Many people avoid using quilting cottons and upholstery fabric for apparel because they are supposedly unsuitable materials. However, I have had quite a bit of success with them, understanding that neither is going to drape very much at all!
And some of the prints and colors are so very pretty, they are impossible to resist!
Step 1: Fabric Re-Imagined
Step 2: Inspiration
I was debating whether or not to add sleeves to my first Butterick 5882. In the end, the question was moot because I did not have enough fabric. Oh well, I will save that for the next one!
Step 3: The Muslin
Step 4: Lining
I did not have any matching green thread for the cotton print, so I decided to go with a contrasting pink. This is not a detail that anyone else will ever see, but it makes me happy.
Step 5: The Skirt and Zipper
Of course, I added a strip of silk organza to the back opening, and used a lapped application for the zipper.
Step 6: Finished!
The moral of the story is, go ahead and use any fabric you desire – just remember the benefits and limitations of the particular fabric to avoid disappointment.
And to prove this project was not just a fluke - here is another example of upholstery fabric apparel, and one made entirely of quilting cotton!