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Sewing with Double Gauze

Tips for sewing with double gauze fabric

This article is sponsored by Modelo Fabrics who offer a range of great quality fabrics for home sewing, including a lovely range of double gauze fabrics in on-trend colours.

What is Double Gauze?

What is double gauze fabric

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. 

How to sew double gauze fabrics

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. 

Flat felled seams

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

Best sewing patterns for double gauze

This is a loose fitting shirt pattern that can be made in different lengths depending on your style. See our pattern review of the Kalle Shirt here. Find a stockist of this pattern here.

Nova Midi Dress by Style Arc

dresses to sew with double gauze

Loose casual dress for holiday wear and on the beach. Find a stockist of this pattern here

Southport Dress by True Bias

Sewing inspiration for double gauze

The Southport dress is a tank style dress designed to be worn as a coverup at the beach or a dress for around town. Find a stockist of this pattern here.

The Cottage Shirt by The Sewing Workshop

Shirt making with double gauze

Nice shaped shirt pattern. Find a stockist for this pattern here.