Study Hall Skirt in Ghost Wing & Domestic Cat
Me & Linen again. Ready for more?
I have always thought of linen in terms of it's texture-
that lovely, woven, toothy quality that makes any color printed on it
carry a different depth. These linens are no different. And part of
what makes that texture so pretty is the somewhat inconsistent weave
thicknesses that are visible in the light. While they more textured than my quilting cottons, I would not describe them as rough. The weave is not quite as tight as the quilting cotton, because the threads themselves are a bit thicker and more textured.
If I were going to make a really fitted garment, I might line it with something softer. I would say that the sheerness of the linen is about the same as the quilting cotton. Looser fitting garments (including those shown here) should be fine without lining (unless you're really tactile-specific anyway).
Socialite Dress in Flower Circuit & Linen Solid
If we're speaking literally on the scale, a yard
of linen falls between the quilting cotton and the cotton sateen (home
decor). But in actually thickness between your fingers, it is more
similar to the quilting cotton. For that reason, I've noticed that all of the sewing settings: stitch length, needle size, tension etc. are pretty much identical to what I do when I sew with quilting cotton.
Multi Tasker Tote in Ghost Wing & Domestic Cat
Linen is well known for it's durability,
so it makes a lovely choice for lighter upholstery, slipcovers, bags,
pillows, curtains, and more. I imagine this, in addition the the
fabric's width and style, is why some of the retailers are listing it
with the home decor goods. Further, linen does not stretch (like, at
all) so it hold's it's shape and is resistant to damage from abrasion.
The lack of stretchiness to this fabric makes it SO unbelievably simple to sew with- as in you can barely tell you're on the bias when you're on the bias. Beyond home decor, the addition of cotton in this blend is what keeps it
even more versatile in your sewing projects. Which brings me to
Art Student Tote (sans outer pockets) in Parenthetical Flight & Pressed Fields
It's important to keep in mind that drape, in my opinion, is a bit relative, depending on who is doing the describing, so take my words here as an impression and not law. I feel that the drape of the linen is somewhat similar to quilting cotton, however after washing where quilting cotton can get a little starchier in my opinion, I think the linen gets slightly more soft and drapey. It is never going to act like rayon or voile, but it maintains quite a bit of fluidity for a fabric that has as much texture, weight and body as this one does.
All Set Kids Blouse (modified to dress length) in Ghost Wing & Pressed Fields
All Set Kids Jacket in Parenthetical Flight & Voile Solids
All Set Kids Skirt in Flower Circuit & Pressed Fields
I can barely think of a limit for the performance of this fabric in my sewing. Except I would probably hesitate to make something densely gathered that would need to drop nicely like from a skirt or an elastic band... but a little gathered poof sleeve? Yes, just fine.
We've made quilts, clothes, home decor, embroideries, bags, and pretty much everything- and I have some upholstery and home decor plans of the nursery variety swirling around in the brain too. There are also some new colors of Linen Solids on the way soon that look gorgeous with this collection. I'll share some patchwork and embroidery projects soon too!