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Today, I am gonna share with you my perceptions and advices about sewing double gauze fabric for the first time. I was lucky enough to receive 2 meter of the gorgeous double gauze from the Toulouse haberdarshery Arrow Workshop. Double gauze is really THE trendy fabric in France this spring. It generated many questions: is it easy to cut? how to sew it? is it moving a lot? Here is my opinion on this magnificent fabric.
When Arrow Workshop contacted me to offer me to test some of their double gauze, I was super enthousiastic of course. I didn’t hesitated much and chose their navy blue colorway… Always so predictable!
what is it?
I already talked quite a bit about theClarisse dress on my previous article about my first version. I am only talk very quickly about it this time in order to focus our attention on the fabric only.
Clarisse is a super cute dress with an empire waist. The pattern offers a lot of option to make it your own: bodice with princess seams or darts, round neckline or heart shaped, different type of sleeves.
It took me a long time to chose the perfect pattern for my fabric. Several friends told me to be very careful with double gauze as it was meant to be tough to cut, not easy to be manipulated as it was supposed to stretch a lot so I would have to stabilized all seams with fusing… I was a bit worried as I didn’t want to ruin my nice coupon. You’ll see a bit further down that all that was actually not true, at least with this fabric.
I eventually decided to go for Clarisse as I knew I wanted a simplistic dress for the summer.
As I didn’t want to manipulate my fabric too much, I decided to make the dart bodice and the round neckline. The most simplistic version as I really wanted to sublimate the fabric and not other details.
how is it made?
As I was mentioning previously, this fabric was offered to me by Arrow Workshop. They have a physical shop in Toulouse as well as an online one.
Double gauze is the trendy fabric in France this spring but I truly believe that the one from Arrow Workshop is an excellent pick. First of all, it is not very expensive (12€ per meter), then its quality is pretty awesome. Finally, they have a wide range of 21 colors! No doubt you could find your dreamt one!
I didn’t have any trouble at all to sew this fabric. I have been particularly cautious to cut it for instance. I have put a bit more pins than usual but that’s all. I have been told not to cut the pattern pieces on fold as the fabric was meant to move a lot whilst being cut but that was not my experience at all.
I really wanted to ensure a success with this dress so I decided to make a muslin of the bodice in order to validate the size (I sewn a different one for this second version) but also to check wich technique to use to sew the neckline. It was a good call! The size was perfect but the way I wanted to finish the neckline didn’t work well as the fabric is quite thick (double layer). I decided to use a biais but only sewn up to 2mm to my fabric. This was, I avoided having too much thickness. Then I folded it inside as usual. You must use a super thin biais though!
I am really happy with how it turned on.
When it comes to sewing double gauze fabric, it was an easy piece of cake. No problem at all. No need for stabilizing anything.
Finally, the double gauze has this funny capacity of turning back to its initial state second after being ironed. You can get rid of any creased super easily and the fabric will keep its typical aspect anyway.
I really only have positive to say about sewing with double gauze fabric.
which size is it?
My previous version was made in a size 36 but I feel a bit tight wearing it. I decided to cut a t 38 this time and it’s much better, especially for a summer dress which I didn’t want to fitted.
is it modified?
Not at all.
are you happy with it?
I am delighted! Such a pretty fabric and so nice to wear. We could think that double gauze will be heavy and hot to wear as it is quite thick but it is quite the contrary. This fabric has not weight and it really breathes.
I am also really pleased with my choice of pattern as it sublimates the fabric nicely.
to be sewn again?
I actually manage to fit another garnement in my coupon of double gauze. Stay tunned! ! 🙂
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