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« on: January 30, 2006 04:57:01 AM »

Just wondering if anyone knew how to make calico soft? I'm toying with the idea of entering into the australian cotton week young designers awards and 80% of your designs must be calico. I always imagine calico as that cream boring material with flecks of brown in, but i'm sure its alot more versatile than that?

Can anyone help me?
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2006 05:41:43 AM »

Unless each country calls it something else, I think you're talking about muslin.  Calico usually is printed with a very small pattern, like flowers or something ala "Little House on the Prairie".  That's what I always think of, anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2006 12:55:22 PM »

You find calico in the quilters section of fabric stores.  It's lightweight, all or mostly cotton, with small prints.  It can be colorful or dull.

If it's a little stiff, wash it in hot water and throw in it the dryer before you make anything.  You should do this anyway because the calico may shrink later. 

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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2006 11:57:37 PM »

Calico in Australia is muslin in the States. Dunno why.

I have heard that soaking in vinegar can soften cotton, but I haven't tried it myself.
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2006 04:59:35 PM »

wash it with a *touch* of bleach
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2006 05:38:11 PM »

thanks guys! i've decided i shoudl knuckle down to my fashion studies instead of entering the competition, but thanks anyways! i'll keep all those tips in my head for future use!
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