Linen Fabric Information

Linen Fabric Information

A knowledge base for sewing and working with linens.

Linen is the oldest  fiber, dating back to 8000 BC in some records. It has stood the test of time for many reasons. It is durable, resists moths, sheds dirt and does not produce lint.  It is exceptionally absorbent, making it ideal for warm weather comfort.  The fiber weaves into a strong fabric that dyes easily. Strong colors, although fade resistant and colorfast,  do not have staying power at the creases of garments.

There are four categories that we use in our descriptions.

Handkerchief: Tissue weight for blouses and lingerie

Lightweight:  Blouses, shirts, dresses

Mid-weight:  Structured tops, pants, dresses, skirts

Heavy weight:  Suits and outerwear jackets.

All linens wrinkle…it is part of their charm.  There are several ways to deal with the wrinkles depending on your desired look.  To preserve the smooth, crisp look of the fabrication, underline with silk organza, line with cotton, rayon or poly lining and press carefully.  To soften the look, wash the fabric 4-5 times before construction.  The wrinkles, though still present, will have a soft rolling look as opposed to a hard crisp line.  It is personal preference as to the end result you desire.



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Note: The information offered in this fabric guide is meant to extend the customer’s understanding of the fabrics that are offered in our online store and should not be considered a complete source for fabric and fiber know-how. Information provided here is a culmination of the knowledge of our staff as we work and sew with the various fabrics we sell.