This Fabric is sold in units of 50cm (= .5m; ½ m). For example, if you would like 2.5m, then enter the quantity ‘5’. As Cloth Edit only receives limited quantities of each fabric, err on the side of caution when ordering. Take into account any additional length etc.
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French Flax Linen.
The Rayleigh Range are yarn dyed linens, whereby the white Warp threads (grain) have been woven with a coloured Weft threads (the cross grain). The effect is lovely, and the colours diffuse and subtly change as you move the fabric in the light. This cloth is named after the Liquorice Duchie sweet treats you used to see at your corner store. I always hoped to get one in my 'mixed lolly' bag. This colour is more exciting than a flat grey/charcoal, and is a lighter alternative to black.
145cm wide. 175-180gsm.
This charcoal colour looks great paired with an array of colours such as navy, denim (eg. Necessary Denim), light blues (eg. Picnic Skies), reds (eg. Berry Flan - this look fabulous), pink (eg. Nahema - a dreamy pairing) and greens (such as Olive Grove). It looks great next to the Souk cotton spandex, but equally great next to the striking Legally Plaid. Consider teaming it with classic shirtings such as the White Self Stripe and the Black Spot on White. It's extremely versatile, as are all the yarn dyed Linen in our collection.
For your cloth edit, consider: loose tops, tunics and shirts, dresses (eg. wrap, fit and flare, kaftan, trapeze, tunic, shift, sheath, shirt dresses), loose pants/trousers/shorts, a kimono or robe (short or full length), skirts (eg. A Line, wrap, maxi, gathered, pleated, panelled with a slight flare).
Here are some indie sewing pattern suggestions:
- Papercut Patterns – Aura, Array, Juno, Mirri, Maya, Nexus, Sequence, Axis, Meridian, Pinnacle, Tula (so many options!).
- Closet Core Patterns – Kalle, Cielo, Jenny overall or trousers, Fiore, Charlie, Pietra, Sienna: basically the whole range ;-)
- Folkwear Patterns – Hapi and Haori, Gaza Dress, Japanese Field Clothing, Japanese Kimono, Old Mexico Dress
- In The Folds – Collins Top, Acton Dress, Darlow pants, Flynn jacket (everything!).
- Named Patterns – Helmi shirt or dress, Reeta Shirt Dress, Ninni pants
- I AM Patterns – Hermes, Joy, Jain, Juliette, Lucienne, Armor, Cassiopee, Gaia top
- Pauline Alice Patterns –Vera, Mila jumpsuit, Romero pants, Rosari shirt.
- Pattern Fantastique - Mersis, Calyx, Celestial, Cove, Terra.
- Friday Pattern Company - Square Neck Top, Sagebrush Top.
Linen is a natural fibre and as such cannot be ‘uniform’ in the way man-made fibres can. What used to be considered ‘irregularities’ in the cloth (such as slubs or irregular lumps and bumps), are now universally embraced as part of the aesthetic appeal of this cloth.
We recommend a gentle machine wash or hand washing. It is important not to wring the fabric or garment, so if you are handwashing, roll up in a towel to press out excess water. If you tumble dry the cloth, then do so on a cooler setting. Dryers break down the fibres. It is preferable to wash inside out. Wash colours separately. Shake out the wet garment and dry flat (or on a hanger) in the shade. Use a warm/hot iron and spot test. You may need a water spray bottle to get rid of the wrinkles when you are ironing, or just embrace the beautiful crumpled look of the cloth ;-). Linen softens upon wearing and laundering.