Linen and Blank Slate Patterns

Linen and Blank Slate Patterns

Linen is one of the oldest textiles in our history, and it even was used as currency in ancient Egypt. Fabric as currency... I can get on board with that. :)

Linen is a versatile natural fabric made from the fibers of the flax plant. It's known for its breathability, durability, and comfort, and for being wonderfully cool to wear in hot climates. It only gets better with age! It's available in pure linen or blended with other fibers. Each combination has unique properties - blending linen with rayon can give the fabric a nicer drape, for instance. Cotton/linen blends are offered in a variety of weights and prints, and they're nice for apparel as well as bags and home dec.

 

linen fabric and the Oceanside Pants and Shorts sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns

Linen can be purchased in many neutral shades which really show off the texture of the fabric. This is my favorite substrate for the Oceanside Pants and Shorts! In addition to solid colors, you can also find chambray (with white weft yarn and dyed warp), and even metallic finishes.

Get the fabrics pictured above (affiliate links): Navy; Silver Oatmeal; Gold Sand; Blue Chambray

Tip: When linen is machine washed, it continues to soften over time, and the wrinkling decreases as well. Soaking linen garments for an hour or two prior to washing helps, because not getting fully saturated during a wash cycle can be one of the causes of the wrinkling. Also, ironing will be easiest if you remove it from the dryer when still slightly damp.

 

linen fabric and the Leralynn Dress sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns
Linen is also increasingly available in some great prints and yarn-dyed stripes. These would be really fun for a design like Leralynn, where the shape and minimal seamlines allow the fabric to shine. You could even play with the direction of stripes with the welts, hood, and dress panels!

Get the fabrics pictured above (affiliate links): "Cotton Candy" (shown on the maxi line drawing); Pinstripe Chambray; Euclid Etchings; Digital Floral

Tip: Linen is available in many different weights - from sheer lightweight to heavyweight upholstery. Play with the fabric to see it has the drape you want for your dress, and be sure to wash it at least once. Linen typically contains a lot of sizing from manufacturing, and it's often much less stiff after washing.

 

linen fabric and the Prepster Pullover and Bookworm Button Up sewing patterns from Blank Slate Patterns

Linen is awesome for kids' clothes too! It's a strong fiber that can take a beating. The Prepster Pullover and Bookworm Button Up are both great patterns for lighter weight linen.

Get the fabrics pictured above (affiliate links): Aqua; Village; Fuchsia; Stripes

Tip: Some linen fabrics can be shifty when you cut them, depending on their weight and blend. If you're having issues with this, give the fabric a good starching, and cut in one layer (instead of on the fold).




Sizing Information

Below is the sizing guide I use when designing patterns. Please note that these measurements refer to your child, not to any measurements on the finished pattern.

Please note that NOT ALL CHILDREN'S PATTERNS COME IN ALL THESE SIZES.
Make sure to check the specific pattern you're interested in for which sizes are included. 
Children's sizes, Blank Slate Patterns sewing patterns

 

Women’s sizes are based on the chart below:
Please note that NOT ALL WOMEN'S PATTERNS COME IN ALL THESE SIZES.
Make sure to check the specific pattern you're interested in for which sizes are included. 

Women’s sizes are based on the chart above.
Please note that NOT ALL WOMEN'S PATTERNS COME IN ALL THESE SIZES.
Make sure to check the specific pattern you're interested in for which sizes are included.