IL020 BLEACHED Softened - 100% Linen - Light (3.7 oz/yd2) - 20.00 Yards

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Bleached color is achieved by "stripping" the natural pigment out of the fibers( just like you would with bleaching hair). What you are left with is a very soft shade that is just ever so slightly an off-white color. 
Bleached is the basics of any project and loves being dyed. It is actually what we use to dye the colors. A truly versatile base and a must-have addition to your fabric repertoire.

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".

The cloth is Softened so we have added a softener to give it a silkier hand. The fabric has not been laundered so shrinkage will still have to be taken into consideration (shrinkage depends on fabric weave and laundering method).

Fabric specifications:

Article : IL020 Handkerchief
Content : 100% Linen
Type : BASIC
Thread size warp : 33.3
Thread size weft : 33.3
Thread count warp : 57
Thread count weft : 44
Weight : 3.7 oz/yd2
Width : 58 inch
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Lovely, light linen!
Reviewer: Katia jade

This was a joy to work with. I made a Roman tunica for SCA summer events as ideal nursing garb, and am using it also for cuffs and collars in drawn-thread embroidery. The even weave and slight sheerness look amazing, and its a joy to work with. Hemstitching is a dream - once I square the linen, pinching the hem and running a fingernail down it creases nicely so I need minimal pins to do my hand work. I will buy this again and again for shirts, chemises, Roman undertunics, embroidery and lace ground, and maybe eventually some hand-dyed and embroidered curtains or pillowcases. Strongly recommended!

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High quality fabric except for hard creases
Reviewer: Melissa

I love this white linen but I am unable to get the hard creases out. I used a hot steam iron which improved it greatly, but hard creases from the folds are still perceptible. Any other suggestions?

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Future Heirloom
Reviewer: Connie

I haven't yet used this linen. For 15 years during the 1980s and 1990s, I traveled the US/Canada, teaching fine hand sewing to adult women who were sewing primarily for young children. Christening dresses were a favorite and, for little baby boys, Irish handkerchief or tissue linen was the fabric of choice. I haven't done much sewing in the last decade, but my niece (my surrogate daughter, as her mother passed two years ago), after 4 years of fertility treatments, is finally pregnant, and this fabric will make an heirloom Christening garment for many generations to come. I was delighted when I received this lucious, lustrous fabric, and can't wait for this little blessing to arrive so we can decide whether pin-tucks or ruffles, lace or tatted insertions and edgings, ribbons or twisted cord!

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Mary anne profile image Reply to review by fiona regarding poor customer service
Reviewer: Mary anne

I read Fiona's review about poor customer service. I have found the customer service to be excellent from I am in the Eastern Time Zone. I am usually on the computer in the evening and most times my questions are answered soon after I send them. I get very complete answers. The longest I have ever had to wait for a reply was the next day. The orders are received within a few days -- definitely less than one week.

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Michael profile image Ideal for historic garments
Reviewer: Michael

I use this fabric to make shifts, colonial round caps, and neck cloths for the docents at the museum where I do some basic costume work. For a craftsman with modest sewing skills, the fabric is very easy to handle. Just remember to prewash a few times and the garments will wear and wash beautifully even with heavy use. A tip: A little spray starch makes cutting and fancy hemming easier.

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Wonderful fabric!
Reviewer: Faith

I do a lot of historical sewing for reenacting and the Renaissance Faire. This linen is wonderful to work with. It softens right up after pre-washing and is strong and sturdy. It's so much easier to wear for summer events. From now on all period undergarments are going to be made from handkerchief weight linen!

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A Profesional Costumer's Seal of Approval.
Reviewer: Christine

I am a professional costumer. I am obsessed with tiny \\\"details\\\"in my work. A good design begins with quality fabrics. With 30+ years under my belt I know quality fabric at a glance. I purchased this linen as an option for my clients who cannot afford Ulster or Belfast linen which costs me $24.50 a yard! I was over the moon with joy when I received my first order of this linen (IL020 - Handkerchief). Yes, it's not as white, but it is still a high quality handkerchief weight linen. I've purchased other linens on Etsy for $10 a yard, and it was rough and of substandard quality! Never again!! I insist on using THE best fabrics in my designs because I want my clients to get their money's worth. This linen lives up to my very exacting standards for quality. If you want your linen to stand up to time and wear NEVER machine wash. Never use bleach. Never dry it in the dryer, and please don't iron on the high setting! WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: I've consulted with professional weavers with many years of experience and they tell me to always soak your linen in water no hotter than 70 degrees for about 45 minutes using a gentle detergent - I use Oxyclean or Ivory Snow Flakes. Do not use bleach or whiteners! Don't wring out the water by twisting! Bleach, strong detergents, machine washing, high heat and wringing to remove the water breaks down the natural glue of the linen fibers created when the linen is spun and your linen loses its natural sheen and becomes fuzzy in appearance. Yes, it may be softer when this happens, but it breaks down the integrity of the fibers and it no longer will wick away the sweat as efficiently. Agitate the garment in your wash water but don't rub together to remove soiled spots. SOAK IT! If you have to, repeat the soaks until it's clean. Again, don't wring out the water. Squeeze it and lay it on a towel then roll it up to express the excess water, unroll and dry flat. Linen is a straight fiber and likes to dry straight. Don't fold it over a clothes line. Hang it on a hanger or dry it flat. Press your linen with an iron when it is slightly damp. If you launder and care for linen properly it will stand up to years of wear! - Christine Helman

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Not totally white
Reviewer: Patricia

I love the smooth texture of this linen, but I was surprised when I put it next to my other white linen fabrics, because it was off-white, rather than white. I use it to make product labels, and I hope the off-white color will work. I haven't yet tried it.

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Delightfully cool
Reviewer: Elizabeth d

This was purchased to make something specific. It was to be a period garment, but it felt so good to the hand that I decided I wanted to be able to wear it a lot more often. Someday I will get that shift made. However, this turned into a favorite smock for hot summer days. I sort of modified a muu-muu pattern into a knee length tunic or smock and I made a few other changes, like POCKETS. It has been really useful as well as pretty. It also is like a new canvas, I have dreams of either doing some fabric painting or embroidering a lacey floral pattern on the skirt part. It's a little on the sheer side, so a surface pattern on it will distract the eye so I don't have to wear a slip if I go out in the bright sun!

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Rita profile image Wonderful linen
Reviewer: Rita

i absolutely love this linen. It works perfect for airy summer dresses

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Perfect color - perfect weight
Reviewer: Leslie

This is the perfect handkerchief-weight linen for making pillow slips and napkins. Wash in warm water a couple of times to pre-shrink and remove any residual sizing. This linen is perfect for traditional embroidery, crewel, cross stitch, or any other type of embroidery. It also dyes well. You can use liquid or powdered dye -- either one works well. So, if they do not have the exact color you want, you can create a custom color using liquid dye. For my traditional table linens, the bleached white is the perfect color.

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Reviewer: Linda

This linen was just what I was looking for. I plan to use it for lacey handkerchiefs. It is lightweight and the bleached color will go well.

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Lovely Fabric!
Reviewer: Karen

I purchased this fabric to teach my daughter how to embroider a design without it being pre-printed. The fabric is a lovely, sheer weight that will do very nicely for this. I haven't started the project yet, but I have washed it and ironed it and it felt like it would work well. I would recommend it. I have even thought about making curtains from it!

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Brigit profile image Soft and silky--quilts beautifully
Reviewer: Brigit

I ordered this handkerchief linen to make a baby quilt. I've never quilted with linen before but this linen quilted beautifully. The bleached white is a nice clean, soft white, and it has a lovely silky hand. I highly recommend this product. Here is a link to my quilt:

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Tammy profile image SOFT AND LOVELY
Reviewer: Tammy

I bought 3 yards of this linen to give it a try. i also bought 3 yards of the bleached med weight linen. i wanted to compare. it is a bit lighter than the med weight (obviously) but, not much. the big difference i noticed is how much softer it is than the med weight. much smoother and the threads are finer (although i LOVE the med weight as well). i currently use med weight to make pillowcases and i made a duvet cover. im going to order more of the light weight linen for pillowcases and perhaps duvet covers. i just love the texture. if you hold it to the light its more transparent than the med weight but, not much. beautiful. beautiful. Fabrics-Store can you please make lightweight linen in MIXED NATURAL? i would love to have at least a bolt of lightweight mixed natural!

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Amazing for shirts and chemise. Good for light partlets too.
Reviewer: Nicola

This is lovely to work with, soft, washes well, has body without stiffness. I recommend it for shirts and chemise and wonderful for lightweight lining of medium weight cotton brocades etc. I use scraps to line pouches and make handkerchiefs. Takes lightweight embroidery well too.

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Love the feel of this fabric.
Reviewer: Jan

I bought this to make an 18th century chemise. It went together beautifully, I will use it as a nightgown after I used it as a costume. I have purchased several yards of linen from the Fabric- Store. I love undying from them. Their fabrics are always first quality.

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Child's shift and apron
Reviewer: Diane

I used the light weight linen for a colonial child's shift and and apron using hand stitching. The fabric was easy to I am very satisfied with the finished product.

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Excellent linen
Reviewer: Michelle

I have used this linen fabric to make summer sleepwear, and plan to make more! Unlike some "fashion" linens I have purchased, this wonderful fabric BREATHES and makes me much more comfortable in hot weather.

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good lightweight linen
Reviewer: Anonymous

This "softened" IL020 is a superb fabric. I have bought handkerchief weight linen from several other online stores, and although their product has been perfectly acceptable, fabric-store's is better. It is woven with much finer threads than you usually see, so the washed and dried linen winds up being closer to good shirtweight fabric--nothing rustic about it. In addition, it seems to have a longer staple, in that almost no lint or fuzz came out when I treated it to two vigorous machine wash and dry sessions before working with it. Finally, fabric-store's shipping speed is unbelievably fast: I ordered on Monday; my package arrived on Wednesday! Hard to beat that. I'll be buying here again, and will post a positive report on a couple of sewing bulletin boards where I'm a member.

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perfect for chemises!
Reviewer: Rebecca

This is THE best chemise fabric, ever! It is beautifully soft against the skin; a perfect foundation layer! This is all I will ever use!

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Beautiful, lightweight linen
Reviewer: Anonymous

This is a light weight, beautiful linen. I love all the IL020 fabrics. It washes beautifully. They all soften over several washes. Those not called softened seem somewhat stiff until washed, but improve with washing. This has a soft hand with good drape for linen. This is suitable for lightweight blouses, lingerie, and other applications. You can't go wrong buying this or any of the ILO20 fabrics. They are my favorites.

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Excellent Handkerchief Linen!
Reviewer: Elisabeth

That says it all! I really like this fabric. It was thin, delicate, and held up well to drawn thread embroidery. It made an excellent, crisp, cap, and a soft, pleasing neckerchief. I hope, in the future, to buy it again!

FS CHARLIE Blouse Made with FS BLEACHED Lightweight Softened Linen. I went with the FS Softened lightweight linen in the bleached colourway to further play into the white-tee-alternative look. The fabric was just a dream to work with and I think it's the perfect match for this pattern, I can already tell how nice and cool it will feel in the dead of summer.

Posted by Nisan

I got a doggie bag of 3 yds. of this linen and decided to make my husband a Regency shirt. It's so soft and really nice to sew. The shirt is entirely handsewn with silk thread. I used the method from Matthew Gnagy's Regency shirt YouTube tutorial (with some modifications, including adding ruffles to the cuffs). I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

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Posted by Kathlenn

Not the best photo but here is the Chelsea tee with the sleeves widened and lengthened to make rolled sleeves instead of cuffs. This is a beautiful linen!

Posted by Amy

Late 18th early 19th Century Royal Naval Officer's Shirt for bosom ruffle. Worked very well combined with bleached 5.3 oz linen for shirt.

Posted by VY

16th Century Italian (Open) Partlet with blackwork by Designs From Time. Another partlet I made for a client. This linen is simply divine! As a professional costumer I look for quality fabrics that are affordable. This linen is a perfect option! While it is not as white as the Belfast or Ulster linen I use for some of my pieces (which sells for $24.50 a yard!) it has a beautiful weave and I use it all the time for my clients who want a more affordable option without scrimping on the quality of the fabric. - Christine Helman

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16th Century Partlet by Designs From Time. I embellished this linen partlet in a machine embroidery reproduction of the Maria di Medici painting (copyright Designs From Time 2015 - 2016 All Rights Reserved). This fabric is PERFECT for my client's smocks, chemises, and partlets. - Christine Helman

Posted by Christine

A nice artsy tunic in the bleached white. I can wear it all seasons---with a turtleneck and boots in the cold months and alone in the spring. Love the way it drapes!

Posted by Barbara

bloomers out of IL020 "Krista". I love the color and also the light weight of this linen. Great to work with.

Posted by Pat

I used IL020 Bleached- softened to make these ornaments with free motion machine work to outline the compartments and then filling them with wool yarn boutis style. The friends and family who got them loved them, and I loved working with it.

Posted by Darlene Dallas

Handstitched linen pins I make for our boutique in Round Top,Texas.

Posted by Kim

love how this fabric worked for the top and the medium weight for the pants.. prewashed the fabric and it doe not wrinkle much at all... looks like linen is supposed to look

Posted by Karen

These curtains are done in IL020 Hedge Green. They are lovely, being sheer during the day and opaque at night with outside shutters down. I love the way this linen hangs. It was A dream to work with. I had enough fabric left for handkerchiefs for my husband. He thinks he's A real "Dandy" with his new handkerchiefs in such A beautiful green.

Posted by Janie

This linen just does great all around! 2 throw pillows as wedding gifts, everything was hand stitched except for the basic construction of the pillow. Unfortunately won't let me post both pics so if you want to see the back sides go to

Posted by Jessica

I do wedding handkerchiefs for family members. I decided to branch out and try using linen for hankies versus cotton/store bought. It's an amazing product for handkerchiefs and I plan to make lots more, may even try this out for napkins. It is a light material and almost see through when held up to the light. I thought my tatting would be too heavy for the material but its a great match!

Posted by Jessica

I made this with light weight linen fabric and machine-embroidered around the neck and arm hole. This empire-waist top is designed to be flattering on all body types.

Posted by Janaki

This 18th century 'shift' is the first garment of a period correct costume I am making. It is all hand sewn, except the side seams ........yes, all the flat felled seams are hand done! I used IL020 bleached, washed it first in hot water and then ironed it. It was a delight to work with. I am going to try IL020 bleached softened next.

Posted by Denia

A c. 1800 shirt with ruffle made from the IL020 bleached and softened linen. I love working with this fabric - hand rolled hems and button holes look so beautiful!

Posted by Eileen

Light weight linen apron and shift.

Posted by Diane

18th century Wives cap. Made from light weight linen.

Posted by Katherine

Great weight linen to work up as Renaissance head linens such as this embroidered coif under a flat cap made from IL020 REDWOOD.

Posted by Laurie

My first "vintage inpired" linen christening gown...I love the way it turned out, this fabric was just lovely. I've used many of the linens from and keep coming back. My creations and services are available laststitchdesigns @ Next project for this fabric I think will be some regency chemises

Posted by Amy

Pair of Viking-era linen apron dresses (one blue, one light gray) like one of the Birka finds. Worn over a white keyhole-necked shift. All three garments are made from medium-weight linens.

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