IL020 OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen - Light (3.5 oz/yd2) - 2.00 Yards

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At a lighter weight of 3.5 ounces this 100% linen is woven with finer threads to give it a smoother appearance. Referred to as lightweight or handkerchief linen, this fine, but surprisingly sturdy linen brings new meaning to the term "sheer elegance".

Fabric specifications:

Article : IL020 Handkerchief
Content : 100% Linen
Type : BASIC
Thread size warp : 30
Thread size weft : 30
Thread count warp : 51
Thread count weft : 43
Color : OPTIC WHITE
Weight : 3.5 oz/yd2
Width : 57 inch
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Patricia profile image Linda's Little dress finishing
Reviewer: Patricia

Hello Linda. How did you finish the neck on the dress you made for a little girl? It's beautiful!

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Valerie profile image Love this linen
Reviewer: Valerie

I've made several items with Fabric-Store linen, just love it! Especially the handkerchief weight. Perfect for Florida! I wish people would stop whining about it not being Irish Handkerchief linen. No where does it say it is IRISH handkerchief linen. It is a fantastic light weight linen that I will use again and again.

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Connie profile image The softest yet!
Reviewer: Connie

This fabric is fantastic. I can't keep my hands off of it. It is so soft. I can't bring myself to cut it so I textured the ends and will use for twin sized top sheets. I keep looking for a project to justify purchasing more.

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Leslie  profile image Beautiful lightweight linen
Reviewer: Leslie

I have this beautiful, lightweight linen in a couple of different shades and I truly love it. I would not call it equal to Irish handkerchief linen, which has no slubs at all and is much finer in texture. However, it is still a very fine linen with few slubs. It has a soft hand and drapes nicely, especially after pre-washing. This fabric must absolutely be pre-washed before use due to shrinkage (up to 10%) and the amount of lint it produces. After two washings it settles down and behaves quite nicely. I recommend that before you pre-wash the fabric that you either pink the edges or give them a 1/4" seam to prevent their unravelling. This fabric is a dream to sew on a machine, but I also use it for embroidery. I primarily use the white shades for pillowcases and to create embroidered panels for quilts. It is excellent for these uses. There is no end to the uses to which this wonderful and versatile linen could be put.

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Gloria profile image Happy Camper.....
Reviewer: Gloria

Exactly what I was expecting. Georgous for my dining room glass window. One panel at each side. No lining needed as I love to see how they move when the wind blows on them. Real pleased with my purchase and will definetely acquire the fabric in other colors

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Martha profile image not as expected in agreement w/other reviews
Reviewer: Martha

other reviews stated this was "handkerchief" linen and sheer--what I rec'd is very nice fabric w/good hand, but I would describe it as med. weight, NOT handkerchief at all--it has heavy slubs, not sheer--I can revamp my plan and use it, but will get a different effect and have waste. Disappointed. Wish I could educate others on what Irish handkerchief linen should look like.

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Bev profile image Small Altar Linens
Reviewer: Bev

We use the Optic White IL020 for our small altar linens in our parish. I have just taken over the sewing of these items and I am finding your fabric very easy to work with and with weekly, sometimes daily usage and laundering - it is also durable. Thanks for the great quality at reasonable prices.

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Patricia profile image Lovely fabric
Reviewer: Patricia

This is a lovely pure white fabric which I have used to make pillowcases and children's clothes - just beautiful to sew.

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Louann profile image Absolutely Pleased!!!
Reviewer: Louann

Having spent $26 a yard at other places, for this very same linen, I can't tell you how pleased I was to find this source. In these lean times, how wonderful to find excellent fabric for a very good price! The fabric itself it lovely, perfect for christening gowns, baby day dresses and curtains for my Florida bathroom!!!

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Fabrcis-store buyer profile image Makes Beautiful Guest Towels
Reviewer: Anonymous

I wanted a fabric to hand embroider for guest towels. This is a beautiful ground for surface (not counted thread) embroidery. I have also used a contrasting color of IL020 for Madeira applique. The fabric does shrink something less than 10%. So take that into consideration if the exact amount of fabric is important. Also it will throw off a fair amount of lint when dried in the dryer. Prewashing is a must. The quality of the fabric compares very favorably with Irish handkerchief linen that is several times more expensive. There are relatively few slubs and quality has been consistently high with every piece/color I have ordered.

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Helen profile image Lovely linen
Reviewer: Helen

The linen made up beautifully into smocked little girl dresses A pleasure to work with

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Rebecca profile image Beautiful, high quality linen
Reviewer: Rebecca

This is a light weight, beautiful linen. I love all the IL020 fabrics. It washes beautifully. They all soften over several washes. Those not called softened seem somewhat stiff until washed, but improve with washing. This has a soft hand with good drape for linen. This is suitable for lightweight blouses, lingerie, and other applications. You can't go wrong buying this or any of the ILO20 fabrics. They are my favorites.

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IL020   OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen

We used this linen to make curtains for a wedding arbor. Wonderful to work with and the perfect weight for luxury, blowing in the breeze outdoor curtains.

Posted by Margaret
IL020   OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen

Made this tunic length top to go with several FS IL20 solid cropped full legged pants. (Asphalt is my most favorite) This linen is so soft and yet holds the 2" ruffle on the scooped neck and pocket. White is dangerous color for me, but this washes up beautifully every time! It's my go to more dressy casual top for summer!

Posted by Barbara
IL020   OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen

Made this little dress for a one-year old girl. Just love working with linen. Has such a great bounce. Linda parsley

Posted by Linda
IL020   OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen

linen doll under layers based off historic artworks

Posted by Diana
IL020   OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen

I love this lightweight optic white linen. This is my linen 'MAIA' shirt. Ms Beth Peterson Designer/Owner - BREATHE CLOTHING LLC BREATHE Clothing: etsy.com/shop/BreatheAgainClothing

Posted by Beth
IL020   OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen

This was my first time working with linen and I'm sure it won't be my last. This linen is so soft and beautiful. I made this romper as part of a christening outfit for my grandson in Florida. It was very hot and his mother wanted him to be as comfortable as possible. I also made a detachable skirt and hat. This linen was very easy to work with and made some beautiful buttonholes too.

Posted by Christine
IL020   OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen

Posted by Soraya
IL020   OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen

light shirt for boy with fun cars....

Posted by Marina
IL020   OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen

This is a Christening gown I made with the light weight linen. It was just outrageous! It was about 50" long with alternating tucks and custom designed embroideries down the center front. It was finished off with matching satin ribbon and hand dyed venise lace. This is a spectacular fabric and will use it again without doubt.

Posted by Marceil
IL020   OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen

Elizabethan Ruff and partlet

Posted by Louise
IL020   OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen

I loved this linen. I had actually made a slightly more simple christening gown first, and when it was done I was so happy with it I started a second one almost right away...never a moment to enjoy a finished project as my mind is always racing on to the next. My creations and services are available, feel free to contact me for more information. laststitchdesigns @ gmail.com

Posted by Amy
IL020   OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen

The shirt in this outfit was made of the 3.5-ounce linen. I have made clothing with this fabric before, and I love it.

Posted by Nannette
IL020   OPTIC WHITE Softened - 100% Linen

“La Maisson de Dentelle" is a new exclusive line of European style hand made fashion for babies' home and boudoir. This beautiful piece is made out of the fine linen IL020 Optic White and is embellished with French lace and silk satin ribbon. If you would like to own one of these wearable collectibles, please send your inquiries to Fabrics-store.com or contact their creator Ms. Cristina Keusch in Houston, Texas. Email Keuschc@hotmail.com

Posted by Cristina
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