Garment sewing with quilting cottons can be a touchy subject in the sewing community. There are some people who love the stuff and others who steer clear of it. Whatever band wagon you’re on is fine, to each their own. I happen to be on Team Q.C. and there are lots of other people, even big companies, who appreciate these cottons for their durability and print variety. The term “Quilting Cotton” mostly refers to the industry the cottons are marketed to, and though it’s implied they have only one purpose, that isn’t necessarily true. If you have a structured dress pattern, and are looking for a mid weight, hearty fabric that comes in a ridiculously vast selection of colors and prints, a quilting cotton sounds pretty perfect for the job!
Here are a few examples of ModCloth’s Ready-To-Wear dresses made from quilt industry cottons:
Quilt industry fabric manufacturers, like Westminster/Free Spirit, often license their prints to companies for commercial use, as well as for the home sewer. Vintage inspired Fit & Flare dresses are a popular pair for quilting cottons and ModCloth seems to agree! I think having the option to buy a dress or, quite literally, make it yourself is pretty awesome, not to mention the fabric designers who receive royalties per yard are being supported in multiple ways. I think that’s pretty awesome, too!
Though my personal preference is to try and sew my own clothes whenever I can, I do love ModCloth for bringing cute, vintage inspired clothing to the masses. Not everyone has the time or the ability to try and recreate every cute dress they see out there, so I think it’s great you can get the same fantastic cotton prints in a ready-made dress!
While I haven’t quite decided which sewing pattern to use for my Spring For Cotton project yet, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be using a quilt industry cotton 😉
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