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Complete Guide to Rayon Spandex Fabric

All you ever wanted to know about rayon spandex fabric from Skirt Fixation.

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.

Black & Peach floral rayon spandex on Amazon

Royal Blue Solid rayon spandex on Amazon

Black & White rayon spandex from JoAnn Fabrics

Printed indigo dye rayon spandex fabric from JoAnn Fabrics

Retro Floral Mauve rayon spandex fabric from Fabric.com

Yarn Dyed Stripes rayon spandex fabric from Fabric.com

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.

Yoga A-line skirt by Jocole

Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns (FREE)

Hampton Hoodie by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Ina Skirt by Pattern Review

Santa Fe top turned dress by Skirt Fixation

Santa Fe Top (or dress!) by Hey June Patterns  See our tutorial for making it into a dress here.

Seattle Skater Skirt by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Seafarer Top made from rayon spandex fabric by Skirt Fixation

Seafarer Top by Sew Much Ado

Renfrew Top by Sewaholic

Easy cheater method of making a shibori dye skirt by Skirt Fixation

Syrah Skirt by Selvage Designs

Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Aurora Leggings by Hey June Patterns

Children’s Pattern Suggestions for Rayon Spandex

Adele 2 Tier Ruffle Skirt by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns   Find our tutorial on how to make it into a dress here.

City Park Tee by Hey June Patterns

Julia Sweater by Compagnie M.

Rayon Jersey fabric and pattern suggestions from Skirt Fixation

The 2 on the left are Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Dress by Peekaboo Pattern Shop  and suitable for rayon spandex fabric.

Rosemary Raglan by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Tilly Circle Skirt by SLPco

Spunky Girl Skater Skirt by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Gretchen Cardigan by Violette Field Threads

Lollipop Leggings by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Monkey Bar Skirt by Hey June Patterns (FREE)

Rachel Dress by ModKid

#106 by Thread Faction

Monet-inspired dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight & Gather

Woodstock Swing Tee by Hey June Patterns (FREE)

All you ever wanted to know about rayon spandex fabric from Skirt Fixation.

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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