There are so many reasons to love linen, and we believe that our collection of European Flax linen is worth a little deep dive.
Linen is a fabric that goes back centuries and has a long and rich history. We all know the luxe, breatheable feeling of linen can be lovely to wear and it's no surprise that due to its distinctive qualities, linen has, over the course of time, become one of the most sought-after materials for use in garment making.
Linen is an excellent choice for clothes and accessories to wear during warm weather as well as layers to wear during the cooler months because it is naturally hypoallergenic, breathable, and soft.
But what's so special about European Flax linen and why do we harp on about this wonderful fabric?
Flax linen from Europe is considered to be the gold standard in linen when it comes to quality. Its sumptuous texture and beautiful drape make it a great choice for a huge variety of uses. Aside from the practical side of things, it's a great option when it comes to sustainability and eco-friendliness too.
In this post, we'll take a look at the distinctive characteristics of European flax linen and the reasons why it holds the gold standard. Whether you are an experienced seamstress or a beginner looking for your next project, read on to find out why we think European flax linen is a great choice for your next project.
A little linen history lesson
The history of European flax linen goes back thousands of years and is entrenched with decades-old customs as well as specialised knowledge.
The flax plant that is used to make linen should not be confused with the flax plant that grows abundantly in New Zealand. While the plants are similar, when it comes to what they can be used for, they are very different.
The Flax plant is generally cultivated and harvested by hand in Northern and Western Europe, where it is known for its meticulous growing and harvesting practises. After the fibres have been extracted, they are put through a series of processes that have been handed down from one generation to the next in order to create linen of the highest possible quality. Because of the great craftsmanship and painstaking attention to detail that has gone into producing it, European flax linen has been able to keep its place as the gold standard in the world of linen.
The manufacturing method of European flax linen is both kind to the environment and accountable to the communities in which it is produced. When compared to other types of crops, the flax plant has a lower need for both water and pesticides, making it a more sustainable and environmentally friendly option. The fibres are processed using conventional methods, which reduce the amount of waste and pollution produced, and the workers are provided with safe working conditions and paid a fair wage for their efforts. Because it combines environmental consciousness with a commitment to fair treatment of workers, European flax linen is an ethical option for consumers who care about the welfare of both the world and the people who inhabit it.
The graceful drape, velvety hand, and timelessly beautiful appearance of European flax linen are all indications of the fabric's high quality.
What sets European Flax apart?
European flax linen has many advantages over other forms of linen. Strength and durability are its main advantages. For frequently used garments, European flax linen is a great choice and can be used to make a daily-wear garments or a heavy-use items.
Breathability is another virtue of European flax linen. The fibres' unusual structure helps air to circulate, making it cool and comfortable for clothing and bedding. Because of its breathability, it's perfect for delicate skin.
European flax linen is also easy to maintain. You don't need to wash linen often, keeping your laundry loads down. You can give your linen clothing a good airing outside and a flash of steam with the iron and you'll be good to go.
When you do need to wash it, each wash makes European flax linen softer and more lovely, and it will develop its own lovely characteristics.
A little Linen Inspo!
We love to make our own clothes with linen, and our European Flax linen has the added benefit of an antique wash. This means the fabric has been treated during production to give it a little 'lived in feel' without any wear and tear. Important note, we still recommend a pre-wash before you start to make your project!
There are so many incredible things that our European flax linen can be used for. This versatile, all-season fabric can be utilised in a variety of products, from luxe dresses and blouses to duster coats and jackets. It has a lovely drape and is simple to work with, making it ideal for dressmakers and home sewers.
Our European flax linen range will help you to create timeless, traditional pieces that can be worn all year round. We often think of linen as a summer fabric, but did you know, linen in a great choice for the winter too? It works well for cooler weather since it gives warmth without adding bulk, and because it is lightweight and breathable, it is perfect for summer wear.
Best of all, our range is available in a wide range of colours including bold brights, wardrobe stapes and classic neutrals.