|The following images show a few 15-minute drapes that will give you a better idea of the drape and structure of handkerchief linen. It is meant to inspire you to explore new uses and manipulations for this luxurious fabric. Happy Draping!|
Handkerchief linen is lightweight linen that combines silky soft hand with a stiff drape. This fabric can be used to create highly structured garments, or soft flowing silhouettes. Because it is lighter than basic linen, it gives an airier feel and softer look to garments. Handkerchief linen can be used for resort wear, dresses, blouses, beach cover-ups, pants, scarves, and spring skirts. The lightness of the fabric makes it ideal for spring and summer collections. It is one of the more expensive natural fibers, made from flax. Linen is considered a luxury fabric and is typically blended with cotton to make the fabric more affordable to the mass markets.
Linen is fairly easy to sew, but does have a tendency to fray. Good options for finishing the edges include a merrow machine, binding, or even French seaming. Pleats cannot be permanently set, but tucks make a great substitute to add volume. Because the fabric is inherently stiff by nature, it can be used to create exaggerated silhouettes, proportions and volume. Linen is extremely breathable, and if a lining is needed, you should consider using another natural fiber such as cotton that also breathes easily.
This high quality handkerchief linen is imported from Italy and has been Sanforized to reduce shrinkage. Sanforization is a process where fabrics woven from natural fibers are stretched, shrunk and fixed to minimize the amount of shrinkage that will occur during washing.