Are you ready to branch out beyond sewing with quilting cotton? Last week Jaime shared the details on Sewing with Knit Fabric and today Jessica from Sew Homegrown is here to share the basics of Sewing with Rayon. With designers like Amy Butler launching rayon collections, it’s so tempting to jump into sewing with this gorgeous draping fabric. With just a few basic skills you can sew lovely items in rayon like Jessica’s Anthro-Inspired Headband(above), our Sleep Shorts or the Baby Peasant Blouse or Long Sleeve Peasant Dress. And not to leave out the mamas, how about the Freestyle Hot Mess Mommy Dress or Jessica’s recent Simple Cardi? Read on to get the scoop on Sewing with Rayon and see more rayon-friendly projects to get you started!
Freestyle Hot Mess Mommy Dress
Modern Prairie Dress
Hey Prudent Baby readers! I’m here today to talk to you about rayon.
You can sew rayon using a universal needle (the one that came on your machine), but you will find it easier to use an extra sharp ball point needle – a 75/11 or 80/11.
It is best to use a polyester thread or a poly blend. Poly is similar to rayon and so it works better with it than cotton thread does.
Next let’s talk about care:
okay so I never wash my fabrics first – I am way too impatient for that – BUT with rayon it is a very important thing to do. Rayon is very prone to shrinking and since you are likely making clothing you don’t want those adorable p.j.’s you just spent 3 hrs sewing to shrink up. You can wash it with like colors on cold or warm and tumble dry low. Use an iron on the wrong side on low and test it in a small corner first – you also don’t want to fry those p.j.’s with the iron.
So here’s another thing you’ll have to do – finish the raw edges of your seams.