We loved the response to our rayon blog post, so we wanted to make a similar post about one of our absolute favorite fabrics—linen! There are so many reasons to love linen. It’s a natural fiber, it drapes beautifully, it has great texture, and it becomes amazingly soft with washing and wearing. And of course, it makes gorgeous garments!
Linen is made from flax plants and may be one of the oldest textiles in the world. Cloth made from wild flax was found in a prehistoric cave in Georgia and determined to be over 30,000 years old, and Egyptian mummies were often wrapped in linen. That we even know these things demonstrates the strength of flax fiber—linen shrouds have been found perfectly preserved after thousands of years!
These days, high-quality flax is grown in Europe and the linen is produced in many countries like Lithuania, Poland, France, China, Austria, and Germany. Some of the highest quality linen is made in Ireland, Italy, and Belgium. Our Nevada Linens are made in Ireland, where there is a long history of linen production. But like many fabrics, the linen chain of production is not centered in one area. The flax may be grown in one country, spun into yarn in another, and woven into fabric in another.
|Just a few of the many colors of our Nevada Linen!|
Before you preshrink, set a wrinkle-less finish by ironing the linen with the hottest dry iron possible. Next, wash (with a little detergent) and dry in the hottest water and highest heat setting you have. Take it out of the dryer when close to bone dry. You will notice that smaller softer wrinkles have replaced the hard crease usually associated with the fabric.
So What Can You Make?
|The Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio has one of our favorite dress features: big pockets!|
|The new Myosotis dress by Deer & Doe has a super cute silhouette, especially for summer.|
|The Tea House Dress by Sew House Seven is a favorite around here. It looks good on everyone!|
|This natural Linen Twill is beautifully understated and has a soft, washed feel. The twill texture gives it a subtle sheen.|
|Printed 100% linen is less common than solid colors, which makes this digitally printed linen even more special.|
|Nothing says summer quite like gingham! This Italian linen mini gingham strikes the perfect balance between fun and sophisticated.|
When you need just a light layer, a linen jacket is the perfect thing.
A rich solid color is so versatile, and our Nevada Linen is the perfect medium-heavy weight for jackets.
Pants & Overalls
Linen pants can be like secret pajamas! They’re soft and floaty, perfect for when you don’t want to wear jeans.
If you think you wouldn’t look good in overalls, think again. The Burnside Bibs by Sew House Seven look great on every shape!
So what do you think? Is linen on your list for summer sewing?