Linen fabrics are a wonderfully-versatile option for warmer weather. Soft, cool, laid-back without being overly casual, it’s the perfect fabric for breezing around either at home or if out and about. This cool, calm grey linen fabric is the latest of our SS20 linens – we love its soft-yet-solid shade of grey, as well as the unashamedly linen texture of the weave.
What kind of fabric is this?
This grey linen fabric is a 100% linen fabric and firmly in the medium-weight bracket. It’s a cloth aimed at summer separates – skirts, trousers and jackets – as well as easy-to-wear dresses and tunics.
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. We usually anticipate up to 5% shrinkage.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a comparatively structured fabric as new, and very smooth to the touch despite the evident texture in the weave. It’s breathable of course, and will be beautifully comfortable to wear next to the skin. As is usual with linen fabrics, it will soften up with washing and wear but given its weave structure and weight, it will retain some structure too.
How does this fabric move?
This is a fabric which drapes, springs and swings beautifully, and which will hold a little shape with character. You can see how it moves in this video; bear in mind though that our sample here has not been washed and so will appear to have more structure than it will after being laundered and worn.
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 garment 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. A loose dress may reveal a faint 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 grey linen fabric is a versatile fabric which we think will lend itself to tunics and dresses as much as summer separates. Trousers in this fabric would work well – either cropped and tapered designs or wider-legged silhouettes. The ‘Camber Set’ from Merchant & Mills is a loosely-fitted tunic shift which you could dress up or down in this classic linen fabric.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.
NOTE: We’d recommend your pre-wash shouldn’t be with differently-coloured fabrics as there’ll be a little dye loss, although not so much that you’d notice the difference in the linen.