I would love to describe Linen as the European version of Silk. The best linen is produced in Ireland, Belgium and some other European countries.
A fine and softly woven linen fabric, using oxygen bleached fibres to create a soft flowing textured cloth. This Linen fabric comes unwashed and is a little stiff for starters. Once it has been washed it will be softer and we would recommend to wash the fabric first, before sewing.
Our Irish Linen Fabric is suitable for:
clothing, skirts, dresses, Shirts
Homeware and Crafts:
Patchwork, Quilting, home accessories and embroidery.
Linen can be expensive, but it is also much better for the environment. Flax plants are very resilient, they can grow in poor soil, and require very little water. What’s more, every single part of the flax plant is then used in making all types of products, from linen clothing to varnishes.
Similar to silk, 100% linen is wonderful for people with sensitive skin and those prone to allergic reactions like "prickly heat" in hot weather. For women who suffer from "hot flushes", 100% linen is the most comfortable answer in warm environments.
Linen can't and shouldn't be ironed. The creasing is part of the natural allure. The creasing also molds the garment, and in practice the more creasing there is, the less evident it becomes as the whole garment softens.
Linen loves being washed and dries much quicker than Cotton. The more it is worn and washed the softer the fabric becomes. It also lasts much longer than cotton, as it is harder wearing and a much stronger material.
In a nutshell:
Material: 100% Linen
Width approx.: 150 cm
Weight: 125 g/square meter
Expected Shrinkage: 10%
Wash: 60-90 degrees Celsius