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Viscose/ Rayon

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What is Viscose/ Rayon Fabric?

Viscose or Rayon (also known as Rayon Challis) is a man-made, woven fabric made from natural fibres.

What can I sew with this fabric?

This fabric drapes beautifully and feels soft and luxurious to the touch. Additionally, it is a lightweight fabric so you will find it makes lovely dresses, skirts, trousers and tops. Below you can see a circle skirt made from Rayon Challis.  Click the photo to be taken to our Circle Skirt Tutorial.

Circle skirt in Rayon Challis, made by Dorte

Circle skirt in Rayon Challis, made by Dorte – click the photo to see our circle skirt tutorial

How do I care for Viscose/ Rayon Fabric?

Machine wash at 30 degrees Celsius.  Select a gentle cycle and a low spin speed.  Woven rayon/viscose fabrics can also be hand washed using warm water and a gentle detergent.  Hang to dry. Iron on a low to medium heat with steam.

Any tips for sewing this fabric?

• Wash before cutting and sewing, to avoid shrinkage.

• Use more pins than you usually would.  This helps to keep the seams together and stop the fabric layers sliding around.

• Try to avoid positioning pinheads over the fabric because they can distort the fabric.

• Additionally, it can be help to tack or baste some seams before sewing them for real, just to check they go together accurately.

We hope you enjoy our lovely range of Viscose/ Rayon fabric – we stock some beautiful prints that range from floral to geometric.

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