IL020 Handkerchief Optic White Softened - 100% Linen Fabric - Light (3.7 oz/yd2), Width 58"
At a lighter weight of 3.5 ounces this 58 inch wide 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".
The cloth is Softened so we have added a softener to give it a silkier hand. The fabric has not been laundered so shrinkage will still have to be taken into consideration (shrinkage depends on fabric weave and laundering method).
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Customer Questions and Answers
I looked at the swatches, but am unable to tell if the weave is tight or loose? Can you help?
The weave on this fabric is tight.
Does this linen take machine embroidery well? I am looking for the best option for making altar linens.
Hello, this is a lightweight linen which can be used for altar linens and embroidered on, but our customers will usually opt for a more substantial fabric like our 1C64 medium weight fabric, or IL019 medium weight since they are a little thicker. It completely depends on your preference as all fabrics will work.
Why doesn't it say anywhere (I can find) in your website how wide the fabric is? I am interested in optic white but can't tell if I can cut the curtains selvage to selvage without the width of a yard of fabric. Makes a big difference in how much yardage to purchase.
Every item has a description page that has all of the specifications including width. If you re looking at a smaller swatch in the group, you would click on that to get to the description page with all of the information or a quick search by color and item will being up that swatch to click on that will also get you to the larger description page.
How much shrinkage should I expect if I follow your instructions? This will be my first purchase. Anna
For this fabric we have estimated 7% shrinkage.
Hi! I want to make pijamas with this fabric, do you think it is the best option? Its going to be see-throw? Regards Judith
This fabric is going to be sheer. We recommend the IL019 mediumweight linen fabric. All linen fabrics will be somewhat sheer in the white and very light colors, unless you are using a heavyweight fabric.
I am looking for a linen to make baptismal towels. They measure about 12in by 7 in. Do you think this fabric would work for this project? The towels will be monogrammed after they are stitched.
Yes, this is a lovely lightweight linen with a beautiful drape and ability to be embroidered. If you would like something a little thicker and more absorbent around the font, our 1C64 is a lovely smooth handed medium-weight linen which also takes embroidery beautifully.
In reference to Gail's question...what is 'the optic'? What issues does its have with dye, and which dyes in general?
Optical brightener, which is a type of dye is used to achieve the bright white color. It may not be compatible with some dyes or dye stuffs which is why we recommend testing first. to make sure your dyes and or dye methods will take (affix) when used in conjunction with the optic.
Before I purchase the IL020 I need to know is this optic white and softened version dyeable? Thanks
We have had some customers dye off of the optic with success but it depends on the dye method you are using as the optic can react adversely to some dyes. It is best to test this first with the method you will use to make sure you will not have any issues.
Wondering about using this in place of silk crepe if it's washed a couple times? Would that work out?
Silk Crepe and Linen share many of the same qualities and are used for many of the same items so it would depend on the item you are making . We have samples for purchase, this would be the best way to make sure it will work for the project you have in mind.
Is this fabric suitable for altar linens.
Yes this linen is often used for altar linens.
I love the asymmetrical black white top Lesey sewed using the 1L029 optic white and black linen. Is there anyway Lesley can provide the pattern information so that I may buy it. BTW I have just started buying linen from you 3 different times and absolutely love the fabric you sell.
She used our linen to create this. Unfortunately she did not share her pattern with us.
I want to use this for brides handkerchiefs
The Il020 is used by several customers for handkerchiefs.
I'm hunting for the right fabric to make lots of white pillowcases. Is this the #1 best choice? --> IL020 Handkerchief Optic White Softened - What is your recommendation for softness on the skin?
Although some customers have used the lightweight IL020 for pillow cases, most will use the middleweight IL019 which also comes in Optic White. If you have time purchasing a sample of each may help with your decision.
How wide is your linen?
This particular linen is 58" wide. Our widths may vary from item to item so please refer to the specification area located on each articles description page.
In what country is this linen made? What's the country of origin?
This information is located in our help center found here support.fabrics-store.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000218746-Linen-Quality-Certification
When I washed this fabric it came out so soft and airy. It will make wonderful veiling fabric (I sew for re-enactors).
I bought 2 three yard cuts of the optic white handkerchief linen to make dining room curtains. I pulled a thread to get the linen squared after prewash. I am using a hem stitch needle to hem the sides, top and bottom. Beautiful fabric. Starches beautifully.
I use the optic white for all my client commissions for historical costumes. The "bleached" version doesn't have as nice a hand (feel) as the optic white. It's the best I have found when my source for Belfast handkerchief linen became far too expensive for me to continue to offer.
I used one yard of this to make a simple curtain for my bathroom window. It is sheer enough to let in light but allows for plenty of privacy too. And I love seeing the sunlight showing off the weave of the fabric.
Not too light and not too heavy! Perfect for making children's linen shirts for any event.
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FABRIC CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Please note that some of our darker or more vibrant shades will have some residual dye run off or bleeding. It is important that you launder or treat like colors with like colors so that you do not compromise the integrity of any other colors, fabrics or garments during the launder process.
We also suggest that if you are combining one or more of these types of colors with lighter colors that you pre-wash the linens seperately and once the item is completed do not launder again, but Dry Clean.
- Machine wash cold.
- Gentle cycle.
- Only non-chlorine. Bleach if needed.
- Tumble dry low.
- Medium steam iron.
- Do not use Perm Press cycle in wash or dry