Virgin White 185 European Laundered Linen

European laundered linen, tumbled at the mill for softness. Pure white.

The cloth is a light/medium weight linen that works with so many of our patterns. It sews up gathered dresses, skirts, shirts and loose fitting trousers beautifully. 

Produced in small batches in Eastern Europe where there is a strong heritage of spinning and weaving linen fabric.

*Model photo to show how our 185 linen range sews up. Ellis dress in Goodnight 185.

Details

Made in Eastern Europe

Composition: 100% linen
Width: 143cm
Weight: 185gsm

Care Instructions

Wash at 30 degrees with a non bio detergent. Do not tumble. Shake out and dry flat. Linen will always seize up after washing but as soon as you start to use/wear it the fibres relax again.

Certifications

  • Linen: OEKO-TEX
  • Dye: GOTS

Eco-credentials:
The 185 range is a European linen produced in a mill run on green energy.

Flax is a strong plant best grown in northern Europe. It needs little or no fertilisers and due to the local climate, little extra water. It doesn’t really require many pesticides either as it can grow in poor quality soil. The Advisory Commission Report to the European Parliament stated that flax cultivation has positive effects on eco-system diversity as it allows for an “environmental pause”. One hectare of flax can retain 3.7 tonnes of CO2. Every part of the plant is used, what isn’t used to produce linen can be used to make linseed oil, paper, cattle feed or even soap.

Linen is therefore almost naturally organic. It is completely biodegradable, recyclable and due to its natural absorbency, it requires less dye than cotton. Linen therefore scores high on the ecological chart.

 

 

Thread Match

Gutermann Sew All: 800

Sewing Tips

  • While the needle size for your project will entirely depend on the pattern you’ve chosen, our general rule of thumb: we recommend using a size 10 needle for a pattern with relatively little bulk (like The Trapeze), whereas you may use a size 12 on The Miller as you need to work through multiple layers of linen.
  • The key to a successful linen handmade garment starts with careful and considered preparation. Before you cut your pattern out, be sure to iron the cloth as linen wrinkles easily.
  • We recommend pulling a thread to enable you to set up the cloth before placing on your pattern pieces.
  • Be warned, linen is susceptible to drawing out when cut on the bias. For some projects it may be helpful to staystitch areas such as necklines and armholes.
  • As linen tends to shift around, sewing around curves can be tricky. We often mark our seam allowance on curved pattern pieces to help honour the seam allowance accurately.
  • Linen may fray as it’s being handled; we like to mark the notches with chalk as well as snipping into the cloth by 5mm.
  • Linen will wiggle about when pressing up a hem so to sew a neat hem, we recommend that you first run a line of machine stitching along your garment at the ‘finished hem’ line. This will help you press up the allowance neatly, as the fabric will naturally want to fold along the stitched line.

 

Out of stock

$55.00 per metre

Thread Match
Gutermann Sew All Thread 100m Spool
$4.50
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