> I was shopping for linen and discovered it comes in different ounce
> weights. Can someone please explain to me what weight is
> for a dress? I certainly don't want it to hang funny. Weights
> were: 3.5 oz, 5.2 oz, 5.5 oz, 5.9 oz, 7.4 oz
Ah Kathrine! You've been to Fabrics-store.com! A great company for
linen. I've been using them for years. And I endorse them highly.
To your question:
The ounce measurement on linen (and wool for that matter) is ounces
of fabric per square yard of fabric. So 3.5 oz weighs 3.5 ounces per
sqyd no matter if you have 60" wide or 20".
3.5 oz is commonly referred to as "handkerchief weight" or "chemise
weight". It is lovely for underdresses, but not thick enough if it's
going to be the only thing you wear. It's pretty see-through.
The 5.x oz weights are "dress weight". They are okay for gowns, but
you will still be able to see through the lighter colours, so be
careful to wear a chemise weight kirtle underneath.
7.4 oz is thick and coarse. I am currently making my lord a doublet
and trews out of this weight. It's opaque.
Fabric-store.com will send you free swatches if you go here: