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23" Wide Unbleached Buckram WLG 172


100% linen, 4.8 oz., 23" wide

Buckram (aka taylors 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. Being 23 inches (58 cm) wide a half yard is enough for most applications. Buckram is a very old fabric and has been used at least since the 17th century and probably well before. This linen made in Ireland 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 The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London in 1742 during a murder trial it was recorded "this Handkerchief was as stiff as Buckram, with Sweat from the Heat of the Place." Hand sewing this fabric would work best using 35/2 off white linen thread.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 16 June, 2016.

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