A few days ago, I featured this little beauty in the changing banner of loveliness (I’ll find a way to keep doing that, I liked it too). It’s a bit of aqua open weave linen I prepared for a Pavlova Wrap Top.
I found this linen gauze at The Fabric Store. I resisted its lure for the better part of a year, unsure what I could possibly make with diaphanous linen. When it went on sale recently I snapped up a piece to play with. This is the fabric before I washed it- flat, open, and a bit stiff. Linen fabric always begins life a bit stiffly, it’s the nature of bast fibers but over time the fibers soften and mature into a truly lovely and nearly indestructible fabric.
I overlocked the raw cut ends together. The machine didn’t want to handle a single layer and I didn’t feel like arguing. I shoved this piece of fabric into a load of blues and went about my business. I knew the texture would change, though I couldn’t tell how it might turn out.
After washing, this beautiful texture came out in the fabric.
It reminds me of the sea- Byron Bay shown here.
Once washed, I left the length of fabric outside on the clothesline for several days to age the fabric. Linen fibers are tough– regardless of the weave used. Leaving the linen outside exposed to the sun and dew speeds up the softening process, it’s now Pavlova-ready.
I can’t wait to cut this up and stitch together a woven Pavlova Wrap Top to show you during the Shipping Season! It’s on my to-do list this week, lucky it’s a quick-to-sew pattern.
Have you ever completely transformed a piece of fabric before sewing? Purposefully or otherwise? Do tell!