In the world of linen fabrics, this muted red linen mix fabric is definitely one we’d describe as ‘relaxed’. It’s a definite red – but slightly muted – the kind of red that pops magnificently in the sun and against faded denim. However it’s equally the kind of red that doesn’t want to be caught trying too hard – quite simply because it knows it doesn’t need to. If we had to sum up this fabric then ‘insouciant’ would be the word we’d choose.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our red linen mix fabric is a medium-weight linen with a very stable but slightly open weave. It’s blended with viscose which is evident in the handle and the drape. It’s very easy to work but 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?
The inclusion of viscose in the composition gives this red linen mix fabric a particularly soft and smooth handle. It’s breathable and will be very comfortable to wear next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
This fabric has all the springy liveliness that you’d expect from a linen fabric, but with some added drape and ‘curviness’ in the way it hangs, thanks to the viscose content. It responds well to being cut on the cross as well as along the grain. 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 if you’re planning to use this red linen mix for a summer dress or skirt over bare legs, then a lining would probably defeat the object of the fabric. A loose dress will reveal some silhouette when backed by sunlight, but no more than is in keeping with the style of garment you’re likely to be considering.
What can I make with this fabric?
Our muted red linen mix fabric is a versatile fabric which we think will lend itself to shirts, tunics and simple dresses as much as summer separate including trousers and even casual jackets. We particularly like the way this red linen mix fabric ‘pops’ against mid- and lighter coloured denims and for that reason our first port of call might be an overshirt like this ‘Sascha’ Shirt from Style Arc.
55% linen, 45 % viscose
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.