What is Cotton Lawn fabric?

Cotton Lawn is a plain weave fabric made from fine combed cotton threads.  Because it is woven very closely it creates a smooth, even surface on the fabric.  It drapes nicely and is a lightweight, breathable dress fabric.

What is Cotton Voile fabric?

Generally speaking, Cotton Voile is fairly similar to Cotton Lawn but is lighter in weight and more sheer.

What can I sew with these fabrics?

You can make lovely dresses, tops, blouses, skirts and children’s clothes with these fabrics.  Additionally, they are particularly good for summer wear because they are so soft and lightweight.  Cotton Lawns and Cotton Voiles both resist wrinkles fairly well.

Sewing projects made from Cotton Lawn by Dorte

Sewing projects made from Cotton Lawn by Dorte

How do I care for these fabrics:

  • Wash at 30C
  • Tumble dry on low heat
  • Iron on a medium to high heat.

Any tips for sewing Cotton Lawn and Cotton Voile?

  • Although these fabrics don’t shrink as much as the heavier cottons, we still recommend that you wash them before cutting and sewing.
  • Use a 9 or 11 needle to decrease the chance of leaving holes in the tight weave fabric.

More about cotton

Cotton is a natural fibre that comes from the seedpod of the cotton plant.  Cotton is the most popular fabric in the world (outselling all others) for many reasons.  Firstly, it is easy to care for.  Secondly, this fabric ‘breathes’ so is comfortable in hot, humid weather.  As the body perspires, the fibres absorb the moisture and release it on the surface of the fabric, so it evaporates. Finally, in cold weather, if the fabric remains dry, the fibres retain body heat so keeping the wearer warm.

Dragonfly Fabrics stock a wide selection of gorgeous printed Cotton Lawns and Voiles – ranging from traditional florals to modern abstract designs.