Since the first days of human civilization, linen plain weave  has been the most popular fabric for clothing. It’s great because it is soft to the touch, breathable and light – perfect for all kinds of underwear: breeches, shirts, pants, as well as aprons, turbans or scarves. Despite the passage of time, plain weave linen is used not only for sewing historical clothes, but also for more modern designs. It is especially chosen for light, summer clothes such as shirts or dresses. Our unique lightweight linen with a low grammage will work perfectly in any of your projects!

Note! Many more fabrics from this collection will be presented here… soon…
Stay tuned. Cezary from WOOLSOME

But! If you are impatient, you can already buy 28 different available colours, by clicking the first item below called “Various Colours”, and then type a note on a checkout which of them would like to be cut for you.

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Linen Thin Plain Weave Various Colours

8,80 m
Width +/- 2cm

140 cm, 150 cm

Grammage Note1: OZ - stands for Ounces per Square Yard. Note2: We are showing grammage as per 1 square meter (GSM). While you may be used to gramms per linear (running) meter from other shops (GLM).

5oz, 170 g/m2

Colour We have divided the palette into 11 basic colours. So this attribute is telling about the general, closest colour. For example BLUE : will include all different blue, navy and turquoise shades. This helps while filtering the shop searching for the fabric shade you desire.

White, Beige, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown, Grey, Black


Plain weave

What was plain weave linen fabric used for?

Plain weave linen fabric has been the most popular fabric since the Neolithic era. It is perfect for all kinds of underwear: underdress, shirts, pants, as well as aprons, turbans or scarves. It was used for making clothes and even used as money. At first, making linen cloth was very complicated, but fast, it became one of the most popular fabrics in Europe.

Is linen plain weave historical?

The most basic and common type of weave is plain weave. It is the most popular fabric throughout history, and that's because it's such an affordable and easy-to-produce cloth. And it is not only a cheap option; in reality it is much more versatile than it may seem at first sight. Linen plain weave has been used to make all kinds of garments. Today it remains a popular choice for underwear, sheets and even some types of pants.

What are the adventages of plain weave linen?

After being used for making clothing and other household items for thousands of years, plain weave linen fabric is still going strong. It's easy to see why this unassuming fabric has remained a staple for centuries: it's durable and comfortable; it holds its shape well; it's breathable and absorbs moisture; it gets softer with each washing; and its color palette includes an endless number of shades and hues. And perhaps most importantly, it can be found in an incredible assortment of quality fabrics. That is why hand-woven plain weave linen has appeared on sale in the WoolSome store.

What kind of linen choose  for sewing?

If you're wondering how to pick the best linen fabric for your next project, there are a few things to consider. First, ask yourself what you will be using the finished product for: if it's something that will regularly come into contact with water—say, a kitchen towel—you'll want to choose a fabric with a high-quality finish to prevent staining. If you're making a garment like a shirt or pair of pants that might be worn in historical reenactment — or even just on a hot day—you'll want to select a high quality fabric.

Modern use of linen plan weave fabric

Plain weave linen fabric is one of the most commonly used fabrics today. Its traditional usage was for clothing that would be worn against the skin; this allows for very good breathability by keeping the body cool during hot seasons. Linen is also a very durable material. It is difficult to wipe, and it can also be washed at very high temperatures and using strong detergents (like lye used in the Middle Ages). Therefore, it was a very popular option for all kinds of underwear and bed linen, because it was easy to maintain hygiene with it.