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« on: April 28, 2009 02:11:06 PM »

Is there a difference in fabric? My mom told me that a long time ago quilting fabric was not as durable but looking through the selection at Jo Ann's some of the nicer brands seemed as durable (if not more) than some of the regular sewing fabric, and the selection is really nice too. I was just wondering if anyone has made clothing from quilting fabric and if you had any problems.
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2009 02:37:12 PM »

I made my mom 2 dresses out of quilt fabric.  It's just as good for any pattern that calls for a cotton fabric, as long as the quilt fabric drapes as nicely, etc.  Some quilt fabrics aren't as thick, but it makes sense to me that quilt fabric would have to be more durable to be able to withstand being cut into small pieces and sewn back together.  Some quilt fabrics are also treated with starch or something that makes them stiffer on the bolt, so you'd want to prewash the fabric to keep your finished garment the size it is supposed to be.

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2009 03:01:32 PM »

I've made clothes out of the cottons from the quiting section.  I've had no problems with it, I actually prefer it, but I have a preferance to cotton anyways.  I recently wore a shirt I made out of quilters cotton to a festival here NorCal, and it was cool and lovely, I didnt want to take it off =).  I agree that the cottons in the quitlers section seem to be of higher quality, I've purchased some that actually felt more like linen than cotton and is just dreamy to wear.

« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2009 08:52:03 AM »

Thanks for the input. There are defiantly some lower quality fabrics that I wouldn't choose but there are some really nice ones too.
I am really just looking at some simple cotton shirts and dresses for my daughter, but I would hate to spend my limited time on something that will fall apart on me.
There was a really cute summer print I liked I think I am going to make a little skirt out of it and see how that goes.
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2009 02:20:55 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2009 01:03:40 AM »

Nice quilting cottons (like Moda or Amy Butler) make really nice clothes, because they're thick and heavy cotton. I have a couple skirts made from moda fabric, and they've held up nicely. I wouldn't hesitate to use quilting cotton instead of ordinary cotton. :3

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