Several new Organic Double Gauze fabrics are now available in the shop from Cloud 9 and Monaluna Fabrics. Double Gauze is a new substrate that has become quite popular online the last few years, but at a recent show I was surprised how many people were unfamiliar with it, and so this post on what it is, some general tips for sewing with Double Gauze, and of course, some tips on smocking with it!
So what is it? Double Gauze is two layers of 100% cotton gauze fabric, both of which are printed and then the two layers are woven together by a common thread every centimeter or so. Cotton Gauze is made with a Leno Weave which produces an open, sheer, yet strong fabric. The resulting fabric is loose, and airy with a wonderful softness and drape. By putting two layers of the gauze together the fabric retains the drape, softness and airiness, but isn't sheer.
Double Gauze is originally from Japan, and until recently sewists had to purchase fabrics from Japanese manufacturers to enjoy this substrate. However, in the past few years several US companies.have started to offer double gauze. When purchasing double gauze, especially online, it is helpful inquire about the openness of the weave. Gauze fabric is an open weave by definition, but some are more open than others. Do you remember the cotton fabric used to swaddle newborn babies in the hospital?