What is Double Gauze?
You may have heard about double gauze fabric and be wondering what it is. It is a lightweight, quite loosely woven, 100% cotton fabric constructed of two layers of a thin, muslin-like fabric joined every centimetre or so with a tiny invisible stitch to create the double layer – hence double gauze – fabric.
It is incredibly soft as well as lightweight, so it lends itself to being used for summer dresses, blouses, tops and pyjamas.
How to prepare Double Gauze fabric for sewing
As with many dressmaking fabrics, it is advisable to wash your double gauze fabric before you cut out your pattern pieces. Double gauze is likely to shrink and is best washed on a cold setting and pressed well using lots of steam.
The fabric is quite straightforward to cut and does not slip around too badly. Use patternweights to keep it flat and make sure you mark any pattern markings or notches with tailor’s tacks, chalk or an erasable pen as any notches you cut may look like the open weave of the fabric so will be hard to see.
It is recommended to use a polyester or 50 weight cotton thread to sew garments with double gauze. You should select a 70 or 80 standard sewing needle.
Choose a seam finish where the frayed edges of the double gauze will be finished off properly so it doesn’t fray when wearing the finished garment. Use a flat felled seam or a French seam to sew your garment. The nature of the fabric is quite forgiving when sewing it and pressing well with lots of steam will help with getting a perfect finish.
Patterns to use for Double Gauze
Double gauze is perfect for patterns where the fabric choice is light to medium weight cottons. It is perfect for summer shirts and dresses.We have rounded up a few patterns that would be great for sewing up in double gauze fabric:
Kalle Shirt by Closet Case Patterns