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« on: April 16, 2013 07:38:05 PM »

Recently, I found out that there is actually quite a bit of controversy on the usage of quilting cottons for apparel use. Being that I am a newbie to the sewing game, having found my way over from refashioning, I had never considered that you weren't supposed to use quilting cotton for apparel. So far, I've used it for skirts and plan to use up my stash for summer dresses. It's held up pretty well, cared for properly. I wouldn't choose it for anything drapey or dressy; I'd probably look for something to refashion for that.

For the most part, I don't recall ever seeing a large selection of apparel fabrics in Jo-Ann's and it's basically non-existent in Wal-Mart; those are the only two places near me for fabric. If I want to commit to a day trip (if 9am-11pm can be considered a day trip), I can drive to New York's fashion district and blow a stack of cash at Mood. Or buy blindly online.

So, two questions:
1- How do you feel about using quilting cotton for apparel and why?
2- Since it seems that quilting cotton has taken over, where do you get your quality apparel fabrics online?

« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2013 12:31:17 AM »

I use "quilting" cotton for clothing and all kinds of crafts.  It's durable, well-made, comes in great colors and patterns. 
I've never heard of a controversy--what on earth could the objections be?  Um..."You'll look like a quilt"? 
After all, quilts started out being made of outdated clothing and scraps!

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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2013 05:53:40 PM »

I'm unaware of a controversy but I also don't have any 'sewing' pals locally..I'm sure that's why. I've made PLENTY of casual clothing items from quilting cotton and ALWAYS use the quilt backing muslin (or whatever it's called) for mock-ups.

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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2013 05:11:41 PM »

I too haven't heard of any 'controversy' over it. I guess there are some people who would 'look down' on it. Is that it?  Huh
I have used it for sewing clothes without any problems. All my kids have clothes made from it, and the items have held up well. If you like it, go for it!
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2013 08:20:48 AM »

I love using quilting cotton for sundresses - it's sturdy and breathes. If people really have a problem with it, they can buy me fabric to convince me otherwise.

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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2013 09:45:26 AM »

I use quilting cotton for clothes because it is the easiest to get and typically good quality. 

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