My post a couple of weeks ago on handmade Halloween costumes got me thinking: how many quilters are also sewing fabric to make garments?
|Garments, home decor and quilts coexist at the International Quilt Market – Houston, Fall 2014.|
I’ll bet many of you made a dirndl skirt, vest, or similar garment when first learning to sew. But then you got too busy, or it wasn’t fashionable to make your own clothes, or you were just more interested in making quilts and home décor. And so you happily put away your garment sewing instructions and patterns and started collecting fat quarters and a rainbow of threads.
But now, maybe you have a grandchild you want to sew for, or your teenager wants to make her own clothes (since sewing is ‘cool’ again), or you just can’t resist those fashion fabrics.
For those reasons and more, the line between garment sewing and quilting seems to be blurring. Amber Eden, editor of our sister magazine, Stitch, noticed this trend when she was at Quilt Market in Houston last month and wrote a blog post entitled Can Quilters Sew Garments? about it. Amber was on a Coats and Clark panel there geared to quilt shop owners, providing tips on how to gain the fashion sewing customer:
Every Quilt Market, I see more and more companies catering to the fashion sewists. Many women and men are walking around wearing garments created from these fabrics, and booths everywhere have adorable clothing on display.
I really don’t see the distinction between quilting and sewing that some see. Most of the quilters I know have some fashion sewing in their background, just as fashion sewists like myself have tried their hand at quilting. It’s a fluid boundary, and it’s the pretty fabrics and colors that hook us, however we translate our creativity.
If the attendance at the panel was any indication, lots of quilt shop owners feel the same way, and it was a fascinating topic to explore, especially from an economics point of view. And I think you can expect to find the notions and tools of both sides of this crafting coin in the independent stores more and more.
So, can quilters sew garments? Can garment sewists make quilts? Of course! There is plenty of fabric to go around.
Want to try your hand at fashion sewing? Be sure to check out BurdaStyleUS for patterns, sewing tips, inspiration and more.
P.S. What was your first sewing project? Share in the comments below.