Viscose fabric: what it is, characteristics and lots of sewing patterns

29 September, 2023

Viscose fabric, also commonly known as rayon, is a softflowing fabric with spectacular drape, perfect for sewing dresses and blouses. At Katia Fabrics, you can find viscose fabrics in plain colors and unique prints. Viscose is an incredibly special 100% viscose fabric that you’ll fall in love with when you try it, it is easy to sew and wonderfully soft to the touch. This fall and winter are a new opportunity to let your creativity run wild. What better way to do this than with viscose fabrics and the new sewing patterns by Katia Fabrics? This season, dive into the softness, versatility, and elegance of viscose fabrics.

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What is viscose?

Viscose is a semi-synthetic fabric without any elasticity. Despite its similar appearance and feel to natural fibers like cotton or silk, viscose is produced with natural materials, like plant-based cellulose.

Also, at Katia Fabrics we have a sustainable viscose fabric called Ecoviscose. This fabric includes the Ecovero eco-label. Its fibers are obtained from sustainable wood and cellulose from certified and controlled sources.

Viscose characteristics

This fabric is really versatile, has a lot of drape, and is a good option to use both alone and combined with other fabrics. Like Linen Viscose Slub, a fabric composed of linen and viscose.

One of viscose’s most surprising features is its ability to absorb and release moisture. This means it’ll keep you warm in winter without feeling stifled and cool in summer without overheating. Perfect, right?

Tips for sewing viscose

Following these tips, you’ll be able to sew viscose effectively and create beautiful garments with this soft and flowy fabric.

  1. Use suitable needles:Use a shark thin needle, like a universal needle or an 80/12 needle for thin fabrics.
  2. Pre-wash the fabric:Viscose can shrink after washing, so it’s important to wash it before cutting and sewing to keep the garment from turning out too small after its first wash.
  3. Cut with care:Use sharp scissors or a rotary cutter to cut the fabric precisely. Make sure that the fabric is on a large enough flat surface to be able to cut the pieces comfortably.
  4. Test out a scrap:Before sewing the main pieces, test with a scrap of viscose fabric to adjust the length and tension of the stitch. Use a medium-length straight stitch to sew the main seams. If necessary, you can use a zigzag stitch to finish off the edges or keep them from fraying.
  5. Iron with care:Use an iron at a low temperature and place a damp cloth in between the iron and the fabric to avoid damaging it. Viscose can wrinkle easily, so it’s important to iron it carefully. 

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Viscose fabric: a world of possibilities

This fabrics is ideal for blouses, dresses, and pants. Its versatility will allow you to make pieces that will take you from day to night easily, while remaining elegant and sophisticated. Combine different colors and prints to create a handmade wardrobe for you and your little ones.

To take your sewing projects to the next level, take a look at our 2023/2024 Fall-Winter Textures sewing pattern magazine. In this edition, you’ll find children’s dresses made with print viscose, a beautiful women’s shirt dress with twill viscose or an elegant women’s romper with a pretty print ecoviscose.

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If you’re looking for sewing projects for viscose fabric you might also be interested in: