What Can I Make With This Fabric?
Rayon is perfect for soft flowing garments, blouses, skirts, dresses, loose-fitting tops etc.. it has an ultra-smooth hand and delicate drape. It is perfect for warm weather, colourfast and breathable.
Whilst Rayon does have some natural stretch, it is not a fabric which will simply bounce back into its original state, for this reason, you should not use it in close fitting garments, and if you want to use it in trousers, stick to baggy patterns, with lots of ease - no one wants to end up with a saggy bottom!
It makes great bedding too, with its silky, fresh feel.
Preparing For Sewing
Prewash your fabric. Rayon can shrink by quite a bit, so it’s imperative that you do this so before you start cutting and sewing. Use a delicate setting on your washing machine and line dry or dry on a low to medium heat in a tumble dryer.
- When preparing to cut out your pattern, use lots of pins and pattern weights - this fabric is slippy!
- Use needles and pins appropriate to lightweight fabrics such as 10/70 sharps.
- Use a new needle to avoid puncturing large holes and creating snags in your fabric.
- Pin everything before sewing, even those who really resist pins when sewing with cotton, find they have to give in when sewing rayon.
- Press carefully, on a low heat and, if possible, inside out.
- Hang your nearly finished garment for 24 hours or more before hemming it. Again, with rayon’s shifting tendencies, you may find that your hem has dropped a surprising amount.
- Rayon is best cared for by washing in cold or warm water and drying on low to medium heat.
- Avoid washing with heavy items such as jeans, or pop in a delicates washing bag to protect the fibres.