Rayons

Rayons

Rayon fabric is manufactured from naturally occurring polymers which means that it is considered a semi-synthetic fibre.

Specific types of rayon include viscose, modal and lyocell. Rayon fabric is comfortable to wear and easy to care for, and has a soft, almost slippery feel when touched, similar to silk or satin.

Here at Spotlight, we offer a wide variety of rayon fabrics by the metre, suitable for dressmaking, accessories and craft projects. Rayon can be dyed in every colour imaginable and the range includes plain fabrics as well as elegant, understated designs and colourful, eye-catching patterns.

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Can I purchase woven apparel fabrics at Spotlight?

Yes, you can. Woven fabrics account for a large percentage of all dressmaking and apparel fabrics and we are pleased to be able to offer you a wide choice of these fabrics here at Spotlight. Woven apparel fabrics are available in many weights, fibres, colours and designs, making it easy to find the right fabric for your next sewing project here.

What are the features of woven apparel fabrics?

Woven fabrics are made up of a weft - the yarn going across the width of the fabric - and a warp - the yarn going down the length of the loom. The side of the fabric where the wefts are double-backed to form a non-fraying edge is called the selvedge. There are at least three distinct types of woven fabric, which are:

Plain weave: In plain-weave fabric, the warp and weft are aligned so that they form a simple criss-cross pattern. Plain-weave is strong and hardwearing, so it's used for fashion and furnishing fabrics.

Twill weave: In twill-weave fabric, the crossings of weft and warp are offset to give a diagonal pattern on the fabric surface. This means the fabric is strong, drapes well and is used for jeans, jackets and curtains.

Satin weave: Satin-weave fabrics consist of a complex arrangement of warp and weft threads, which allows longer float threads either across the warp or the weft. The long floats mean the light falling on the yarn doesn't scatter and break up, like on a plain-weave. The reflected light creates a smooth, lustrous (shiny) surface commonly called satin.

What are the advantages of woven apparel fabrics?

Here are some of the main advantages of woven fabrics:

Cost: As in all industries, time and labour have an effect on the cost of items. Woven fabrics are formed on looms and are made to be sturdy. The fabric cannot be stretched and does not shrink. While this does produce high-quality material, it does increase production costs.

Washing: Most woven fabrics are simple to launder and typically will not shrink or wrinkle. The main exceptions to this are linen and silk, which it may be better to dry-clean.

Durability: Woven fabrics by far outlast most other fabrics such as knits, and this is why so many heavy-duty fabrics are weaves. Examples of woven fabrics include denim, linen, corduroy and tweed.

Does Spotlight also sell other types of fabric?

Yes, as well as woven fabrics, Spotlight also stocks a large collection of knitted fabrics. Knitted fabrics are generally more stretchy than woven fabrics and the stretch means they are less prone to wrinkling too. Woven and knitted fabrics cannot usually be interchanged, so if you are unsure as to which fabric you need, check your pattern for information or ask advice from our sales staff.

Of course, there are special fabrics for sale here at Spotlight too, that are neither woven nor knitted, such as bonded fabrics, imitation leather and vinyl, and other specialty fabrics such as lace, nylon tulle and nets.

Can I buy Rayon fabrics at Spotlight?

Yes, you can. Here at Spotlight, we offer a wide variety of rayon fabrics by the metre, suitable for dressmaking, accessories and craft projects. Rayon can be dyed in many colours and the huge range includes plain fabrics as well as elegant, understated designs and colourful, eye-catching patterns.

What is rayon fabric and how is it made?

Rayon fabric is manufactured from naturally occurring polymers. Although it is man-made, it is not a synthetic fibre, which means that it has properties that are similar to other naturally occurring fibres such as cotton or silk. Rayon fabrics are generally soft and drape well, and the high absorbency means that it takes dye well, which means the fabric can be dyed in many fabulous colours. The same absorbency also means that it is a popular fabric for summer clothing. Specific types of rayon include viscose, modal and lyocell. It is also often added to other fibres.

What are the main benefits of rayon fabric?

  • Rayon is comfortable to wear and has a soft, almost slippery feel when touched, similar to silk or satin.
  • Rayon fibres allow air to pass between them, so it makes the fabric breathable.
  • Rayon absorbs moisture more efficiently than cotton, which allows sweat to be absorbed and evaporated quickly on hot days.
  • Rayon is produced from renewable plants such as beech trees, pine trees, and bamboo which means it can be considered eco-friendly.

What are the disadvantages of rayon?

Although rayon has many benefits, it is considered a delicate material and some rayon clothing has to be dry-cleaned. Other rayon fabrics can be washed by hand or on a cold cycle in the machine. Tumble drying is not recommended unless your tumble dryer has a very cool setting. Rayon can stretch or shrink if the right laundering settings or procedures are not used.

What else can rayon be used for?

Rayon is also a popular fabric for making curtains, because it is lightweight and drapes well. To avoid shrinkage, it is recommended to wash the fabric before sewing. As the fabric is quite delicate, it is advisable to use a thin needle and a slightly smaller stitch on your machine. Don’t pull the fabric too much as rayon can stretch, and this will leave you with crooked seams.

Does Spotlight sell other fabrics too?

Yes, as well as rayon, you will find a huge collection of man-made and natural fabrics here at Spotlight, for use in everything from dressmaking to crafts, interior design to costume making and much more. All fabrics except a small number of pre-cut items (ideal for small projects and quilting) all our fabrics are sold by the metre. Please check individual product details for the width of each material, and the different colours on offer.

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