Blue Tribal Linen - detail
Gorgeous & sophisticated ikat linen print in cool toned blues and purple. Printed on a mid weight linen that is just right for a shirt: V8709, my peplum shirt or Lynn Mizono's 1274, Issey Miyake 1204 or a great version of a classic shirt rendered by Chado Ralph Rucci, V1054. This fabric is lightly crisp, a classic linen shirting weight, and GREAT print!
How to pre-treat linen before sewing:
As a fiber, linen grows in a damp environment, so it 'likes' to be wet. Use common sense and test your fabric before cutting. Some linen fabrics will not shrink at all, others will shrink, so I recommend pre-shrinking using the following guidelines.
Cut a strip about 4" wide across the width of the fabric. Then, cut the sample piece in half so you have two rectangles, both the same size.
Machine wash...use common sense to determine the cycle and temperature.
The kind of washing machine DOES make a difference! I use a top loader, and choose a gentle cycle which leaves some water in the fabric. Toss one piece in the dryer and air dry the other, hanging it up wet. Then choose the one you prefer.
After sewing a linen garment, I NEVER put it in the dryer again, but wash on gentle, hang to dry, preferably while quite wet, and tug at the seams, hems, edges to smooth out....often this eliminates the need for pressing and gives the look of expensive washed linen garments.