|Sinister Swarm Rayon in Tangerine by Anna Maria Horner|
So what is rayon fabric?
Rayon! It’s a semi-synthetic miracle fabric. Made from wood pulp, it’s washable and soft, with great drape – a great choice for garments. It’s one of Rae Hoekstra‘s top five favorite fabrics for clothing. If you are looking for a bit more in depth information, Anna Maria Horner has some nice posts about Rayon: this one is about how it appears, and this one is about how it washes. It would make a lovely Made by Rae Washi Dress!
|Coordinates Rayon in Cyprus by Anna Maria Horner|
The care is easy – wash it in cold water on the delicate cycle, hang to dry, or use a low heat dryer setting, and iron at a medium setting (Anna Maria Horner recommends the wool setting.)
|Flora Rayon in Berry by Annette Tatum|
If you’ve worked with cotton voile, or lawns, it’s fairly similar in its texture: silky smooth with a little bit of shine, a fairly dressy fabric. But it’s a heavier weight, making it also perfect for skirts and dresses, as well as shirts. And it comes as a 58″ fabric – so you get a lot for your money!
And what should we make with it? It’s a fabric primarily intended for garments. Flowy, drapey garments! Here are a few suggestions from our apparel patterns:
|Weekend Getaway blouse and dress by Liesl and Co.|
|The Date Night Dress by April Rhodes|
|Washi Dress Pattern by Rae Hoekstra|
I hope you’re inspired to try this exciting fabric in a garment for yourself!