Fabric by Missy Rose | Woven Fabric

With its classic, crisp finish, impressive breathability and beautiful drape, woven cotton is one of the most versatile and popular fabrics in modern sewing. If you’re looking for a durable, non-stretch and effortlessly stylish material to take your apparel or home decor sewing project to the next level, woven fabric is definitely the right choice. 

Fabric by Missy Rose Australia’s 100% cotton woven fabric is ideal for a variety of sewing projects. 

What are the advantages of woven fabric?

  • Super easy to sew with

    Woven cotton fabric has little to no stretch. It only stretches on the bias, making it great for cutting things on the bias or with bias tape. This makes it easier to work with if you are new to sewing. 

  • Professional and crisp result

    Woven cotton has excellent drape, skirting the body without clinging. Because woven cloth can withstand high heat, it presses well, making it easier to make your completed garment have a crisp, professional finish.

  • Versatile and durable

    Woven cotton fabric is machine washable and durable. The fabric is versatile, breathable and cool to wear. Since cotton is hypoallergenic, it is wonderful for people with sensitive skin. 

What are the disadvantages of woven fabric?

  • Longer time to sew

    The edges of woven cotton fabrics will fray so you need to finish them with a zigzag stitch or serger. Because of this, it naturally takes more time to sew with woven fabric than it does knit fabric. 

  • Requires pre-washing

    You must pre-wash your woven fabric before sewing to avoid shrinkage after you have finished your project. 

  • Not wrinkle-free

    Woven cotton is not wrinkle-resistant so it will need to be ironed to keep its crispness. 

What can woven material be used for?

Woven material is perfect for beginners. If you’re just starting to learn to sew, it’s best to stick with fabrics that won’t slip or stretch when you sew. 

Our woven fabric’s excellent drape makes it ideal for sewing any item of clothing, including blouses, shirts, dresses and circle skirts. A circle skirt made with our medium weight cotton fabric will tent out a little bit, draping nicely without clinging. 

Woven material is also wonderful for quilting and blankets. 

FAQs - Woven Cotton Fabric

  • Do you have any tips for sewing with woven cotton?

    1. If you’re just starting to learn to sew, woven material is the best choice. 

    2. We recommend pre-washing all cotton fabric at least two times to shrink the fibres before you sewing with the fabric. This pre-washing will prevent your new garment from shrinking in the wash.

    3. Always press your cotton fabric. 

  • What is woven cotton fabric and how is a design produced?

    Woven cotton, made from cellulose fibres of a cotton plant that have been spun into threads to create yarn, is a natural fabric, produced by interlacing warp and weft yarns in a crisscross pattern. The two yarns form a tight, basket-like weave, resulting in a sturdy but breathable material. 

    Our woven cotton fabric is composed of 100% cotton. 

  • What weights of woven material are available?

    Choosing your fabric is super exciting. After all, modern sewers have access to an amazing range of patterns. However, it’s vital to choose the correct fabric type and weight to ensure your finished garment looks and feels exactly like you imagine it. 

    When buying the right fabric for your sewing project, it’s crucial to consider:

    1. What your fabric is made of
    2. The thickness of this material
    3. How it behaves with movement

    Our woven cotton fabric comes in 150 GSM or grams per square metre. This means it has a ‘medium weight’ — striking the perfect balance between holding its shape and providing structure when moving and excellent drape. 

  • Woven vs knit fabric — What’s the difference?

    Fabrics come in two major types — woven and knit. When following a sewing tutorial or pattern, it’s important to pay attention to and stick to the family of fabric it recommends. Woven fabrics and knits are not interchangeable as they have completely different characteristics. 

    Aesthetics
    Looking closely at a woven fabric, you will see multiple yarns that criss-cross each other at right angles to form a basket-like grain. In contrast, knit fabric consists of one continuous yarn that loops repeatedly to create what looks like tiny rows of braids. 

    Structure
    Woven fabrics have a more stable structure, compared to knitted fabrics, which have a more elastic structure.

    Stretch
    Generally, woven cloth is non-stretch, with a small amount of stretch on the bias. A knit fabric will stretch easily in all directions. 

    Wrinkle resistance
    Woven cotton fabric is much more prone to wrinkles than knit fabric. 

  • How wide is your woven cotton fabric?

    Our woven cotton fabric is 150 centimetres wide. This makes it wider than most woven pattern recommendations (which typically require a width of at least 114 centimetres). Since you may not need as much fabric as the pattern recommends, this generous width means you’ll likely have plenty of leftover fabric, making it great value for money. 

  • Is woven fabric good for summer?

    Cotton’s breathability makes it ideal for summer. The natural fibres allow air to circulate and move freely through the fabric, making humidity or dry heat more bearable. This fabric absorbs moisture extremely well, dries quickly and can be machine washed without a problem. 

  • What is the best thread for sewing with woven fabric?

    Cotton, cotton-polyester, polyester or silk thread – these threads are perfect for sewing cotton fabric. We recommend looking for a good quality polyester thread for anything that will be washed regularly, as this type of thread is stronger than cotton and provides some stretch. 

  • How do you sew seams and hems with woven cotton?

    When sewing woven fabrics, set the stitch length at 2.0 or 2.5. For cotton cut on the bias, use a short zig-zag stitch. Backstitch to reinforce at the start and end when joining any seams. Since cotton fabric has a tendency to fray, finishing the fabric edges is necessary for a neat finish inside the garment. 

  • What is ease? Will your woven fabric have positive or negative ease?

    Ease is the amount of extra fabric that is built into a sewing pattern to allow the garment to fit comfortably and provide ease of movement. Clothes created with our no-stretch woven fabric and a woven fabric sewing pattern will naturally have positive ease. Positive ease means your finished woven cotton garment will have a relaxed fit, with its dimensions larger than your actual body measurements.