It’s summertime here, so I’m sewing with linen. I could see most of my clothes becoming linen. Not so much an alchemical transformation of cotton to linen- just continually sewing with it, it’s my favorite fiber. A good quality linen is literally cool to the touch when you lay your palm on it. That’s a quick way of sensing the difference between linen and cotton in the fabric store.
I enjoy reading “basic” guides to anything to do with sewing. This week, I found an excellent article on linen at Threads online. The article covers its care and properties, how to sew with it, and techniques peculiar to linen. Almost immediately, the article pointed out one of linen’s loveliest characteristics: “…old, soft linens wrinkle less obviously than new, crisp ones…”
I wore this dress two days running during my staycation. This is the end of the second day. I ran errands, lounged, drafted, sewed, went for walks and all but slept in this dress. Aside from a seam on the shoulder that needs mending, the dress is in better condition than when I made it 15 months ago. Linen ages beautifully.
Here’s four pockets from my most recent linen excursion. When I make a garment from linen, I tend to fuss and obsess more than usual because I know I’ll wear it for years. I made the piped pockets first and tried to talk myself into accepting them. I just couldn’t, they’re icky and too heavy. The second set will do nicely.
Lesson: Armoweft = Not awesome interfacing behind linen patch pockets. It’s too drapey and heavy. I needed crisp and light, but sometimes I can’t know for sure until I try. The second set were interfaced with a lightweight fusible cotton woven, and I didn’t get fancy with offset grainlines and piping. I must remember to Keep It Simple.
Do you sew with linen? Would you like to? Do you ever completely write off a part of a garment? What do you do with the rejected pieces?