After using it wrong, laundering it wrong, and choosing the wrong patterns, I figured out something that gave me a major Aha! moment! Rayon spandex fabric. It comes in some of the most beautiful prints, but I wasn’t sure how to use it properly. I’ve sewed several things using rayon spandex, and after some mistakes and successes plus lots of wear and tear, I thought I’d share my pattern suggestions for rayon spandex. (I’ve included several FREE ones!) And some laundry notes too.
Rayon Spandex Fabric Details
First of all, what is rayon spandex? It’s a blend of rayon and spandex! Usually 95% rayon and 5% spandex. It is very lightweight, and usually wrinkle resisted and crease resistant. It has beautiful drape. Rayon spandex usually is 59”-60” wide like most jersey fabrics. It’s very stretchy, usually has 4 way stretch (which means it stretches both vertically and horizontally) and the recovery is great (which means it doesn’t stay stretched out.) It’s soft and supple and forms to your curves. Rayon spandex is quite breathable and feels cool to the touch. It doesn’t pill over time, but does get a little hairy fuzz if you don’t launder it properly. It also can be difficult to hem due to it’s lightweight structure. This is easily remedied with Heat n Bond Soft Stretch.
Rayon Spandex Laundry Instructions
So how do you care for rayon spandex fabric? I would recommend pre-washing it like you plan to launder your finished garment. For me this means washing on cold. I do NOT recommend putting your rayon jersey in the dryer ever. This will immediately cause that little hairy fuzz I mentioned earlier. It doesn’t ruin the fabric, but there’s that fuzz.
Rayon Spandex Fabric Samples
Since rayon spandex comes in such a wide variety of prints (and solids too!) I thought I’d share some of the ones I’ve been loving recently.
Adult Pattern Suggestions for Rayon Spandex
Because of the unique properties of rayon spandex, I would not recommend using it for every pattern. Here are some pattern that I’ve either made using rayon spandex fabric, or know it would work with rayon spandex.
As you can see, a Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns works and is quite drape-y. If I use rayon spandex for this pattern again, I’ll leave off the bottom band and let the fabric drape.
Children’s Pattern Suggestions for Rayon Spandex
The 2 on the left are Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Dress by Peekaboo Pattern Shop and suitable for rayon spandex fabric.
Whew! That’s quite a lot of information about rayon spandex! Leave us a comment now. Have you ever sewn with rayon spandex? Did we forget any information?
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