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As part of our sustainability switch, we have moved over our cotton double gauzes to an organic base. These double gauzes are made from 100% GOTS organic cotton and are Oeko-Tex certified.
Sewing with double gauze – a helping hand!
Double gauze consists of two layers of fine open woven cotton. They are attached together with tiny stab stitches at regular intervals, in a grid pattern. Because of the double layer there are a few things you can do when sewing to make your life a bit easier!
- Stay stitch wherever possible. Stay stitching is when you machine stitch just within the seam allowance on both of your pattern pieces before sewing them together. Areas you’ll want to do this would be necklines, armholes and sleeve heads. Once stay stitched lay your cloth pieces on top of the paper pattern. Now ease up the stay stitches until the curves are the same length as the paper pattern and tie off the threads.
- Use a fine sharp needle like a size 10.
- Make sure your cloth is completely on grain before cutting out your pattern pieces by pulling a thread on one layer of the gauze, close to the stab stitches.
- Pay good attention when pressing throughout the making process, making sure all seams are completely flat. Once your garment is completed it will look a little flat but giving it a good steam will bring those two layers back to life!
- To really encourage the texture of double gauze you can tumble it to make it extra crinkly, this may make your garment feel a touch smaller, so much so, you may want to make a size up!
Pattern choices for double gauze
Double gauze lends itself to casual styles. It looks a bit undone, like something you’ve had for years and washed and washed. Don’t pick anything that needs precision like a collared shirt for example. If you want to dip your toe into sewing with double gauze we would suggest the Trapeze, Tee, 101’s or Dress Shirt. Slightly more challenging patterns would be Edie, Sunday, Florence, Camber. These aren’t particularly hard but because they have bias strips you’ll need to handle the gauze carefully.