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Batiste, Lawns, Voiles & Cheesecloth

Batiste, Lawns, Voiles & Cheesecloth

Cotton lawn, voile, batiste and cheesecloth are all very lightweight cotton fabrics. They are ideal for making light blouses, shirts, skirts and dresses and craft projects including bows, sashes and ties. They can also be used as curtain material or protective food coverings, thanks to their fine weave.

Here at Spotlight, you can find a huge collection of plain and patterned voiles and related fabrics that are all available by the metre.

Choose from pretty pastels and dramatic prints, or opt for subtle plains in neutral shades or bright hues.

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Can I purchase batiste, lawns, voiles and cheesecloth at Spotlight?

Yes, you can. Although these cloths are all similar in that they are lightweight, fine, tightly-woven fabrics, they have some differences too. They lend themselves to a variety of uses from dressmaking to interior projects and can be used for crafting as well. Here are some definitions of the different types of cloth included in this range.

Batiste is a fine cloth made from cotton, wool, polyester, or a blend, and the softest of the lightweight opaque fabrics. In the past, it was often used as a lining fabric for high-quality garments. Batiste is also used for handkerchiefs (cotton batiste) and lingerie.

Lawn is a lightweight, sheer cloth, crisper than voile but not as crisp as organdie. Lawn is known for its semi-transparency, which can range from gauzy or sheer to an almost opaque effect. The finish used on lawn ranges from soft to semi-crisp to crisp, but the fabric is never completely stiff.

Voile is a soft, sheer fabric, usually made of 100% cotton or cotton blends including linen or polyester. The term comes from French and means veil. Because of its light weight, the fabric is mostly used in soft furnishing. In hot countries, voile is used as window treatments and mosquito nets.

Cheesecloth is a loose-woven gauze-like cotton cloth used primarily in cheese making and cooking, to strain soups, jellies and sauces. It is similar to muslin but not quite as strong, and with a slightly looser weave.

What types of fabric can I find in this range?

The batiste, lawn, voile and cheesecloth fabrics come in a range of prices, starting at a low price which makes it ideal for large swathes of fabric such as net curtains, theatre drapes or costumes, while at the top end, the fabrics are more suitable for delicate garments. They are available in natural colours and brightly dyed shades and you will find many with beautiful patterns too.

How do I care for these fabrics?

Because of their delicate structure and weave, it is recommended to wash these fabrics by hand where possible, and to let them dry naturally rather than using a dryer, unless you are using them in culinary situations (usually the cheaper cheesecloths). Take care when ironing, by putting a white cotton cloth between the fabric and the iron you can avoid scorch marks on the fabric.

Does Spotlight sell other fabrics too?

Yes, this is just one small range of our vast collection of different fabrics, suitable for tailoring, dressmaking, interior design, upholstery, curtain, blinds and craft projects. Why not take a look at the many different fabrics available at Spotlight today? We think you will be delighted at the variety and quality on offer, all at great prices and available by the metre.

Can I purchase woven apparel fabrics at Spotlight?

Yes, you can. Woven fabrics account for a large percentage of all dressmaking and apparel fabrics and we are pleased to be able to offer you a wide choice of these fabrics here at Spotlight. Woven apparel fabrics are available in many weights, fibres, colours and designs, making it easy to find the right fabric for your next sewing project here.

What are the features of woven apparel fabrics?

Woven fabrics are made up of a weft - the yarn going across the width of the fabric - and a warp - the yarn going down the length of the loom. The side of the fabric where the wefts are double-backed to form a non-fraying edge is called the selvedge. There are at least three distinct types of woven fabric, which are:

Plain weave: In plain-weave fabric, the warp and weft are aligned so that they form a simple criss-cross pattern. Plain-weave is strong and hardwearing, so it's used for fashion and furnishing fabrics.

Twill weave: In twill-weave fabric, the crossings of weft and warp are offset to give a diagonal pattern on the fabric surface. This means the fabric is strong, drapes well and is used for jeans, jackets and curtains.

Satin weave: Satin-weave fabrics consist of a complex arrangement of warp and weft threads, which allows longer float threads either across the warp or the weft. The long floats mean the light falling on the yarn doesn't scatter and break up, like on a plain-weave. The reflected light creates a smooth, lustrous (shiny) surface commonly called satin.

What are the advantages of woven apparel fabrics?

Here are some of the main advantages of woven fabrics:

Cost: As in all industries, time and labour have an effect on the cost of items. Woven fabrics are formed on looms and are made to be sturdy. The fabric cannot be stretched and does not shrink. While this does produce high-quality material, it does increase production costs.

Washing: Most woven fabrics are simple to launder and typically will not shrink or wrinkle. The main exceptions to this are linen and silk, which it may be better to dry-clean.

Durability: Woven fabrics by far outlast most other fabrics such as knits, and this is why so many heavy-duty fabrics are weaves. Examples of woven fabrics include denim, linen, corduroy and tweed.

Does Spotlight also sell other types of fabric?

Yes, as well as woven fabrics, Spotlight also stocks a large collection of knitted fabrics. Knitted fabrics are generally more stretchy than woven fabrics and the stretch means they are less prone to wrinkling too. Woven and knitted fabrics cannot usually be interchanged, so if you are unsure as to which fabric you need, check your pattern for information or ask advice from our sales staff.

Of course, there are special fabrics for sale here at Spotlight too, that are neither woven nor knitted, such as bonded fabrics, imitation leather and vinyl, and other specialty fabrics such as lace, nylon tulle and nets.

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