Fabric Descriptions 101
A Description of Viscose Fabric Types
I’ve made a few videos to describe the different types of Viscose Fabrics we stock in the shop. There’s some confusion about what Viscose is and I hope I can clear up some of the questions you might have about it.
Viscose is man made fabric and is also known as Rayon. It is manufactured from regenerated cellulose fibre and the raw material for viscose is cellulose, derived mainly from wood pulp (trees are 50% cellulose), which is broken down either mechanically or chemically and reformed into fibres. Viscose takes its name from the viscous liquid, which has a similar colour and fluidity of honey, that is formed midway through the manufacturing process. it was patented in the 1920’s and was known as artificial silk as it can look like silk.
See links below for more info.
Viscose Jersey is the knitted version of this material and usually includes a small amount of Lycra. It is lighter in weight / thinner than Cotton jersey and drapes wonderfully.
Used For: T shirts, tops, Dresses, trousers, jackets, cardigans and skirts. Perfect for smart office wear.
Insider tip: Sew it up like cotton jersey – Use a ballpoint needle and a small zigzag stitch on your regular sewing machine. Use an overlocker/serger if you have one but not essential.
See the bottom of this page for more blog post on fabric types and descriptions.
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Have a lovely week – hope you get some sewing done
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