Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fabric of the week: Butcher cloth

Have you seen a fabric that seems much like linen, but you’re pretty sure it isn’t? If you are interested in vintage clothing you will see this fabric regularly. From the VFG Fabric Resource:
Butcher cloth 
Butcher cloth is rayon or rayon/cotton, spun and woven to resemble linen with linen-like slubs. Butcher cloth used to be called butcher linen, but that is no longer correct according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. 
Uses: Dresses, suits, skirts 
See also:
 Butcher linen, Linen

Machine-embroidered butcher cloth
©Vintage Fashion Guild - Text by Margaret Wilds/denisebrain,  photo by Hoyt Carter 

Robin's egg blue butcher linen dress currently in my Etsy shop


Dina@VintageAdvantage said...

Another good one!!! I've seen several items like this and I always described them as "somewhere between linen and burlap" which I knew wasn't quite right!
Thanks for the continuing education :-)

denisebrain said...

Hi Dina, I'm glad this helps! I know I was flummoxed by butcher cloth before I was able to pinpoint the purpose (which is to imitate linen) and name of it.