Style Series- Knowing Your Fabrics Part 1: Quilting Cotton

Whether you make your own clothes or want to be a shopping expert, it’s helpful to know about different fabrics and how they “work.” Aside from color and pattern, different types of fabric can have totally different looks because of the way they drape or hang on the body, especially in doll scale. This series will help you learn more about some fabrics that are often used for doll clothes, so you can know more about how to use them or what to look for when you are shopping!

Part 1: Quilting CottonQuilting Cottons

Quilting cotton is probably the most commonly used fabric, because it comes in tons of amazing colors and patterns! It is one of the easiest fabrics to work with because it doesn’t stretch or get out of shape, and it also presses nicely so that the finished seams are clean and crisp. Always watch out for folds that are in the fabric when you purchase it though- sometimes they can be very difficult to steam out, so always press your fabric before cutting your pieces out to avoid having permanent creases in your finished item. Cotton is great for design elements such as pleats, because it keeps that clean fold, or styles that are fitted and crisp. Although it is tempting to use quilting cotton for everything because of the availability of patterns, your standard quilting cotton may not be a good choice for a skirt or dress that you’d like to have a “flowy” look, because the fabric doesn’t drape that way, especially in a small scale. It also may not work well for something like a pair of pants, which are typically done with a heavier weight fabric.

 “Clarisse Originals” made of cotton: Cotton BlouseCotton works well for a collared blouse, because it is fitted and the collar will stay neat and tidy.
Cotton Dress

This simple wrap dress would work in many different fabrics, but the cotton gives it a classic clean look.

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7 thoughts on “Style Series- Knowing Your Fabrics Part 1: Quilting Cotton

  1. This is good information. I know that many of your fans have sewn all their lives,but I’ve come late to having an interest in sewing and have a great deal to learn. I look forward to your next “lesson”.

  2. Yes. I always am thinking of my dolls when I look at fabric. I find my to the remnant bin for fabrics for all my dolls. My hunt has been for dance fabrics so I can make a gymnast’s out fit for my granddaughters two dolls. At least one ballet & skating outfit. I still hunt for something 70s because we had cool colors then!

  3. Pingback: Work It Like a Boss / Fabric 101 | Doll Mag

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