Summer is a-coming, and this blue, red, pink and ivory floral cotton lawn fabric reminded us of a wander through a chalkland meadow. Skylarks circling above us and grasshoppers buzzing in the flower-studded grass at our feet – if it’s a while since you had a country ramble then we hope this fabric might transport your imagination at the very least.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our ivory floral cotton lawn fabric is a lighter-weight, though closely-woven cotton lawn, definitely at the lighter-weight end of the cotton lawn category. It’s woven from long-fibred ‘Pima’ cotton; strong, fine cotton yarn which results in a smooth, refined and high-quality cloth.
What does this fabric feel like?
This fabric has a very soft, smooth and cool handle. Although there’s a light texture, it’s very soft and not at all stiff.
How does this fabric move?
The movement of this green, pink and ivory floral cotton lawn fabric is a soft, floating waft which will catch a breeze with elegance, as you can see from this video.
NOTE: Our videos are intended to show the movement of a fabric. For accurate colour and pattern detail, please refer to our still images.
Will I need to line this fabric?
A top or shirt will be perfectly lovely unlined, although the weight and lighter colours of this fabric mean that you might want to pay attention to the colour of your undergarments. You might choose to line, layer or wear a half-slip under a skirt or dress unless you’re planning to wear it for a less formal occasion, since your silhouette will definitely be visible if you’re standing in front of the sun. We don’t think that’s necessarily a problem in a summer frock, especially one that falls from generous gathers, but you might! Our ‘Placket’ plain white Pima cotton lawn fabric would be an option as a bodice lining or as a skirt lining if worn over bare legs.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think this fabric is perfect for summer tops and blouses – and, we think, gently-falling maxi dresses. We’d be inclined to make the most of its lighter weight with ruches and softly-rolling gathers, bringing body and movement to a garment without bulkiness. We think the new ‘Freia’ Blouse from Sew Over It would be a beautiful choice for this lightweight lawn. It would cope with the gathers and soft drape required for this pattern, without adding bulk.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.