Linen may be the oldest fiber and is made from the stem of the flax plant.  Cool and comfortable to wear in warm climates, linen fabrics are quick-drying, lint free and resistant to moths and detergents.  They have good shape retention, strong dry and wet, and resist stains and dirt.

  • Linen wrinkles, shrinks and frays so be sure to pre-wash it (delicate cycle or by hand) and press it before sewing
  • Linen dyes well, although not as well as cotton
  • Not damaged by sunlight, but may yellow with age
  • Compared with cotton, linen is usually more expensive, smoother, more absorbent and faster drying. 
  • Be sure to iron with a press-cloth to avoid making your linen look shiny