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    cotton lawn?

    Just got a Connecting Threads catalog in, and they're advertising "New Cotton lawn". Went to the website for a description ....

    "Cotton lawn is a lightweight, semi-sheer fabric that is similar to voile,
    but slightly crisper and less transparent. It uses fine threads in a tighter
    weave than quilting cotton, which results in a very smooth, buttery
    soft fabric with a slight sheen and beautiful drape. Quilts made from
    lawn are very lightweight, delicate, and soft, which is wonderful for
    summertime or baby quilts. Lawn is also perfect for blouses, skirts,
    children’s clothing, curtains, pillowcases and sleepwear."

    Has anyone used cotton lawn before? I've never even heard of it.
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    It is NOT unique to CT, and it has been available for many, many years. In fact, I made my now 15 year old GD her Christening gown and set out of lawn...
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    Never heard of it! I would love to the answer too.

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    I have heard of it as an apparel fabric (mainly from novels). I would not necessarily know it if i saw it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momto5 View Post
    It is NOT unique to CT, and it has been available for many, many years. In fact, I made my now 15 year old GD her Christening gown and set out of lawn...
    ITA been around forever!!!! ... some of the summer dresses I made as a teenager were made from lawn. As it said, it's much finer than traditional cotton yardages. Very nice and delicate, heading towards semi-sheer ... though for those reasons, I'm not sure I would use it for quilts. However that's JIMHO!
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    It is a garment fabric in my opinion. A little too sheer and lightweight for me in a quilt. I have made vintage looking doll dresses out of it...and some summer blouses.
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    like the other posters, i've always known it as garment fabric. CT seems to think it'd make a good quilt. i'll wait for others to try it and show the quilts in the Pictures forum LOL
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    As everyone else said, I've used it in garments, but the clothing wore well. I saw the new line at CT and I'm going to order a yard just to see what it's like. I love the prints! Also, the width is 54", which is a plus.
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    If it's semi transparent wouldn't you have to "really" be careful of the batting showing through?
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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie View Post
    If it's semi transparent wouldn't you have to "really" be careful of the batting showing through?
    Yes, I wouldn't use it for quilting. I'd use it for summer blouses, and actually lined my wedding dress with it. The dress was microfiber, and I wanted cotton next to my skin since the weather was warm.

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    That takes me back to my childhood memories of Mother and her sewing and hearing the word "lawn". That was considerable years ago, believe me and I hadn't heard that word in years until now. Like deja vu.
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    Laura Ingalls often had dresses made out of 'lawn' fabrics!

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    Yes, I know it for very light weight summer garments.

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    I remember it from the vintage clothing we used to collect and model.
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    If you look at the cotton lawn quilt they have in the magazine, note that they hung it in a window and you can see the seam allowances through the quilt. Seems to me the quilt would be very soft and drapeable, but I'm not sure how well it would wear. Wouldn't the seam allowances have a tendency to fray a lot?

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    How does it compare o the thickness of cotton batiste?

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    I would use it to make a wholecloth trapunto quilt.

    And some new nightgowns. It's beautiful fabric and perfect for antique styling and sewing techniques - pintucking, smocking, faux hemstitching, entredeaux. I didn't realize CT was carrying it now, so thanks for the heads up.

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    I sooo badly it were available in quilting cotton. I love the prints, but not lawn for a lap quilt for myself.

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    Cotton lawn would be good for objects in a wall hanging or table runner ... something that would not be heavily used. It is a bit heavier than batiste but not as "heavy" as cotton broadcloth (if I could describe broadcloth as heavy). I could see it used as accents in an art quilt.
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    Used to make my 3 daughters summer dresses for church from it. Very delicate.

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    I used to use cotton lawn for heirloom sewing. It is used for shadow embroidery, lacework, pintucks, and French sewing techinques. Fine cotton lawn lends itself to this type of sewing and sews beautiful. It makes beautiful blouses and heirloom baby dresses. Martha Pullen is a well known teacher with many books and patterns to her credit on the technique of heriloom sewing. She has a quilt pattern using these tehniques and it would be more of a christening quilt than a using quilt, in my opinion.

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    Beautiful light weight fabric has been around for years. Ladies dresses in the Victorian Era were made from it. I always thought it was a bit pricey because I had only seen it through Liberty of London {around $23.00 a yard}. It seems to be coming more popular now and I have seen it for a lot less at other fabric stores.

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    Maybe you could make a simple pieced baby quilt and make some of the blocks 'feature' squares and use some of those wonderful French sewing techniques in them. It would be very sophisticated, I think. Definitely heirloom! And maybe use a soft handmade ruffle tucked into the binding. Definitely high-loft batting but very light and soft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fairydawn View Post
    Beautiful light weight fabric has been around for years. Ladies dresses in the Victorian Era were made from it. I always thought it was a bit pricey because I had only seen it through Liberty of London {around $23.00 a yard}. It seems to be coming more popular now and I have seen it for a lot less at other fabric stores.

    Note: Liberty of London fabrics are 54" wide
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Yes, I wouldn't use it for quilting. I'd use it for summer blouses.
    Well, I guess I'm going to eat my own words. Here is a quilter who IS using it for a quilt. I'd be curious to see how the quilt holds up after a couple of years.

    http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2...-giveaway.html

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