Here’s another great list of specific Indie Sewing Patterns for Quilting Cotton by Belle Citadel. I wouldn't use it for a garment that was super dressy or slinky, but for most of what I make and wear, I love it. Do you like the feel of it on your skin? We are going to dive into all of these questions and learn all about quilting cotton. Oh you are so nice! 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! No pun intended, I feel like these are ideal for full skirts, weight-wise, and only the cutout finagling with one-way pattern repeats can rain on that parade. of the quilting cottons - I have not had any problems in those areas. Quilting cotton prints are literally printed onto the fabric, therefore, your stripes may not actually line up the grain line of your fabric. Finally, Ottobre magazine often shows their lovely summer patterns for children made up in "quilting cottons" (Horner for example)- and they look high quality and fashion forward.So as always I guess the main point is the need to to choose fabric which suits the pattern in weight and drape and to choose patterns/prints and colours that go with current trends and suit the wearer. I've never really considered that, I use quilting cotton all the time. I can see them being ok for shirts, but since I mostly make dresses and full skirts they don't work for me. The quilters for whom I sewed tops didn't care what kind of fabric was in the top, so long as they could muscle their needles through it. "Quilt shop quality" printed cottons really are almost a whole other type of fabric. Instead, I ordered three and a half yards of Ladder Lines in Sage from the Carolyn Friedlander Doe collection for Robert Kaufman. Still, I think its usable for certain garment projects and shouldn't just be left to the quilters. It drapes well for the skirt and is easy to clean! That said though, I noticed a little later on that my love for the prints proved overwhelming and my wardrobe started to look a little nuts and "homemade." I tend to fall in category three. honestly, until i started reading other sewing blogs, i didn't know sewing garments with quilting cotton was one of the seven deadly sins of sewing. 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. Not sure where that puts me in your spectrum! Despite my other reservations, I have to say that the quilting cotton I used wrinkles very little. Just in a different way. Learn more about my sewing journey. Shouldn't we be glad we have so many options these days? Really, snobs about fabric? It is generally lovely quality, with such beautiful colours and prints, and therefore would be ideal for the right project, but I am more often warned off by price than any other consideration. What about another type of sewist? So quilting cottons are a wonderful option, given the pattern is suitable for that kind of fabric, or if I like the look and feel and drape of the finished garment. I sewed it into a cute little sundress with black top-stitching. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. Between being poor and a VERY novice seamstress, it would be a huge waste of my money to use "nice" fabric. However, alot of my sewing is making quick shorts for my kids, or summer skirts for me. I'm always seduced by the prints, myself.Your green shoes are super fab, by the way. Check It Out. I also use them for some of my bags, not many, but some. Thanks again. (And, quite frankly, there isn't a huge amount of fabric choice where I live unless you want to make a ballgown or a quilt.). In definetley going to try softening the quilting fabric before I sew. Of course as others have said there are quality differences, and you have to know when the fabric would be appropriate for the project, but isn't that the same for any fabric? The variety of colors and prints available is incredible, make cute skirts and dresses for both me and my daughter, and are inexpensive if you can get them on sale. It's just plain true. Hey Carlee! That said, not all quilting cottons are equal. Yes, you can use quilting cotton as apparel fabric. The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. I'm def in the 3rd group. But then I am convinced that germany is a developing country in the area of fabrics! Sew be it ;). Have never seen another batik cotton in a garment here though. I NEVER use them for adult garments. I just made a circle skirt using Cotton+Steel quilting cotton and it worked well – easy to sew with and it looks very good! IMHO If i can find a cute cotton that feels right in the quilting section why should i pay 3x as much for something similar in the 'shirtings' section just because it's called not on a rack for quilters? I don’t want any shrinking to happen later. (Can we retire this term? I am developing hanmade dyed and printed fabrics in my Textile studio. Ooh interesting, I’m curious about the Sprout pre-printed system. thread is heavier because it takes only 40 kilometers of thread to weigh one kilogram. Spotlight also guarantees the best prices, so you can count on value for money when you shop at Spotlight! A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. I still stand by what I said, but I don't want to to seem like I was being snarky or anything.