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. Note the weights just to see which are better for your desired garment. To compare, one of our regular cottons is about 4oz/square yard. The pictures are not helpful, as they don't show against the screen. Simply order from the list below. If you have more questions, please contact me and I'll be happy to lend a hand.
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 as they are more opaque. 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 3.5oz Excellent for shirts and blouses and heavier than the tropical breeze
PC194-B White birds eye pique in dacron/cotton blend. 3oz. Really nice for slips and any other general use
P1-A White 100% polyester. 3 oz. Good for slips for those who prefer all poly content
Batiste and Nainsook: These are the lightest fabrics we carry and are mostly used for bloomers, slips, pantaloons in warm weather. If you use them for any other garment you will need to wear something underneath as they are not fully opaque. They have a similar weight. Batiste has a tighter weave than Nainsook. Nainsook is wonderful in heavy heat.
C73-B White cotton batiste 2.5oz. Best for underclothing and somewhat sheer
C88-A White cotton nainsook 2.5oz. Best for underclothing and somewhat sheer
Muslin and Flannel: These are the staples. Use them for slips, bloomers, pinafores etc. The muslins are a good year round weight. Flannel is bought in white, cream or natural and black. I always have either white or cream in stock. Please specify if you have a preference and I'll fill it if I happen to have both.
C12-A True white cotton muslin. 4oz. All purpose underclothing and old fashioned pinafores
C240-A Warm white muslin. 4oz. A very subtle off white. All purpose underclothing and old fashioned pinafores
C33-A Natural, unbleached muslin. 4oz. All purpose underclothing and pinafores
FL6-A White or cream cotton flannel--what we have in stock varies based on availability. 4.5oz. Best for winter underclothing
Clothing cottons: The other whites on this page are general use fabrics for blouses and other standard items. I also keep in stock many different cream colored fabrics for making pinafores in order to best match fabrics. Most often I'll simply choose one of these for you when making a dress set. Please just ask if you have any questions. On our organics page, you will also find a few light solids.
C31-A White solid cotton. 4.3oz. Our all purpose cotton.
C16-B Warm white solid in organic cotton. 4.3 oz. GOTS certified
C300-A Snow solid cotton. 4.3 oz. Our all purpose cotton
C123-A White solid poplin. 3.5 oz. A crisp, tightly woven cotton that's great for shirts and blouses. Slightly lighter than our all purpose cottons.
C264-B 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 will need a layer underneath as this is sheer.
C269-B White cotton seersucker 3.5oz. Our very favorite fabric for girl's peasant/raglan tops.
C313-B White cotton heavier birds eye pique. 6oz. A good hefty weight. Too heavy for any garment with a collar