Broderie anglaise(French, "Englishembroidery") is a whitework needlework technique incorporating features ofembroidery, cutwork and needle lace that became associated with England, due to its popularity here in the 19th century. Cutwork is is a type of needle work that is composed of round or oval holes cut out of the fabric and decoratively overstitched.
Once reserved for white fabric we now have a range of embroidered fabrics on different coloured bases.
This fabric has all the properties of a lightweight cotton- soft with some drape, although the embroidery adds a touch of structure to the fabric. It is perfect for spring and summer garments.
You can find tips for working with this fabric in this blog by Sue.