Double gauze fabrics have become popular in recent years for their softness, gently-forgiving structure and delicate prints. This unusual navy blue and red printed double gauze fabric is a more ‘grown-up’ version of this type of fabric. We’d describe it almost as a summer brocade, such is its deceptive structure and ability to hold a shape
What kind of fabric is this?
Double gauze fabrics are created from two layers of cotton muslin. The layers mean that once a print has been applied to the surface, the resulting fabric has good opacity for its weight as well as some structure. Pleats and gathers have character and a garment will hold a shape. The underlayer in this navy blue and red printed double gauze fabric is constructed from heavier yarns but in a more open weave. This will give a garment more structure than you might expect, yet without compromising the softness.
What does this fabric feel like?
As you’d expect from a double gauze, this is a fabric with a very soft, gentle handle. It will be beautifully comfortable to wear next to the skin despite the heavier weave of the bottom layer. It’s breathable too, so an easy summer wear.
How does this fabric move?
Our navy blue and red printed double gauze fabric falls into soft peaks and has a gentle waft-and-fall when it catches a breeze. The layers mean that it doesn’t have a fluid drape but neither is it a stiff fabric by any means. You can see how it moves in this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
You won’t need to line a shirt, top or tunic made from this fabric, however a dress may require a bodice lining for structure depending on your pattern design. Unless you’re wearing it over bare legs, then you’ll need a half-slip to enable this fabric to move against your body. However this kind of fabric is usually used for summer-cool and more casual designs where a lining would probably defeat the object of the fabric.
What can I make with this fabric?
Although tops, relaxed shirts and dresses are all options for this navy blue and red printed double gauze fabric, we’re especially excited to imagine it as a skirt. In the same way that an ornate winter brocade might make the most of designs with pleats and structure, is might this undeniably summery cotton fabric, with its ability to strike a pose. We think this ‘Candice’ Skirt from Style Arc would be a fabulous pattern to consider, with those inverted pleats creating a dramatic silhouette.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.