We’re getting ready to re-stock our linen page in the web store. What do you think of 100% linen for spring/summer sewing? I have this dilemma each year as the spring market heats up. All my suppliers are pushing linens. Ready to wear uses them extensively, but sometimes our customers shy away from the all-linen offerings.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of linen. I love to sew with it. Similar to wool, it listens to what I say! If I want a hard crease, I can get it. If I want to roll the collar, I can get that too. Welt pockets–perfect! Comfortable–oh yeah! I love the cozy, feel of linen next to my body on hot days. I absolutely prefer it to cotton in the summer.
BUT, there is the wrinkle issue. I put up with the wrinkles for the other benefits, but I know many people feel just the opposite. Wrinkles can be tamed a bit. My favorite method is to tenderize the fabric by pre-washing 4 or 5 times before sewing. This softens the individual yarns and makes the creases less crisp (unless you want them to be crisp, then you steam press). The result is a washed hand and a softly rumpled look. Another popular method to control the wrinkle factor is underlining with silk organza. I choose linen suits a lot from ready-to-wear and make linen pants and dresses when I can.
As promised in my previous posts, below I’ve added some links to the web store for linens….much more to come in the next few weeks. Watch for several wonderful embellished selections coming that are perfect for summer fashion statements! More on those later…
Right now I have a lot of samples on my desk of pure linen in a variety of colors and weights. I’d love to know what you think…please comment below. Thanks!
We already have some wonderful linen/Lycra blends in stock in pretty spring colors -blue and rose with yellow, white and ginger coming soon. We also carry rayon/linen blends, cotton/linen, linen/cotton and silk/linen. You’l find many options in the Back Room also.