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quilting cotton for pants (?)

traumerei | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I was wondering, is there something I can use to stiffen lightweight quilting cotton to make it a weight similar to khaki or midweight denim? Is there an interfacing I can use? Or, do I have to simply use a bottom layer of heavier fabric under the cotton? I hate that bottomweight fabrics don’t come in such a huge variety of colours and patterns…

Thanks for your help!

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  1. GhillieC | | #1

    You could certainly make it heavier with an underlining, but the problem will be that the top will still be soft. This means that it probably will not take wear very well, and will certainly damage far more easily than a denim.

    Cheers,

    Ghillie

  2. carolfresia | | #2

    You can't make the fabric stronger so that it wears longer (like denim), but if you'd like it slightly heavier so that it's more flattering for pants, you can underline it. I've used a second layer of similar-weight cotton broadcloth (solid color, usually), but you could try batiste, which is lighter in weight. Just cut the pants in the fashion fabric and underlining, and handle the two layers as one. There are such a lot of pretty, whimsical prints available in lighter weights, and these days they look great for pants and skirts.

    Carol

  3. kjp | | #3

    What about trying a fusi-knit or french-fuse interfacing to underline the pants?  It might improve the drape and reduce wrinkles. 

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