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white 100% cotton coutil, pre-washed

Coutil (or Coutille) is woven cloth created specifically for making corsets.[1] It is woven tightly to inhibit penetration of the corset's bones and resist stretching. Coutil has a high cotton content. Cotton has good dimensional stability, or a resistance to stretching, which makes it a good choice for such a stressed garment.

Coutil may be made to be plain (similar to 100% cotton facing), satin, or brocade. It is common for coutil to have a herringbone texture, or a similar woven texture.[2]


  1. ^ Feather Tippetts, Grand Gestures Archived 2009-08-08 at the Wayback Machine, Historical Costume Design, Morgan Hill, California. Retrieved on December 18, 2009
  2. ^ "Coutil/Corseting" Archived 2010-04-24 at the Wayback Machine, Farthingales Fabrics by mail, Retrieved on December 18, 2009