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!