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Topic: what can you use calico for (apart from toile)?  (Read 1376 times)
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« on: December 11, 2009 08:10:46 AM »

I just bought some calico (it was perfect for an "Obi Wan Kenobi" costume for my son, I hope it will last Undecided) and I really like the look and feel of the material (not to mention the price Grin)
Is it durable? Have you used it for some projects?

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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2009 09:25:18 AM »

I had to look this up because in the states Calico is cheap cotton print.  I assume your talking about just plain woven fabric?  You could make grocery bags or tote bags from it.

« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2009 09:58:35 AM »

Yes sorry Embarrassed I forgot about the different names
I think you might call it muslin?? It's unbleached cotton a bit rustic and with a few imperfection I find it lovely  Tongue

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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2009 11:18:10 AM »

You can use it for lots of things. 

I dyed some and made a great skirt with it. 

It is often sheer so layering it can be good.

Basically use if for anything that requires woven fabric that you think would look nice made from the fabric. 

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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2009 04:49:33 AM »

I think it depends on the quality.  You can find some cheap muslin that's not really very good for anything.  But then all the stuff I've gotten from Joann's has been great, a little more flimsy than their other cottons, but perfectly fine for everything I've used it for--mostly costumes and linings.  In fact, my next project that I'm going to buy fabric for is a blouse I was going to use bleached muslin for.

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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2009 02:01:20 PM »

I like to use it for backing things and as an interlining. It keeps the lining colour from showing through on the top when flatlined to the fashion fabric. I tend to buy 100% cotton muslin cuz it's thicker and stronger-seeming, but I'm not afraid of the cotton-poly blend if it's on sale and won't be having any strength role.

It also seems like it'd be nice for summer men's dress shirts.

« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2009 07:18:08 PM »

I don't know if this sounds awful or not, but after I finish making muslins and I can't re-use them to make more muslins and I don't want to keep them hanging around for no reason, I like to make rags out of them.  And sometimes, I like to make pocket linings out of them, as long as they don't show from the outside.  But usually, they turn into rags for my swiffer.
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