I’m throwing in my two cents on one of the most divisive subjects in the sewing community: quilting cottons. Do you use quilting weight cottons for garment sewing? When most people learn how to sew, they usually begin working with quilting cottons. They’re easy to work with. They’re sturdy, iron well, pin easily, and won’t give your sewing machine any trouble. Plus, they’re available in a million different colors and patterns, some of which are ridiculously cute. The skirt I’m wearing is made from a cotton print I bought at Joann’s a few years ago. It features Monet prints. How cool?! But to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever worn this skirt out since I made it many years ago. Why not? To find out, keep reading!
I know many people who regularly sew with quilting weight fabrics and have much success, creating stunning and colorful skirts and dresses. For me, though, I’ve found that the garments I’ve made in the past with quilting cottons have ended up looking a bit Becky home-ecy, if you know what I mean. Compare this cotton skirt with the beautiful silk skirt I made a couple of years ago:
Making clothes out of beautiful fine fabrics is just so much more rewarding to me. Fabrics that are made for garments have more body, structure, and interest to me. That’s not to say that you can’t make a perfectly nice skirt or dress out of cotton, but for me, it’s just not going to end up being a knock-out piece.
Now in all fairness, looking at these pictures has me feeling a bit silly for never wearing this skirt. It’s fun! I look like a cool art chick. I should totally bust this skirt out sometime.
But, as a general rule, I don’t sew with quilting cottons anymore. If I find pretty cotton fabric that I just have to have, I’ll make a tote bag or a set of pillowcases or a throw pillow cover.
What about you? Where do you stand on this contentious issue? Are you all for quilting cottons? Do you steer clear like the plague? Here are a few close-up shots of this fun fabric:
By the way, are you curious to know what pattern this skirt was made from? It’s the Meringue skirt from the Colette Sewing Book.
Are you a sewing book hoarder, too? I love going to Barnes & Noble and combing through the selection of sewing books. I rarely sew from them, though. I either don’t want to trace patterns or I’m too scared to cut into them. Nevertheless, I highly recommend the Colette book. I find that even if I don’t sew through all of the patterns, there are usually tons of helpful tips and suggestions in pattern books.
Oh, before I forget, be sure to check out Seams and Scissors latest post entitled “30 Under 30,” featuring their list of the 30 best sewing bloggers under 30 which includes ****drumroll*** me! I’m so honored to be a part of the list and consider myself to be in very esteemed company with many other sewing bloggers who I am already a big fan of (I see you, Tasha!).
Oh, Oh, and one last announcement! McCall’s is running a sewing contest right now on pattern M7542. Sew up any version between now and May 7th and post on social media with the hashtag #m7542 to win a $100 fabric gift card or $100 worth of McCalls patterns. Pretty sweet, huh?