Linen is the ultimate all-season fabric. This natural fiber breathes well and makes a luxurious garment that looks (and feels) expensive. The only downside is that it is prone to wrinkling. It’s best to embrace the wrinkles as part of linen’s signature look but to minimize them, look for blends that include rayon.
Rayon is lightweight but stable, with plenty of drape. It’s perfect for dresses! It’s made from naturally occurring cellulose and you might also see it called modal or viscose. Rayon is incredibly soft and tends to shrink dramatically. Either pre-treat rayon by washing and drying or care for your finished garments delicately by handwashing or dry cleaning.
If you’ve never sewn with double gauze before, you are in for a treat! Double gauze is made from two layers of gauze fabrics that are basted together, so one side can look completely different from the other side. You’ll often find double gauze made from loosely woven cotton and linen for breathability and comfort. It really is an ultra-soft and dreamy fabric that feels delicate and substantial all at once. Tip: Use a rotary cutter and a walking foot for double gauze since the two layers can be slippery.
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