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Thread: Making childrens clothes from quilting fabric?

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    Super Member miss_ticky2's Avatar
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    Hi...just curious...do any of you make little girl's dresses from quilting fabric?
    I have a friend who wants to make dresses to sell and she keeps looking at quilting fabric because of the fabric patterns. I thought it wouldn't be suitable, being a slightly looser weave.
    Anyone done this? And how did it go?

    Thanks
    Janice

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    I have made things from "quilting" fabric that weren't quilts, clothing included. It went well.

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    I've made all kinds of clothing from "quilting" fabrics. No problems!!!

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    I haven't (I don't sew clothes) but the blogs are FULL of people making clothes for children out of the latest fabric collections.

    And some of the prints are cuter as little dresses than they'd ever be in a quilt. :mrgreen:

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    Remember feed sacks?

    They were used for clothing more than quilts way back when.

    They were generally a slightly looser weave than most current "quilting cottons"

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    Current quilting fabric is a tighter weave than in the past. I have made quite a few outfits from it. But, if she wants to make a profit, using high quality, $10 a yard fabric would probably not work out.

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    I have made many clothing items for my daughter and granddaughter from "quilting" fabrics. Works just fine

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    why not? it is good quality cotton- makes great clothes...until the quilting bug started running rampant across the country the cotton's in the fabrics stores were mostly made for clothing- it has just been the past 10 years or so that the manufacturers figured out they could expand their market by calling it 'quilting cottons'
    i've been sewing for 43 years- most of the clothes i made were from cottons- the same cottons that people are now using for their quilts...of course i used them for quilts too- the scraps that were not used in the clothes.

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    Thanks everyone...sounds like its a 'go-er' then :)

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    I have made my daughter dozens of scrub tops from quilting fabric. It washes nicely and lasts a long time.

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    I love my tops I make from quilting cottons especially batik!

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    I abhor making clothing from quilting fabric for one reason and one reason ONLY.

    Because 100% cotton wrinkles HORRIBLY and I hate ironing!

    I always head to the fashion fabrics section and choose fabrics that wash well and don't wrinkle badly. Crepe is one of my favorites. But fashion fabrics don't have as many fun prints as the quilt cottons do. It's a trade-off. I use my embroidery machine to embellish my little girl's dresses with fun things!

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    I make all my shirts out of quilting fabric and I've never had a problem. I plan on making dresses for new grand daughter and will use cotton fabrics.

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    I make clothes for my granddaughter with quilt fabric. The only problem is that they usually need to be ironed after washing. But all the colors, patterns, etc. are so beautiful that it is worth it.
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    I even use quilting cottons for my boys for pants and shorts. Obviously those are more warm weather than cold, but they work great. Just expect that the knees will wear out faster than bottomweights like corduroy, etc., but this way they get more interesting pants and shorts than just solids. (They're so happy because I found a new Transformers print - the ones I made previously just tore out at the knees a few months ago, after 1-2 years of wearing/washing.)

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    I`ve made quite a few little girls dresses out of quilting fabric and thy turned out beautiful, and durable....no problems at all!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by miss_ticky2
    Hi...just curious...do any of you make little girl's dresses from quilting fabric?
    I have a friend who wants to make dresses to sell and she keeps looking at quilting fabric because of the fabric patterns. I thought it wouldn't be suitable, being a slightly looser weave.
    Anyone done this? And how did it go?

    Thanks
    Janice

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    I make tops for myself all the time!

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    The only draw back I see is they will have to be ironed :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntannette
    I`ve made quite a few little girls dresses out of quilting fabric and thy turned out beautiful, and durable....no problems at all!!! here are three i made for my godaughter just this summer....from 100 % coton
    Quote Originally Posted by miss_ticky2
    Hi...just curious...do any of you make little girl's dresses from quilting fabric?
    I have a friend who wants to make dresses to sell and she keeps looking at quilting fabric because of the fabric patterns. I thought it wouldn't be suitable, being a slightly looser weave.
    Anyone done this? And how did it go?

    Thanks
    Janice
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    I think it would be just fine!

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    It works just fine for me.

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    Thank you everyone, think I'll definitely try it. Huntannette, those dresses are lovely :)

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    thank you!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by miss_ticky2
    Thank you everyone, think I'll definitely try it. Huntannette, those dresses are lovely :)

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