My fabric of the month for September is this stunning ex Laura Ashley fabric in cotton lawn with a truly lovely drape, which makes it particularly suitable for shirts and blouses. It’s a really good alternative to rayon or sateen fabrics for lightweight garments as it has a bit more structure and ‘oomph’. And, of course, the pattern is a good chance to show a bit of personality and is an excellent choice for coat linings with more than a bit of flair.
Price: Currently on offer at £7.99/metre instead of £9.99/metre.
Cotton lawn fabric
Cotton lawn or lawn cloth is a fantastic fabric to sew with. Originally, it was with linen but now it’s more commonly made of cotton, as is our fabric of the month. It is designed using fine, high-thread count yarns, which are combed or carded and create a very silky feel with no texture. Despite the lightness of lawn fabric, it is good at remaining unwrinkled so we find that clothes keep their shape very well.
Although lawn doesn’t shrink up, it’s a good habit to pre-wash fabrics and press them before sewing. In this case, a delicate wash and cool iron or pressing cloth are recommended.
Lawn is lightweight and good at draping, which isn’t always helpful on the cutting table. Try some cutting weights and a sharp rotary blade to prevent it from moving.
Try a lighter thread to prevent pulling and puckering and a needle change to a No.60.
French seams and rolled hems are great finishes for cotton lawn fabric.
Rolled hems step by step with good images on Craftsy.
Tilly and the Buttons (of Great British Sewing Bee fame) helps us with French Seams.