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98% Cotton 2% Lycra – Not Just a Grey Gingham


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This is not your average cotton gingham.  This stretch woven has a little stretch, making is wonderful for semi-fitted tops.  It has a slight sheen, and is soft and smooth.  It is perfect for gathers, such as a gathered edges around a big collar, and would behave itself beautifully in gathered sleeves.  Think about playing with contrast fabrics for button plackets, collars, or collar stands to take it to the next level.  This is an excellent quality designer end / dead stock fabric. It is semi-transparent, but flesh underwear should put things right.  You might need some kind of slip for a skirt, depending on the fullness. Once it’s around your whole body, I find some semi-transparent fabrics often don’t need a lining. 

For your cloth edit consider:  semi-fitted or looser shirts, blouses, tops and tunics; dresses (eg. wrap, fit and flare, tunic, shirt dresses), skirts (eg. wrap, midi, gathered, pleated).  It would also be amazing in PJs.


We stock so many beautiful indie patterns that would be a perfect match with this cotton.  Here are some suggestions:

Closet Core Patterns – Kalle, Cielo, Elodie
Folkwear Patterns – Mexico Dress (and Top)
Friday Pattern Co. –  Adrianna Dress (top length would be great), Hughes Dress, Sagebrush Top, Wilder Gown (top), Square Neck Top. 
In The Folds – Collins Top
I AM Patterns – Cassiopee, Gaia, Hermes, Jane, Joy, Juliette, Lucienne
Named Patterns – Helmi (Tunic or Blouse), Reeta Shirt Dress
Nina Lee — Bakerloo, Bloomsbury, Kew Dress and Skirt, Park Lane Dress and Blouse
Papercut Patterns – Array, Nexus, Sequence, Aura.
Pauline Alice Patterns – Coeli, Vera


Type of Cloth


Fibre Content

 98% Cotton 2% Lycra



Weight / GSM

 Light Weight; approx. 125gsm 


 White and Grey



Stretch/Cross Grain

 A Little




 Slight sheen




 Soft folds away from the body


Cloth Care:

Cotton is an easy care fibre as it is strong when wet, and so it can be machine washed.  While 100% cotton is often tumble dried the 2% Lycra in this stretch woven means that tumble drying will adversely affect the fabric.  Do not tumble dry.  The finished garment will look better and last longer if it is shaken out when wet, and placed on a hanger to dry.  To prevent fading, wash inside out and dry in the shade.   While cotton needs a hot iron, the elastane content means you will need to test the fabric, so start on a cooler setting, and iron on the wrong side. We suggest cushioning darts when ironing so the dart doesn’t show through on the right side. 


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98% Cotton 2% Lycra – Not Just a Grey Gingham

98% Cotton 2% Lycra – Not Just a Grey Gingham

Fabric (eg. 2.5m = '5')
Fabric Swatch Only