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IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen - Light Weight (3.5 oz/yd2)

100% Linen - Light Weight (3.5 oz/yd2)
Price: $9.75 per yard

At a lighter weight of 3.5 ounces this 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".

Fabric specifications:

Article : IL020 - Handkerchief
Content : 100% Linen
Type : BASIC
Thread size warp :30
Thread size weft :30
Thread count warp :51
Thread count weft :43
Weight : 3.5 oz/yd2.
Width : 57 inch
Qty. in yards :

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review star review star review star review star review star   Keep coming back year after year.
Reviewer: Amy
I´ve been using linen from for more than 10 years. The quality is hard to beat. Most recently i´ve started making caps and bonnets that are inspired by the Handmaid´s Tale tv show. This tissue weight is perfect in the optic white. It gives the bonnets a translucency that you see in the tv show. I love it. And will keep ordering. Also, they are super helpful. Last night i placed an order with the wrong shipping address. Within minutes Maureen had it fixed! Thank you so much! Love this place!!
review star review star review star review star review star   100% cotton bleached linen
Reviewer: Jamie
Pretty fabric. Was received just as described. Held up well after washing in hot water, then drying. Will make great cocktail napkins.
review star review star review star review star review star   Choose carefully, this is NOT white
Reviewer: Julie
While the fabric was the exact weight I needed, the color was not. I though I would be safe ordering a full bolt with a description that indicated it is a bleached white, but NOOOOO. It is pale ivory, not true white, and I cannot return it. Very costly assumption that I did not need to order a swatch of a white fabric to check the color.
review star review star review star review star review star   Beautiful soft linen
Reviewer: Valarie
This linen was recommended to me by other costume reenactors as an excellent one to use for making my 1700s chemise. It was stiff on arrival but after only washing one time, it was soft enough to wear under my clothes. I will be buying more when needed, and I´m recommending it to others.
review star review star review star review star review star   Need more already!
Reviewer: Karen
We ordered a bolt, and in going over the "to-do" list, I realized we could use another 10 yards or so. We are members of the SCA, and are always pleased with your quality. The hanky linen works for my cotehardies and my husband´s Japanese garments, and we often order in tandem. Keep up the good work!
review star review star review star review star review star   disappointed
Reviewer: barbara
Sadley disappointed that the fabric is folded and appears to be pressed folds which discolor the fold lines. I launder and steam and the discoloration on that line never leaves. I´m really done with this natural colored fabric. It doesn´t seem to happen with colors, only the naturals. They made it right once, so they say. The replacement was just as bad. If they know the problem why won´t they fix it? Or am I the only one?
review star review star review star review star review star   summer wear
Reviewer: Anonymous
I am disappointed in the coloring of this fabric. I am fine with the weight and have ordered before and will again as the quality is excellent. I expected a "White" fabric but it is an off white or yellow white
review star review star review star review star review star   disappointed
Reviewer: Beryl
The linen I received was not the handkerchief linen but a heavier weight that I just gave away because it would not fit the projects that I had wanted it for,. Mine was this number but It was not a thinner linen but a heavier and much stiffer one, even after I washed it.
review star review star review star review star review star   Sheets, Pillow Cases, Romantic Elegant Curtains for Bedroom
Reviewer: lina
I´ve had my linen now over a year. It gets softer and softer with every wash. It took me a while to settle on this product, as I was torn between 1C64´s amazing quality and the softness that this sheer linen had to offer. I´m so glad I chose this! It´s super smooth. I´m also getting ready to make this into sheer curtains for my bedroom and it´s just truly elegant to look at when the sun is bright shinning into the room (I used my sheets on the curtain rod as a sample). This linen is an off white and has a softer effect than your optic; it´s easy on your eyes when your turning in for the night. It´s one of many of my favorites and even though I ordered a bolt, 20 yards worth, I´ll be ordering again and again I´m sure.
review star review star review star review star review star   happy happy customer
Reviewer: gayle
I wanted to recreate a linen dress that I purchased but could not find any more like it.The fabric in all of the stores in my area in Florida was a joke. One fabric store recommended I go online. I purchased one time and I was so happy I purchased three more times. I am very, very thrilled with the quality, colors and pricing of the fabric.
review star review star review star review star review star   Love This Linen
Reviewer: Karen
I order the bleached linen for smocks and medieval accessories, such as coifs and hoods. When you are camping for two weeks in the summer, in a medieval style camp, there is NOTHING like putting on a clean, fresh under dress! Many people eschew long sleeves in the heat of summer. I actually prefer linen sleeves to wearing nothing, as the linen works well to wick heat and moisture from the skin, while giving some protection from the glare of the sun. I find this linen to be nice and soft, and it is always a pleasure to work with!
review star review star review star review star review star   Watch your whites!
Reviewer: kim
Love this fabric and use it all the time, but the "bleached white" color name is a little misleading. It is much closer to ivory than white, which when I complained was explained to me by the company as "like natural bleached muslin". Though this is beautiful for period clothing, if you want a true white you need to order the optic white.
review star review star review star review star review star   IL020 hankerchief linen
Reviewer: Sue
I have been looking for this fabric for a long time and just can´t find it locally. I LOVE it! It was very easy to work with and just gets softer every time I wash it. At 57 inches wide I think it is a great value and I know I will be ordering more.I am using it for a chemise under a costume You just can´t go wrong with this.
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Reviewer: Lena
review star review star review star review star review star   Gorgeous linen!
Reviewer: Susi
As a professional seamstress, I regularly make costumes for Renaissance Festival performers and other sorts of historical reinactment. This is the linen that I recommend for shirts, chemises and bloomers for comfort and authentic-looking style. This washes up so beautifully, especially using the trick of washing it in just a teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, which removes the oils and allows the fabric to wrinkle less. The weave is even and is a dream to cut and stitch. is my go-to for linen.
review star review star review star review star review star   I´m in love!
Reviewer: Yolanda
This is the first time I have ordered fabric from Fabrics -, and will definitely NOT be the last! I used my IL020 linen to make a simple half- slip, and it is a pleasure to wear. The linen is soft, breathable and just perfect in every way. Super - easy to work with, too. Thank you!
review star review star review star review star review star   Great Christening Dress fabric
Reviewer: Sally
In early 2012 I bought this fabric to make a one of a kind special order christening dress, slip and bonnet that was embellished with drawn thread work, hemstitching, Ayrshire embroidery, hand sewn tucks and antique bobbin lace. It was a bit stiff when it arrived but after several washings, it was very soft. It was a dream fabric on which to do the various kinds of handwork which I did with preshrunk linen threads. I was surprised at how little it shrunk as compared with linen I bought in Sweden the year before for some handwork. I would recommend it to anyone doing fine handwork for heirloom clothing or decorative items.
review star review star review star review star review star   Made wonderful summer bedding
Reviewer: Laura
I made queen sized top and bottom sheets (both flat to rotate and distribute the wear) and three pillowcases. I purchased 13 yards to allow for shrinkage and straightening the ends. I used full width lengths down the center of the bed, allowing the flat felled seams to lie on or close to the edges of the mattress. I cut the side pieces so the selvages would form the outer edges and used the remaining linen from the center to make the pillowcases. They turned out better than I expected and are just perfect for summer in our older house without air conditioning.
review star review star review star review star review star   Best Fabric Site!
Reviewer: Idalia
Love, love this linen! I have purchased three different weights from this company and while I loved them all, this one is the absolute favorite of mine. Light, breathable, and perfect for so many things! I will be making some pantaloons with lace with this latest purchase, but will be needing more for lightweight blouses or tunics for the hot Summer days ahead. I am quite pleased with the quality.
review star review star review star review star review star   Great linen!
Reviewer: Eileen
I´ve used this linen to make several 18th century men´s shirts and the results have been awesome! A high quality fabric and a great price.
review star review star review star review star review star   IL020 - Handkerchief
Reviewer: L.
This fabric was a real hit at my bobbin lace class. It is not easy to find handkerchief weight linen and we were all pleased with the quality of the two white fabrics I brought in. I believe a couple classmates went on to take advantage of the nice range of colors offered. The price is beyond amazing as well.
review star review star review star review star review star   Very happy - Robyn
Reviewer: Robyn
I am a repeat customer from Australia and Very Happy with the IL020. It sews beautifully and I love the natural colour. I will be ordering in 20 yd lot next when it is available. Love your Linen.
review star review star review star review star review star   So what if they won´t cut half yards?
Reviewer: Gina
The prices are great, I don´t mind ordering in whole yards. If I have linen laying around I end up using in another project.
review star review star review star review star review star   Won´t Cut Half Yards
Reviewer: Anonymous
I am giving up on this company because they won´t cut any half yards. One has to order fabric in whole yards.
review star review star review star review star review star   Top Quality Linen!
Reviewer: Valerie
When you combine top quality linen, great prices and excellent customer service, you have got a winner. I have been purchasing linen in the 3 oz and 5 oz weights from fabrics-store for 6 years and it´s consistently been a pleasure both in order process and after receipt.
review star review star review star review star review star   Great for all but the sheerest garb
Reviewer: Carla D.
This linen is fairly slubby, but its bright white and light to medium in hand at a great price! Its pretty soft on the skin once washed, it continues to get softer. It appears to be a chinese linen as it has a short fiber length, but the price is right!! I have used this for many an italian chemise, hats, linings, sleeves and more. At this price, its not too heavy but not heavy enough for breeches, but it would be ok, for braies (underwear) and any long wearing linen garment. I havent tried dying it just yet, be sure to get a \"reactive\" dye for plant fibers if you do.
review star review star review star review star review star   Wonderful product
Reviewer: Lisa
I had never ordered from this company before so didnt know what to expect. I trusted the reviews of my fellow reenactors and am glad I did. This linen is fabulous. Way better than any I have bought from my local fabric store. Plus, I can trust that it is 100% linen, unlike my local fabric store who is known for mislabeling linen blends as 100%. I am now an enthusiastic customer who plans to buy from this company again and again!! Ive also recommended this store to some others I know who sew reenactment clothing.
review star review star review star review star review star   Fabulous Linen!!
Reviewer: Katharine
I bought this linen to make an under-kamiz. It is really transparent, so this is definitely for under-garments. It came pretty stiff and a loose weave, but it softened a bit through the laundering process. Im almost done hand-sewing the garment and it is a marvelous material to hand-sew. I am hooked on this type of linen and will be purchasing the thicker weight for other garments. The shipping of this fabric was incredibly quick and the price is great. Ive been referring friends!
review star review star review star review star review star   Happy in Australia
Reviewer: Michelle
I am unable to get this type of linen in Australia, so I have to buy via the internet. I have bought two lots of this linen so far and I am about to buy the 20 yard special. Even though it costs alot for postage, this fabric is worth it, it makes the most comfortable chemises. It just gets better with each wearing and washing. Very happy repeat customer.
review star review star review star review star review star   Lovely Stuff
Reviewer: Christine
I could cuddle up to this all day! Im using this for my latest Elizabethan smock (chemise)- the old one was cotton batiste, and this linen is so much better! Ive never seen a better price for linen of this weight (when not purchased in bulk, at least), especially not locally.
review star review star review star review star review star   WONDERFUL STUFF
Reviewer: Teena
This is just excellent linen at the price. Perfect for making reenactment shirts. I was a little scared when it first arrived because it was so stiff and the weave was loose. But dont worry, the weave tightened with one washing and this linen just gets softer and softer every time you wash it.
review star review star review star review star review star   REally beautiful stuff
Reviewer: Amber
I made nightgowns for myself and my daughter and I just wnat to live in them all day long. I adore this fabri. I wish they sold 20 yard discount bolts of this weight! It is a bit see through, but for underclothing and nightgowns, this is just perfect.
review star review star review star review star review star   18th century
Reviewer: Mary
This was great for an 18th century mans shirt. I will order more for more shirts and chemises.
review star review star review star review star review star   Recommend for 18thC and 19thC chemises/shifts
Reviewer: Barbara Ann
I really like this for my summer 18thC shift, and plan to make my early 19thC shifts from it as well, as the linen breathes better than cotton. Great price on a lovely sheer linen. Excellent smooth selvedge, makes great caps too!
review star review star review star review star review star   Very nice
Reviewer: Laura
A beautiful linen for Renaissance Faire chemises, though I think next time I would go one weight higher. This weight is *just* this side of see-through. :)
review star review star review star review star review star   For those of you who are new to it ...
Reviewer: Barbara
IL020 is lightweight 100% linen. It is ideal for all of your sheer applications and is a see-through marvel. Regardless of its use, we are sure that this is by far the best priced lightweight 100% linen you will ever come across.

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IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Bonnet and cap inspired by the Handmaid's Tale Wings. Both made of the Optic White.
Posted by Amy

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Ready for summer
Posted by Rosemarie

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen I made that shirt for our Lithuanian folk dance group. I used optic white handkerchief linen. Wonderful fabric to work with!!
Posted by Egle

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Light weight linen Table Runner. Madeira Applique with pinstitching. Hand cut bias accent also pinstitched by machine.
Posted by Becky

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Thought I would share an item that I recently completed. This a Tudor Smock constructed out of your light weight linen and I just loved the hand of the linen. Your product is superb.--Toby
Posted by Toby

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen
Posted by Rita

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Same linen and a daintier look when sewn up as a Ladies handkerchief... 12" x 12" with a much narrower hem.
Posted by Ilona

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen A Dedication Gown made from Light Weight Linen, IL020 a delight to sew and embroider. Next, on to a dress for me!
Posted by Dottie

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Hemstitched handkerchief for a gentleman; hand sewn, using handkerchief weight bleached linen! Not quite a breeze to draw the threads after laundering but not terrible either. Do launder first though as there's a bit of shrinkage. Fabric has a fairly firm hand, not rough per se but sturdy... it will soften over time no doubt. I like it, definitely a 'bloke' fabric - I use the softened version in optic white for ladies handkerchiefs...
Posted by Ilona

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Yellow medieval outer dress made by myself.
Posted by christina

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen A reproduction 1883 chemise made from instructions found in Fashions of the Gilded Age, Volume 1 by Francis Grimble. After using the handkerchief linen for this, I won't ever go back t using cotton for my historical undergarments.
Posted by Teresa

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Hand-dyed and silk-screened Challah cover. Uses the bleached lightweight linen IL020. Designs by Kevin Cain were inspired by the illuminated border designs found in the Kennicott Bible. Made in Spain, this Bible, dating from 1476, is considered the finest Hebrew manuscript in the collection of the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.
Posted by Lois

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen I sewed this simple half-slip for myself using an A-line skirt pattern with elastic in the waist casing. The linen is amazingly easy to work with, being crisp, and yet so soft to the touch. I love it!
Posted by Yolanda

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen 1790-1815 linen shirt, hand rolled hems on the ruffles at the cuff and front. Great linen to work with!
Posted by Eileen

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Could not possibly be more pleased with this linen- Excellent quality, and, since this shirt was made, durability- even though it's lightweight, it's considerably strong. Good for shirts, camises, blouses, and wraps.
Posted by Trevor

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Lovely fabrics. Thank you! Beth BREATHE Clothing:
Posted by Beth

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Here are pictures of a period gown I made using your linen for the under sleeve. Please notice that I used vintage lace for the trim on the sleeve cuffs. This customer was tickeled and recieved many compliments of the authenticity of her costume. The occassion was the laying of the wreath at the grave of President Jefferson Davis, Hollywood Cemetary, Richmond,Va Patricia
Posted by Patricia

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen This fabric works up so nicely for period shirts. I've used it for 16th century & 18th century styles. This piece show is a Tudor smock with neck and wrist box pleats. Washing does indeed increase softness. See more photos at:
Posted by Laurie

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen I made these linen pantalets for my etsy store after many friends noticed mine and wanted copies.I used a personal pattern modeled after vintage bloomers.
Posted by Regina

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen This lightweight linen is just the thing for an 18th century man's shirt. Even though the pattern is really big compared with modern shirts, the beautiful drape of the fabric made it hang just right. See more of my work at
Posted by Tricia

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen This linen is perfect for 18th century shifts! It's barely transparent and drapes beautifully. See more of my work at
Posted by Tricia

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen I made my ruff from this lovely fabric and there are 18 yards gathered up into my neckband. It handled like a dream, was perfect for rolled hems and stacked pleats. I would definitely recommend this fabric to the serious reenactor or seamstress who wants to make beautiful ruffs.
Posted by Kimberley

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen I embroidered my daughter's coif with this lovely fabric, and also used it for the ruffs that I made for our participation in Kentwell's 1588 reenactment during the summer of 2008. I was very happy with how the ruffs held up and received many compliments on the linen garments that we wore. Our smocks were also of the same fabric, but of course you cannot see much of them.
Posted by Kimberley

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen The close up detail is free motion machine stitching on the front band of the jacket. I lower the feed dogs on my sewing machine and use a darning foot and just move the fabric with my hands. It's like drawing with thread. This is what many quilters do on their quilts. Since I don't have batting like quilts have in the front band, (which prevents puckering), I put the part that I am sewing in an embroidery hoop to hold the fabric taught while I draw with thread.
Posted by Glenda

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Elizabethan Chemise I used the 5.3 oz. white linen to make the chemise for this field Elizabethan. It's a great weight for spring & fall. I buy it by the bolt for myself and my students, and I go through yards and yards of it for all sorts of things. Mistress Jeanmaire du Domremy
Posted by Jeanmaire

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen This two tone dress is handmade exclusively by Kositas By Ixa using 100% white and yellow linen. It has embroidered accents and it can be made with a hairband and sandals. Visit our website for inquiries and to see more pictures of it. Also you write me an email at: for more information.
Posted by Ixaivia

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Jenn recommended you all when I started getting into costuming and was a bit frightened of purchasing let alone cutting linen. Well your prices were so reasonable I didn't have a (complete) heartattack ordering or cutting into it once I got it. I have since ordered many times and LOVE everything I get. For me I used the 3.5 oz linen used for the gomlek (chemise) with the 5.3oz used for the blue chirka (coat)as well as the rust colored one underneath it. Great stuff and service! Thanks!
Posted by Alexandra

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen Italian Renaissance - Chemise, Sleeves, Hat all made with white IL020 3.5 oz
Posted by Carla D.

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen 3.5 oz linen used for the gomlek (chemise) and salwar (pants), with the 5.3oz used for the chirka (coat). I LOVE this fabric :-) It washes beautifully and has an amazing drape.
Posted by Jennifer

IL020 BLEACHED - 100% Linen I've opted for fitted low-necked white 100% linen smock and the slashes in the under sleeves are stitched in place so it's not necessary to constantly be pulling them through. I believe they did this in period- if you look at her wrist closely in the portrait you can see the smock sleeve is narrow and fitted and the ruffle/cuff is wider and lightly gathered to fit the wrist, but the under sleeves are wider than the smock sleeve even at the wrist, suggesting that the under sleeve did have faux slashes. The neckline is accented with hand-done blanket stitching (Although hard to see in this size picture of the portrait, her chemise neckline is the same as Jane Seymour's below. The cuff was gathered to the smock and the cuff hem was finished by hand so as no machine stitching was visible. The smock itself was made based on instructions on Drea Leed's site, with dropped shoulders and underarm and hip gores.
Posted by Noelle

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