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Unbleached Linen Buckram, WLG 172


100% Linen, 27" Wide, 4.8 oz

This buckram is a little heavier than WLG 170. Buckram (aka taylor's linen and interfacing) is used in the lining of garments to keep them stiff and hold their form. It is also used in the body of women's gowns. Buckram is a very old fabric and has been used at least since the 17th century and probably well before. This linen made in Belgium is stiffened with gum and should be used along the button stand and button holes in men's coats, jackets, waistcoats and military regimentals. If interfacing is not used the front of the coat will flop and not hold it's shape especially if metal buttons are being used. In some extant 18th century garments several layers of interfacing is used. After about the 1790s, as tall collars became fashionable, buckram was used to stiffen the collars to hold them erect.

For example in a 1749 sexual offences trial recorded in The Proceedings of the Old Bailey in London, a midwife said "I looked at her shift, it was as stiff as buckram with corrupted matter. She said she had had a strain. A strain indeed". Hand sewing this fabric would work best using 35/2 unbleached linen thread.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 22 August, 2019.

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