We have Ginseng from Joel Dewberry, Drawing Room from Anna Maria Horner and Midwest Modern from Amy Butler in the shop, and County Fair from Denyse Schmidt will soon arrive! Aside from their beauty these collections all have something else in common; they all feature fabrics with a slightly heavier, home dec weight.

We asked Joyce Robertson, Commercial Director for Westminster Fibers Fabrics Division, to share a little information with us about this industry trend towards heavier, wider cottons:

Sew,Mama,Sew: We were a little surprised to see so many designers coming out with collections in home dec weight this season. Can you tell us why Westminster has chosen to go this direction?
Joyce Robertson: We want to provide diversity in the marketplace. Our wider width fabrics and new substrates are intended to persuade the home sewer towards lifestyle projects rather than just quilting (i.e. home decorating, apparel, accessories, etc…).

SMS: We noticed that the groups are printed on cotton sateen, cotton canvas, or heavy cotton sateen. What can you tell us about each of these?
Joyce: The cotton sateen has a characteristic soft, smooth, lustrous surface. The cotton canvas is a firm, closely woven more durable cloth which has body and strength and used where sturdiness is required.

SMS: How do you determine which of the above fabrics you’ll use for a collection?

Joyce: Our artists request these specific substrates for their fabric collection

SMS: Can you use these collections for quilting? For making clothing? Does a certain type of fabric particularly lend itself to certain uses?

Joyce: Yes, even though the fabric is heavier than regular quilting cotton, these fabrics can still be used for quilting and apparel. There is no limit for these substrates in home sewing projects.

We have upcoming interviews with some of our favorite designers to share more about this trend in the weeks to come, and we love all of the latest projects featuring these collections. The first photo of beautiful skirts by Kristen of Gock’s Frocks features Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern. The little red dress highlights Drawing Room fabric and was designed by Melissa of little girl Pearl. The Weekender Bag by Judy from jw917 also features Midwest Modern fabrics.