Double Gauze – You NEED This In Your Life

Double Gauze Dress ii

There’s nothing like a week in the sun to reveal which of your makes really work. Let me tell you, double gauze is my friend and you should make it yours. Above and below are my two winning holiday outfits, both made from double gauze. The dress is Simplicity 1882 and I blogged about the Ginger skirt here. Each were photographed after these items were unpacked and left unironed. Not bad, I reckon. As low maintenance as outfits can come. The fabric is cool, breathable and extramundo flattering. It also has a ‘spring’ to it that suits a few creases here and there. A bit like linen, but without the potential to turn you into an OCD freak when ironing.

Double gauze isn’t cheap, but it’s definitely worth the investment. Go on, treat yourself! You can find supplies at Etsy or here, here and here. You can see other makes with double gauze here, here and here.

Double Gauze Skirt

There’s a story behind the pristine white blouse. After this photo was taken, we went for dinner and I ordered meat balls with tomato sauce. ‘It will be a miracle if I eat this without spilling something on my new top,’ I said. No kidding. I managed to dip my left nipple straight into the bright red tomato sauce. In a panic, I patted the stain with a damp napkin. A blossoming, watery orb spread across my breast. ‘Now, you look as though you’re breast feeding and have milk leakage,’ my mum informed me. Great, I thought. The 43-year-old childless woman has imaginary leaking breast milk and a tomato-red stain to her left nipple. I wanted to hurl myself into the ocean below, but instinctively knew I’d make a mess of that, too. So instead, I turned to my ice-cream.

I wish I could say that the above embarrassment is untypical for me. But it’s not. Do yourself a favour – don’t eat meatballs when you’re wearing white.

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52 Responses to Double Gauze – You NEED This In Your Life

  1. annabelvita says:

    I never ever wear white for this very reason! (I’ll be wearing a white dress to get married in a month and am considering a giant bib)

    • I managed to spill coffee down the bodice of my wedding dress and had to suffer the indignity of standing in the ladies loo with my mum’s hand up my dress, revealing my special fancy wedding knickers to the world, while she dabbed at the stain with numerous wet hand towels. By this point I was squiffy enough not to care too much. I highly recommend a plastic rain poncho when eating …

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I love double gauze too! Great minds. Your story is so funny. Sorry.

  3. Tee says:

    you’ve got me LOL!

  4. Béa says:

    I’m so glad it’s not just me that embarrasses themselves in restaurants!

    Your holiday looks wonderful- I’m so glad someone’s getting lots of sunshine!

  5. Jenny says:

    I had to giggle out loud when I read your story about the sauce. oh my goodness ~ too funny! I’m sorry – I can totally see myself doing something like that! I love your dress and the Ginger skirt. I’m working on my first Ginger now – but my fabric is a bit stiff – odd, since it’s linen but we’ll see how it turns out. I think I’ll take a look at double gauze now that you’ve reviewed it ~ thanks!

  6. sylkotwist says:

    In these situations one can only double dip and make it a design feature! You look really well and thanks for top tip x

  7. No way are you 43?!?! Typo surely?

  8. Jane says:

    I agree whole heartedly with everything you’ve said about double gauze – I LOVE it! And your holiday outfits are a triumph, I wish I’d nabbed some of the fabric you made your Ginger skirt from whilst I had the chance – it seems to be unavailable now, doh.
    Ah yes, tomato sauce and white things – you’re not alone Karen, it’s a foregone conclusion where I’m concerned too! Your story really made me laugh! x

  9. Janice Westbrook says:

    Too funny, next time ask the waiter to bring club soda to rinse out the tomato stain.

  10. I actually wrote a love letter to double gauze one… It went like this, if I remember correctly: ‘Double gauze, even though you fray like crazy, I still love you’.

    I’m no stranger to spilling either by the way. Back when I still regularly worked with paint or ink I had no stain-free clothes, and my floor is still covered in paint in some places. I even have a pair of pants with a brightly coloured butt from sitting down onto a paint palette!

  11. Christine says:

    Sorry, couldn’t help noticing as well as gorgeous clothes, that you were – well, brown. And that the sky was blue. And that you weren’t wearing a cardie. ENVY

  12. shivani says:

    this is the very reason I don’t own white clothes (apart from the odd white vest for layering). Love the holiday outfits – the skirt looks so fab with your tan! I do have some double guaze in my stash, but have long wondered how to use it, so thanks for this post!

  13. Those boob in tomatoe sauce moments…you see them coming but somehow are unable to prevent them.
    BTW, I spy on the Guardian website that you’re one of their new fashion bloggers, bigging up the world of dressmaking? Is this true? If so, amazing news! You’ll do lots of exciting things with this new platform, I’m sure. Congrats!!

  14. What you need when eating Italian food is an Adult Bib…

    BASIC INSTRUCTIONS: They are easy to make. Use two matching pieces of fabric 30 inches long by about 12 to 14 inches wide. On the back of a piece of one of the fabrics, draw a 6 inch circle for the neckline, about 3 inched down, which you have centered from the side edges. Cut the back tab in the center. Put the two wrong sides outwards. Use the side that you drew the circle on for your sewing line. Sew around the two pieces of fabric leaving an opening to turn the fabric. Can round off the corners or leave them as is. Turn to the right side through the 3 inch opening. Top stitch all around the edges, closing the opening you left for turning inside out. Turn up 2 to 3 inches on the bottom and sew in place on the side edges, which will form a pocket, which gives them the “Crumb Catchers” name… Use Velcroe or hooks or buttonholes and buttons to close the back tabs, whatever your heart desires. The 2nd fabric you use on the back will show across thepocket on bottom of the adult bib.

    They are not just for Senior Citizens. Keep one in your pocketbook and take it out when needed when going to a restaurant. Saves many a dress or blouse from food drippings of all kinds…

  15. Jen (NY) says:

    Akkkk. Tomato sauce. Curry something or other. Chocolate sauce. How many tops have I ruined that way? I don’t even know. I now try to keep some dishwashing liquid nearby. Managed to get pad-thai oil out of a very expensive white dress shirt recently.

  16. meggameuf says:

    That’s one reason I don’t wear my fancy makes, boobs protruding further than is good for them… I have one meter of double gauze. I’m not sure how to handle it, I’m guessing its got the worst of both chiffon and silk. The shop didn’t even manage to cut my meter in a straight line so I don’t know what that means for my chances.

  17. Ginny says:

    Ha, that’s why I don’t wear white. I’m such a slop when I eat. I accidentally bought some double gauze that I just used for a dress for my daughter. It was from a place where the rolls are stacked floor to ceiling and everything in the room is £1/m. You grab it and buy it and figure out what it is later! The print was cute so I got a metre. I wish I’d bought more! I just hope they have some left next time I go.

    • Sweetpeagreen says:

      That sounds like it could be Immanuel Fabrics? I’m trying to decide if it’s worth a trip over from Wakefield/Leeds area

      • Ginny says:

        That would be the one! It depends what you’re after really as their stock varies so much and has a quick turnaround- there’ll be something different in there every week and then you’ll never see it again. The majority is curtain and upholstery fabrics but they have a lot of dressmaking fabric too. The old church hall is packed floor to ceiling and it’s all £1/m, and most other fabrics are £2-3. I’ve bought a lot of suiting weight wool blends there at £2/m. I think the most expensive fabrics are the silks at about £6/m. Definitely worth a trip out but allow yourself plenty of time and go with an open mind- you really can’t go in looking for anything specific due to the nature of the stock!

        I go every couple of months when I’m down that way visiting family and always come away with a good 15m or so for under twenty quid. And the good news is they’ve just started opening 6 days a week instead of 2!

  18. LinB says:

    I agree with sylkotwist: this is one occasion when double-dipping is allowed. At least you didn’t let your hair fall into the plate … .

  19. Tilly says:

    I’m cooking meatballs in tomato sauce as I read this, in fact. Luckily I’m wearing red – yes I sometimes plan my outfits around my dinner, what of it?

    Where ARE you, BTW Karen? It looks so gorgeous!!! Hope you’re having a lovely time xxx

  20. tracy young says:

    Your holiday looks fab, as does your wardrobe! Oops tomato sauce, I bet you wore it well though!

  21. Leila says:

    I’ve been thinking about double gauze a lot lately cos of Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow. It’s a must fabric.

  22. Portia says:

    Oh my word Karen, you make me laugh! Not least because you manage to put into words EXACTLY the sort of thing I would do. J will often suggest I change into an old top before we have spag bog!
    I wish I was out in the sun with ya!

  23. Gjeometry says:

    These outfits look just stunning on you! And, obviously, you must know the rule (wear white, spill something red on it). I ONLY wear red when out for pasta now. I actually had no idea what double gauze was, so must take a look at it now at my local fabric shop. Oh, and the OCD in me says “I am not an animal…I am a human being…..” to your ‘freak’ comment. LOL. 🙂

  24. corinne says:

    I have two options for the food problem. I wear sweater sets in the winter. If I dribble on the shell, I go to the ladies. blot off what I can, then spin it around so that the back is now the,front. Most times I can rescue the stained piece. If not, I wear the backwards piece until it becomes stained! My absolute favorite is a gauze-like scarf…in food blending colors. Appropriate in all seasons, it has saved many an outfit. A bib of sorts but a wee bit more posh.

  25. Rochelle New says:

    I’m kicking myself for not buying any Nani Iro before I left my job at the fabric shop. …I could have used my discount!! Waaaaahhhh! Oh well. Guess I better stop being so cheap, because you’re right, it is totally worth it! 🙂

  26. SewRuthie says:

    uncannily familiar, except I am 42. BF dissauded me from purchasing an ivory travel shirt on the basis that i would stain it on the first day, sadly I agreed and bought the red one instead!

  27. I hope you got the stain out! Tomatoes are the worst on white tops! Ask me how I know :/ But lovely makes and I have a HOARD of white double gauze in my stash. As to why it is in my stash and not made up in my wardrobe, refer previous sentence…

  28. Paola says:

    Thanks for the links for double gauze supplies. I’ve been searching for this fabric for yonks, but it is proving a bit elusive in this part of the world. I don’t know why.
    Tomato stains have a supernatural way of finding themselves on my chest all the time. A spell in the sunshine after washing normally deals with them.

  29. CGCouture says:

    Oh man, I sympathize. I bought a golf shirt a few a couple of years ago that was white–it’s maiden voyage saw it permanently stained by chili cheese dog. 🙁 I still wear it though, because the stain *mostly* came out in the wash (and I try not to let people stare that hard directly at my chest.) 😉

  30. Linda says:

    I happened upon your blog and this made me laugh out loud. It reminded me of a trip to Niagara Falls I took with my husband after he returned from the Gulf War. We were heading to dinner one night at a very upscale restaurant and he decided we should walk and it had been raining earlier in the day. We took a short cut down a hill and I slid in mud, took a tumble and my entire chest was covered with mud. I had a rain coat on but it had not been zipped. So, I went inside the restaurant (mortified) slipped into the bathroom and turned my muddy white shirt around so that the mud was in back. I had to leave my coat on.

  31. Michelle says:

    Great makes! And look at you and you lovely holiday tan. Bugger about the red sauce nipple incident though (that’s something I would totally do too)

  32. EmSewCrazy says:

    BAHAAHAHAHAHAA!! I’ve come to the point where I expect to spill if I’m wearing white. 🙂 Hope the stain comes out. Love that first dress!

  33. In my (Italian-dominated) household, there’s a very good reason why we have very large table napkins that we tie around our necks. 🙂

  34. Ha! I am currently travelling too, I wore my white Sorbetto out last night and promptly splashed pasta sauce on it, typical!

  35. Elle says:

    Sorry–but not really–to be laughing at your expense, but what a hilarious description! And then the double-dipping addition! Made my day–except for the reminder of all the tops I now have to wear front-to-back myself.

  36. Thank you for that giggle! Soooooo glad I’m not the only one who does that. Your outfits look so good, and you look like you’re having a relaxing time. Sigh!

  37. Roobeedoo says:

    Oh now you know I have been trying not to buy any new fabric, you wicked temptress! All kinds of loveliness! So sorry about your tomato-guzzling imaginary baby. I hope your top is able to be saved. This is why you need a shawl – it can be draped artily over most stains 😉

  38. KathleenS says:

    I think you’re leading us all astray Karen. On the other hand you are probably also helping 5 metres of pyjama flannel out of my stash so I guess I’ll forgive you. I’m not sure I know what double gauze is. Is it stiff like organza? Look pretty in the pictures though! Fabric!

  39. barbedwords says:

    The Ginger skirt is so gorgeous I’m sure it distracted from any boob stainage issues. I’m definitely in the ‘never wear white, always carry a scarf’ camp, makes life so much easier!

  40. alexandra says:

    well done, the garments look great!
    and being greek, i’m also glad you enjoyed your holiday in Skiathos! i suggest Santorini and a few more double gauge garments for next summer!

  41. Philipppa says:

    Hopefully this will help. I am 42 nearly 43 and regularly dip my boobs into my dinner or drip pasta sauce on to my top, to the extent where if I have prepared it at home I keep my apron on while I eat (needless to say, I never spill it then)!

  42. zora read says:

    I have this pattern, not made up yet though. Having seen how good it looks on you I will dig it out and make it up

  43. Double gauze is such a treat and often overlooked, I especially like the drama of your dress combined with the practicality of deep pockets. I have put a link to your post on a recent post featuring double gauze- I hope that is OK, please let me know if not

  44. Oh my god. Seriously can’t stop laughing. This is so like me. I mean really. tears. slumping from laughter. I gave up wearing white pants because I think they become magnetized. suck, suck. stick. Every fleck of possible dirt that could exist, finds its way to me like it has a homing device. The other day I was wearing my cute Marcy Tilton crop cardi and managed to dip the tip of it in my coffee. No cardi, you are not a doughnut. It was kind of a “Mindy Project moment” because then, the only way I could think to clean it was to put it in my mouth. My coworker said, “why are you eating the hem of your sweater? Um, well… For god’s sake, how can one maintain a sense of dignity and respect with coffee stained sweater tips? Then, I nearly did it to the other. It was time to go home then.

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