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Coutil is a fabric that has been designed specifically for building
corsets. It is high in cotton content, tightly
woven to inhibit penetration of bones/stays and
is not inclined to stretch. It
has a smooth finish
and is comfortable when worn close to the skin though
the wearing of a chemise is
Coutil comes in plain, satin or
brocade, and we stock
all types in black and white. White tends to dye beautifully.
Fiber content of our coutil is either 100% cotton or a cotton viscose
and satins. Why use bulky twill when you can use the real
Coutil can be soft, stiff or medium, and this characteristic is determined
by “finishing process”. This is a starching process that the
fabric goes through to change the feel of the fabric. Unfinished
coutil is soft and easily dyed, the more starch the stiffer the coutil
more likely it is to change after washing and to dye unevenly. Finishing
processors in the USA and in the UK are dwindling in numbers and
the quality of finishes available is also deteriorating. The fabric
is still the same
quality, it's just the starched finish is no longer what it was.
Washing coutil removes the starched finish and it is the starched finish that keeps the fabric from stretching and helps retain its new appearance.
All coutil is 54” wide (approx.)