x 20cm) Printed Patchwork Squares for DIY Sewing Quilting Scrapbooking Quilting cotton is by far the most common and easily assessable fabric out there. Takes care of a lot of the work. . Thank you for the post! This has changed my mind! I love sewing bags with quilting fabric - I get to use prints from all of my favorite designers. I’ve had my eyr on the aster for a while, it looks versatile and cute/profesh depending on the fabric you choose and styling. The  Tulip skirt has medium-weight cotton listed as a fabric, so quilting cotton should probably be fine, and any circle skirt should also be suitable, so I’ve listed the Full Circle Skirt. Think how many fun novelty prints you could use on the pyjamas? I’ve been wanting to try a sprout project for a while! Don’t do it! Quilting cotton is quite sturdy. But, it’s only an approximation and does not reflect the exact print placement.
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