Denim comes in such a wide variety of weights that it can be hard to find the right fabric online. You can find very stiff selvedge denim, lightweight Tencel blends, and everything in-between. For the Kristin top, you need lightweight denim, so look for denim that is 8oz or less. If you are in doubt of the weight, you can always use chambray for a denim lookalike. For this sample, we used a 4.5oz denim.
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.
Rayon is lightweight but stable, and it takes ink well, so it comes in a variety of prints and colors. 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.
International sources for rayon: Blackbird Fabrics (CA), Coser Cosas (ES), Pretty Mercerie (FR), Miss Matatabi (JP), Miss Maude Sewing (NZ), Fabric Godmother (UK), Dragonfly Fabrics (UK), The Crafty Mastermind (UK)
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