Whites, Lights and Naturals

I have arranged here all of our white and extra light fabrics, organized by type.  They are primarily used for underclothing, blouses, aprons and pinafores and it can be confusing to understand which ones work best for each kind of garment.  I trust you will find the explanations helpful.  If you have more questions, please contact me and I'll be happy to lend a hand. 

Below each of the products you will see a measurement in ounces (ex. 3oz).  This is how much a square yard weighs and will help you get a sense of which fabrics are lighter and heavier.  As a comparison, our standard quilting cottons are about 4oz and our Tropical Breeze poly/cottons about 3oz.

Poly/Cottons

The main difference between the tropical breeze and poplins are weight and drape.  The TB is softer and has a nice drape.  The poplins are a bit stiffer but also heftier. We like them for blouses. The others are all nice to try if you want something a bit different.

PC64-A

White tropical breeze poly/cotton. 3oz

Good for shirts and underclothing

PC164-A

Cream tropical breeze poly/cotton. 3oz

Good for shirts and underclothing

PC37-A

White poplin poly/cotton 3.25oz

Excellent for shirts and blouses

PC79-A

Ivory poplin poly/cotton 3.25oz

Excellent for shirts and blouses

PC167-A

Out of stock

PC195-A

White baby wale pique in dacron/cotton blend.  3oz

Really nice for slips

PC194-B

White birds eye pique in dacron/cotton blend 3oz

Really nice for slips and any other general use

Batiste/Nainsook

These are the lightest fabrics we carry and are mostly used for bloomers, slips, pantaloons etc for use in warm weather.  If you use them for any other garment you will need to wear something underneath as they are not fully opaque

 

PC28-A

White poly/cotton batiste 2.5oz

Best for underclothing

C73-B

White cotton batiste 2.5oz

Best for underclothing

C43-A

White cotton nainsook 2.2oz

Best for underclothing and even lighter than the batiste

Muslin and Flannel

These are the staples.  We make more slips, bloomers and pantaloons in these fabrics than in anything else.  They are a good year round weight and our muslins come from a great source who does not overprocess or overbleach them. 

FL6-A

White or cream cotton flannel--what we have in stock varies based on availability 4.5oz

Best for underclothing and light flannel nightgowns

C12-A

White cotton muslin 4oz

All purpose underclothing and old fashioned pinafores

C240-A

Cream/off white muslin 4oz

All purpose underclothing and old fashioned pinafores

C60-A

White brushed cotton.  Like flannel on one side, so lighter than a flannel but soft and cozy. 

FL31-A

White brushed cotton--lighter than flannel but brushed on one side and nice and cozy

   
Clothing Cottons

Use these 100% cottons for shirts, blouses, pinafores and anything else you need in white that is not underclothing.

C31-A

White solid cotton 4.3oz

Our all purpose cotton

C300-A

Snow solid cotton 4.3 oz

Our all purpose cotton

C386-B

White organic cotton 4.7oz

A bit heavier

C264-C

White pima wale cotton pique 4.5oz

Lovely raised wale pattern pique. Very nice for shirts/blouses

C265-B

White pima cotton lawn 2.5oz

Lightweight lawn is especially nice for blouses. You may need a camisole underneath

C269-B

White cotton seersucker 3.5oz

Our very favorite fabric for girl's peasant/raglan tops. We also don't bother with ironing.

C313-B

White cotton heavier birds eye pique 6oz

A good hefty weight and really nice for a warm nightgown.  Too heavy for any garment with a collar