The instant we saw this refined terracotta linen fabric we couldn’t resist it. This delightful classic with a refined finish is a lighter-weight linen; perfect for shirts and tunics in which to stay calm and collected. This might not be the usual time of year for linen garments but this is such a classy that we think it’s worth taking your time working on something for the warmer months. The shade of terracotta here leans more to a burnt umber than to a pumpkin – although it has some vibrancy, it’s neither harsh nor brash.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our soft terracotta linen fabric is a 100% linen cloth. It has the distinctive slightly stubby weave of a linen, but the yarn used is fine and so the texture isn’t coarse or ‘homespun’.
Don’t forget that there’s no ease in linen fabrics so you’ll need to factor that into your garment choice and sizing. You’ll also need to pre-wash your linen to ensure that any initial shrinkage is removed prior to cutting.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a soft fabric with a little crispness in the form of some ‘springiness’ as you handle it. It’s very smooth and cool to the touch despite the evident texture in the weave. It’s breathable and will be beautifully comfortable next to your skin on a hot day.
How does this fabric move?
Well – where to start? To say this is a ‘lively linen’ is an understatement. If you’re looking for a bounce, a swing and a bit of life in your linen, then this is the fabric for you. It will hold a shape with character – no limpness in sight here! You can see how it moves in 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?
As a blouse, top or tunic then all you’ll need to bear in mind is to wear undergarments that tone with your skin since brightly-contrasting underwear may be visible in some lights. As a dress or skirt, then unless the design is an intentionally voluminous one with lots of gathers and folds then we’d suggest a lining will be necessary to preserve modesty as well as to add structure.
What can I make with this fabric?
As suggested, our warm-toned terracotta linen fabric is perfect for shirts, blouses and tops. Tiered or simple A-line dresses as well as skirts and tunics to billow in a breeze will also be options, as will overskirts for layering. You could try the new ‘Oversized Shirt’ Pattern from The Assembly Line for a timeless classic that will work just as well as an indoor tunic for winter layering as for summer wafting.
Machine wash separately at 30º or 40º
Machine wash at 30º or 40º.
See our Fabric care pages for more information.