Double cotton gauze is a soft, lightweight dream that’s perfect for warm-weather garments, loungewear, and more! It’s pretty easy to get your hands on, and if you’re looking at Mood Fabrics, then we’ve got you covered! It’s made of 2 thinly woven layers that are basted together about every 3/8”. The two layers create a nice weight and soft texture that’s comfy against the skin.
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1. Selecting Fabric
- Prewash your fabric to prevent unwanted shrinkage later (follow care instructions as noted in the infographic below).
- Lay fabric out flat to dry.
- Press gauze on a cotton setting using plenty of steam.
- The properties of the fabric make silhouettes look quite relaxed, so choose patterns with a fair amount of ease and volume.
- Use a sharp rotary cutter when cutting to prevent snags and uneven cutting.
- Use fine pins or weights to hold the fabric in place when cutting.
- If pins are used, keep them within the seam allowance to reduce the visibility of holes.
- Use tailors tacks and basting stitches to mark the fabric for cutting to ensure that you can keep your place without the use of a marking pen that may stain.
- If using iron-on interfacing, opt for one that is similar to the weight of your fabric.
- Polyester or cotton threads are best when sewing with the cotton gauze.
- A sharp needle will prevent fabric snagging.
- Finish seams with a serger, flat felled seam, or a French seam to keep edges from unraveling.
- A walking foot will help feed the layers when sewing.
- Staystitch curves to prevent stretching in areas of stress.
- Lower the presser foot pressure to avoid crushing the textured pockets in the fabric.
- Lengthen the stitch length to 2.8-3 mm.
- Sew carefully to avoid seam ripping, which might cause tears.
Additional patterns perfect for sewing with double cotton gauze are listed below:
Sewing with double cotton gauze is easy once you get started— With the tips above, it’ll be as easy-breezy as the garments you’re going to make. Grab a dreamy color of double cotton gauze and get to your sewing machine to start making your favorite pattern from above!
What was your first experience, like sewing with double cotton gauze?
While all sewing projects take time and patience to navigate, be prepared to give a little extra for denim. Rest assured that once your project is complete, whether you opted for a dress, coat, pants, skirt, shirt, or any variation thereof, the effort that you put in, in conjunction with the helpful sewing sips above, you’ll end up with a garment you’re proud of.
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