As you might expect, we were on the lookout for linen fabrics with which to herald the arrival of warmer weather. Although we hoped to find some prints as well as plains, no-one could have predicted the ethereal beauty of the design of this ivory, apricot and bronze floral linen fabric. Overlaid on a warm ivory ground, the shaded blooms and foliage scattered across this fabric must be one of the most beautiful prints that we’ve encountered. We think this linen is perfect for blouses, tunics and shirts, as well as dresses, especially those which with more voluminous designs.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our ivory and bronze floral linen fabric is a light-to-medium-weight (175gsm) 100% linen fabric. It has a stable and lightly-slubbed weave. The slubs are part of the character of a linen fabric and although they’re not overly obvious, they provide a distinctive texture to this fabric.
Don’t forget that there’s no ease in linen-rich fabrics so you’ll need to factor that into your garment choice and sizing.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a crisp fabric but smooth and soft to the touch despite the evident texture in the weave. It’s breathable and our experience with this weight of linen is that it will soften up very quickly but retain its structure too. It’s a fabric which will be cool and comfortable to wear next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
This is a lively fabric which falls, bounces and swings beautifully, but which will hold a shape with character. 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?
You won’t need to line a shirt, top or tunic made from this fabric; the colour, weight and print pattern mean that although it’s a lighter-weight fabric it has good opacity for its weight. You will however, want to pay attention to your undergarments and consider colours that don’t contrast with your skin tone. A dress may require a bodice lining depending on the design and a more fitted skirt or dress without obscuring folds would need a half-slip or a lining to enable movement across hosiery and obscure a silhouette with the sun behind your garment.
What can I make with this fabric?
Our apricot, ivory and bronze floral linen fabric would work particularly well for tops, overshirts and tunics in which the design was simple enough to showcase the print. Simple summer dresses would also be an option.The ‘Alea’ Shirt Dress from Marsha Style is a versatile design that would allow it to be worn as a dress to showcase the print, or open as a flowing shirt over wide-legged trousers as an elegant summer combination.
Linen is woven from flax which can be easily grown with fewer chemicals required to aid growth and process the fibres. It is generally considered to be one of the most sustainable types of fabric.
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Machine wash separately at 30º or 40º.
Machine wash at 30º or 40º. See our Fabric care pages for more information.