Fabric Review: Dreamy Photinia Top in Dyed Muslin
Double gauze and I have a love-hate relationship. I love to wear it, hate to sew it, and I just can’t quit it. I find most of my issues with trying to navigate the notoriously lovely cloud-like wrinkled texture when choosing a size to cut, pressing, interfacing, deciding to prewash or not, buttonhole disasters etc. And this is where Fabrics Store’s muslin fabric comes in to save my day! This muslin has a similar visual texture when washed, is lighter in weight, soft and lovely to wear, but is much less of a beast to sew with. In fact, it’s a dream to sew compared to my frenemy double gauze. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it is a direct replacement for double gauze, but it is a great option for me when I just don’t have the energy to deal with the drama of a tricky fabric.
Another lovely thing about muslin? It takes dye well, which made my multi-day adventure with 5 bottles of RIT dye and my kitchen sink extremely fun and rewarding. I can’t even begin to track the dye recipe that got me to my end result, and I probably did upwards of 10 scrap dip dyes while fiddling around sloshing a bit of this color and glugging a bit of that color into my mix. But what I do know is that I was having an absolute blast through the whole project. Every new dunk and dry felt exhilarating and although 4 out of 5 of them didn’t get me to my goal, every one of them was a lovely color in its own right.
The captions call that percale, but you say it is like double gauze? I don’t get that.
It’s a problem of terminology:. I’ve actually bought a couple of yards of the stuff featured in the blog, and really does have a hand somewhat like a very lightweight, fine double gauze. It is somewhat puckery, but not at all as open weave or textured as it appears in the blog article.
Here is the link to the page showing the fabric:
Somewhere on the fabricsstore blog, there is another article showing how to make baby clothing and bedding of this very lightweight stuff, and in one of the photos, a baby blanket shows the texture very well.
so are you saying it’s the muslin that is in your link rather than the percale that she listed? The blouse she made looks very puckery, and thicker than just a whispy fabric. I am confused.
The important thing is the item number. IC008 is a dobby weave. It is textured and feels and looks like a very fine, lightweight double gauze.
Do not get hung up the word “percale.”
If in doubt, buy a sample.
Thanks for the link and explanation to the correct fabric. I still don’t know why they wouldn’t have just linked to the fabric that was being discussed in the article.
The color is perfect! love the texture of this fabric but I couldn’t find it at the Fabrics-store. Even though I clicked the link. The link took me to “Percale White Softened” which has a very smooth face.
It is IC008; the item for which fabricsstore uses the term “dobby weave,” which does give it a slight puffy quality:
The top is beautiful on you. One of my all-time favorite colors to wear when I was still auburn haired!