This entry does not refer to any specific type of cotton fabric. Rather, it exists to provide further information about unusual types of cotton fibers which are not likely to get entries of their own soon. In particular, I often use the “specialty cotton fabrics” tag for sheer or semi-sheer cottons with an unusual weave, which would most likely have been referred to as one or another type of muslin in the 18th or 19th (or even early 20th) centuries. For more information about historical muslins, see the entries for cotton voile or cotton batiste. For more information on the natural fiber used to make these materials, see the entry Glossary: Cotton Fiber.
For the moment, references to cotton seersucker, a weave with a crinkled texture, will also be listed here. Eventually it may receive its own entry.
- “Cotton” on Wikipedia (Remember to read critically!)
- “The Prewash” by Sarai at The Coletterie
- “Fabric Series: Cotton” by Caitlin at The Coletterie – see the section on voile and batiste
- “A Field Guide to Various Lightweight Cottons” by Gertie at Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing – includes voile, batiste, dotted swiss, gingham, double gauze, and silk/cotton blends.
- “Sewing with Seersucker” by Sarai at The Coletterie
- “Quick Look: Chambray” by Rachel at The Coletterie
For more information about an individual fiber, fabric, or other material, select it on the right side menu for “Fibers, Fabrics, and Materials.” This will bring up all entries which have that tag, including (in most cases) a Glossary post like this one, which will offer a definition of that fiber, fabric, or material, and sometimes also offer useful links to outside sources on working with it. For more general information, visit the core entry for the Glossary: Fibers, Fabrics, and Materials. For a directory of all textile glossary posts, go to the Glossary Table of Contents.
Updated January 10, 2012