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We love Shannon Fabrics here at Indygo Junction. They create fabrics in a range of substrates with the slogan "Making The World A Softer Place™". Every fabric from Shannon is soft and ideal for comfortable clothing.
We have our Everyday Tank and our Warm and Cozy Wrap made in Shannon fabrics; these two popular patterns are made even cozier with these soft fabrics. The arrow print in the tank is the Primer Archer in the Embrace Gauze and the wrap is the double sided Cloud Spa Cuddle.
Tips for Working With Double Gauze
Shannon has a range of double gauze fabrics. We wanted to share a few tips and tricks for working with this fabric as many people may have never tried before!
Double gauze is a fabulous fabric! It’s 100% cotton, breathable, lightweight and great for travel since really no pressing is required. We’ve enjoyed stitching up Indygo Junction designs with this marvelous fabric and wanted to let you know more about it. Double gauze is easy to sew once you know a few basic tips!
Shannon Fabrics has this new double gauze print that is just perfect for making our Slumber Party PJs. If you want a chance to win this fabric, consider joining our Facebook Group, where Indygo Junction fans share their creations! We will be doing giveaways each week over there as well!
The Magic of Double Gauze
Made by several different manufacturers, double gauze is two layers of loosely woven cotton tacked together at regular intervals in the weaving process. This creates a light, airy fabric that is very comfortable to wear and has a wonderful drape. We especially love the soft feel of double gauze and the unique crinkle it develops when washed. The more you wear it, the softer it becomes!
Preparing Double Gauze for Sewing
We suggest pre-washing all garment fabrics using the method that you will use to launder your clothing once it is sewn. For double gauze, we suggest cold water wash and tumble dry low for the best results. You will see a lovely crinkle in your fabric once washed that you may want to press with a steam iron to make cutting and pattern layout easier. Do not stretch your fabric while ironing, though and be prepared to enjoy the crinkle that will return when it is washed again.
Cutting Out Your Garment
A rotary cutter and mat or serrated fabric shears are best to use when cutting double gauze. Both methods will help to keep this lightweight fabric from moving around significantly while you are cutting. Use long, sharp pins rather than pattern weights to also prevent movement. Tailor’s chalk or a felt tip removable fabric marker work best for transferring markings to your fabric pieces. Look at the Dritz® products in our giveaway each week this month for these helpful notions and tools.
Successfully Choosing a Pattern Style
The most successful double gauze garments are loose-fitting, simple designs with few details. Look for dolman or cut-on sleeves or sleeves that can be sewn in flat rather than set-in. This makes Indygo Junction patterns perfect for double gauze. Take a look at our Easy Top and Tunic to get started sewing with gauze!
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