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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

Yarn Dyed Stripes rayon spandex fabric from

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.

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1900s Skirts – Skirt FACTSination

A post about 1900s skirts

So I have been really fascinated by skirts from in the early 1900’s, which was when women really started wearing skirts as an alternative to dresses. Dresses were still the main item of wear for the rich and prosperous, but skirts were a staple for the middleclass. Black and dark or sober colors were dominant for skirts, and actually, the prettiest skirts of the era were the ones that nobody saw. They weren’t skirts, they were petticoats, and here is an example.

1900s skirts

Can you believe that this is SILK?!?! I know! I cannot believe that they had the willpower to hide these gorgeous creations! I mean, just look at the adorable pattern and the layers of ruffles. Anyway, enough of my ranting. Here is one example of an outfit that covered up an amazing petticoat.

1900s skirt

I know, pretty too, but just not up to the petticoat’s level.

1900s skirt Here’s another example from 1904. I like the waist detail and satin ribbon on the bottom of this skirt. These two examples are both real preserved 1900s fashions that I found on Pinterest.

1900s skirt Here’s a picture of three sisters from this era. I love their skirts, just look at the detailing on the girl on the right’s skirt, which is like the skirt above.

1900s skirt

Skirts were also used as sporting clothes. Here’s an old drawing of a golfing suit for a woman. This suit is made of plaid fabric, with accents around the hem. The style of this is interesting to me, as a designer, because of the large pockets, the apparently same material for the belt, collar, and hem, and the use of a cap. (Essentially a menswear item.)

Well, if you liked this Skirt Factsination post about vintage 1900s skirts, you should go check out our Vintage Skirt Love board on Pinterest.

Always be Exciting,


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Wrap Skirts – Skirt FACTSination

Wrap skirt for a walk on the beach!

Today we are going to tell you about a skirt called the wrap skirt. A wrap skirt is a type of skirt that wraps around the waist and is secured by tying, buttoning, ECT, ECT. The wrapping will normally overlap so that any leg movement will not reveal the body. Normally soft fabrics are used for this kind of skirt but heavier fabrics such as denim or canvas have made them. There is more than one kind of wrap skirt, there is a sarong/sari, or there is just a wrap skirt. Sarongs are traditional for women to wear in India. Sarong style skirts are often worn over bathing suits, or as a type of swimwear. They can be any length but when used as beach wear, they are almost always made out of very soft material depicting floral or rainforest patterns. The wrap skirt became widely fashionable during the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Most of them are ankle length though some fall just below the knee. They were often made of batiste, a type of soft cotton used in baby clothing. One nice thing about the wrap skirt is that is fits almost any one and if it doesn’t you can make it fit! These skirts are often worn in the west. Once I saw someone wearing a wrap skirt that was a really cool pattern and I now wish that I had gotten a picture of it because the pattern was beautiful. I found a couple skirts and items that I would wear with them.

cowgirl wrap skirt

#1. The cowgirls wrap skirt. I love this skirt and this one is my favorite of the three.  I love the style, how it is gathered in front with a decorative pin.

Pretty with a brown wrap skirt.

For a shirt I thought about a denim shirt with a leather vest but I changed my mind when I saw this shirt.  Just look at those ruffles!

Look great with a wrap skirt!

These boots give the skirt some good color, and although the shirt and boots are more colorful than the skirt, the first thing that you see is the skirt.  That is so awesome when you find skirt like that!

Wrap skirt for fall

#2. Fall in the country.  Look at all the colors there, the skirt is so descriptive of fall that I didn’t have any trouble picking out the sweater and shoes!

Looks good with a wrap skirt.Good with a wrap skirt!I decided to match this skirt with a green sweater, and bronze colored sandals.  Some fall days are like that aren’t they!

Wrap skirt for a walk on the beach!

#3. The beach skirt. I mean, you put on a skirt like this and you can almost hear the waves calling you to come!

Great with a wrap skirt!ShoesThis skirt I matched with an awesome ruffled white shirt, and gold colored sandals. This is the ideal outfit for a walk on the beach!

Well, that’s today’s Skirt Factsination!  Let us know in the comment section about your favorite wrap skirt.

Get flirty with skirts,


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Skirt Suits – Skirt FACTSination

A classy skirt suit

For today’s Skirt Factsination post, we have decided to feature Skirt Suits! Also known as power suits, these feminine versions of the classic male suit combine a tailored suit jacket with a pencil skirt to make a chic ensemble for a businesswoman.  Pretty much, something every business woman has to have, but endless variations are possible, which is more that can be said for a man’s suit…they only have a few options to vary.  So even though every business woman has one, each one is unique and can be personalized in a variety of ways, as you will see as we go through the four we choose to feature today.

skirt suit

1. This is the classic skirt suit; a two-buttoned plain jacket, not-too-tight pencil skirt, and a chic understated pair of heels. Often this classic plain kind of skirt suit can be used to maximize your shoes! Try a bright colored or patterned pair of heels, or go for something a little higher to add a bit of pop to your otherwise plain suit!

skirt suit

2. This skirt suit stirs things up a little with a more form-fitting pencil skirt, and a unique jacket. The jacket has three buttons, an asymmetrical kind of closure, and an almost fluffy round neck. Some classic heels in a contrasting color are a good choice to go with this kind of outfit.  A scarf would also fit nicely in that rounded neck and add more personalization.

skirt suit

3. An exciting choice, this skirt suit has a classic jacket, and a very unique skirt. The fabric on the skirt is sewn in layers, with one half of the front being folded up to present an eye-catching look. This suit is a great choice for those days that you just want to show off your skirt! Similar-colored pointed pumps are paired with this suit on the model.  This suit could definitely leave the office and go out on the town, so keep in mind evening engagements when picking out your suit in the morning!

A classy skirt suit

4. Ah yes, my favorite! Whereas the other three suits are all in the same color and fabric, this gorgeous number has a pale pink wool felt-like jacket  (love pink!) with a faux-leather skirt that is awesomely divided into four panels. The three buttons on the jacket really tie this together, and I love the gloves, which are super chic! I would personally wear pink shoes, but you know me, pink pink pink all the time!

Leave us a comment if you are a snazzy businesswoman and love your power suits, or just a power-suit loving skirt girl 😉

Always be Exciting,


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Skirt FACTSination – Wedding Skirts

lace wedding skirt

We are so excited about today’s Skirt Factsination post! Yes, we know that the wedding dress is traditional, but being all about skirts like we are, we thought that we might jazz up the tradition, and feature some wedding skirts!!! We found four wedding skirts on Pinterest, and two bonus bridesmaid and flower girl skirts!

wedding skirt

1. The Bustier Wedding Skirt.

This skirt is so feminine and soft, and we love the wide satin sash at the waist. We would pair this skirt with a different shirt, something lacy with cap sleeves…? We adore the flowyness of this wedding skirt.

lace and tulle wedding skirt

2. The Sheer Lace Wedding Skirt.

Oooooh! This skirt is sooo adorable with a lace underskirt that is barely covered by a soft layer of tulle. The two layers make an almost mystical look for a blushing bride! If I was getting married in this skirt, I would wear a cream-colored peasant blouse paired with the skirt. Check out the adorable waist detail – whatta skirt!

ruffled wedding skirt

3. The Ruffled Wedding Skirt.

The focal point is all about the skirt with this wedding outfit! The black belt and simple v-neck tee compliment the diagonal layers of sheer ruffles. The skirt is also unique in that the skirt only puffs out slightly at the bottom, giving it a bit of edge.

lace wedding skirt

4. The Floral Lace Wedding Skirt.

We cannot get enough of this gorgeous skirt! It has the opposite effect of skirt #2, because the lace is covering the tulle instead of vice versa. The lace has floral details all around the bottom, a beautiful train, and tiny black bead sewn onto the flowers!

bridesmaid skirt

5. The Bridesmaid Pencil Skirt.

This cute skirt is beautiful but understated enough to not outshine the bride! This skirt would be very cute with a colored silk top.

flower girl skirt

6. The Flower Girl Skirt.

An adorable little number, this skirt would be sure to make any tiny flower girl happy! The layers of tulle are classic and pretty, and the satin waistband is complementary and cute.

Well, now I know pretty much what my wedding will be like! I only have to choose between the four wedding skirts! SIGH!!

Always be Exciting,


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Skirt FACTSination – Cotton History – Fabric Series

cotton history

Cotton History and General Information

I guess that I’ve put this Fabric: Cotton, post off because cotton is so common. However, cotton is very easy to sew with, so I had better just do it. First a little cotton history and information!  Cotton is a staple fiber that grows in a boll, and is spun into yarn or thread to make a soft, breathable fabric. Cotton is native to tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world, and Cotton was independantly domesticated in the Old and New Worlds. Cotton has even been found in Mexico and the Indus Valley civilization. The cost of production was lowered by the invention of the cotton gin, and 110 million bales are used in world production annually!

Examples of Cotton Skirts

We found three lovely cotton skirts on Pinterest for your enjoyment, and since there are all types of cotton skirts, we picked three of our favorites.

cotton history

1.  The blue and cream cotton skirt.

This is just about the perfect summer skirt, easy, breezy, and cute as all get out! It is lovely to wear to the beach, a tea party, or anywhere else that you have to go in warm weather! We would love to wear this with some espadrilles, a light tee, and a big floppy straw hat!

cotton skirt

2.  The blue dyed cotton skirt.

This is a beautiful midi skirt, and just topping for summer. (Yay for british slang words!) We adore wearing skirts like this with flip-flops and sunglasses for a cool and beachy summer look.

asymmetrical zipper

  • 3.  The military green cotton skirt.

We love the color and the fun-ness of this skirt! It is a bit short for our liking, but we know how to lengthen things at SkirtFixation, and who can resist big pockets, big zippers, and soft belts? Not us!

Well, sorry about the summer skirts in December, but cotton is not exactly a winter fabric, and I shouldn’t have waited so long to do this post, but oh well! We can just pretend we’re in Hawaii, enjoying a little cotton history, watching the waves as a breeze plays along the hem of our cotton skirt!  There are so many cotton skirts out there, surely you can leave us a comment telling us about one of yours!

Always be Exciting,


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Skirt FACTSination: Wool History: Fabric Series

wool history

To continue our ‘Fabric’ series, today’s Skirt Factsination post is titled Fabric: Wool. Wool history is hard to track down since wool has been around as long as animals have!  Wool is a fiber that we most commonly associate with coming from sheep, but can come from many different animals. For example; cashmere and mohair from goats, qiviut from musk oxen, angora from rabbits, etc, etc. Wool is special because it is crimped, elastic, and grows in clusters. These qualities make it easy to spin, and make the finished products retain heat and have a larger bulk than other fabrics. This makes wool a great winter skirt fabric! Other kinds of fabric also come from wool, such as felt and tweed. We found four great wool skirts on Pinterest that we wish we had now – its been snowing lately!

wool history

1.  The wool maxi skirt.

Tartan and plaid seem to be trends on wool skirts, possibly stemming from kilts………..??? Anyway, this is a really cute skirt, looks very holiday/wintery without looking so ‘Christmasy’ that you can’t wear it at any other time 🙂 We love maxi skirts, and wool ones are the best! I think that this would be cute with a red sweater and black boots for the holidays.

wool history

2.  The wool midi skirt.

Yep, you know me, I had to add one vintage skirt 🙂 Gray also seems to be a trend among wool skirts, and I love the style on this very chicly vintage skirt! I feels kind of sailorish to me, what with the buttons on the side, the high waist, and the big pleats! I would wear this with a blousy white shirt, a red narrow belt, and black vintage heels.

wool history

3.  The classic pleated wool skirt.

This skirt is just an ordinary pleated wool skirt, but it differs from others of the species in its coloring. I like the more summery colors on the gray background, which gives it a kind of unique air. A white large-ribbed sweater and some Keds would look good with this.

wool history

4.  The wool pencil skirt.

Ooooh! I just love this skirt! The pencil-striped pattern give it a very business-woman air, but the asymmetricalness gives it a cute unexpected pop! I would wear black heels, and a white shirt with a black sweater to complement this lovely skirt!

Hope you enjoyed our wool history!  Leave us a comment regarding your favorite wool skirt, or your planned holiday outfit!

Always be Exciting,


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Tulle History – Fabric Series – Skirt FACTsination

tulle history

For this week’s Skirt Factsination post, we continue our series with Fabric: Tulle! Tulle is a lightweight, extremely fine netting that is made of various fibers. Tulle is most well known for being used in ballerina’s tutus. It is also used for petticoats, wedding dresses, and other things. It is used in veils because it obscures the features, but allows the wearer to see. Here is some tulle history for you!  Tulle originated in France, probably in a town named…wait for it…Tulle! Tulle is able to be starched easily, and creates a lacy, floating look when used in clothes. Several tulle petticoats under a skirt make a very puffy look. We found some tulle skirts on Pinterest, and chose four of our favorite.

tulle history1.  Your Not-So-Average Ballet Skirt

This is a tulle skirt that has rose petals sewn on it, and a cute pink bow on the waistband. The tulle of this skirt has a jagged edge, and the tulle itself is crumpled and wrinkled, all of which lends to the romance of a skirt that the star of a ‘Corp de Ballet’ would be proud to wear.

tulle history2.  The Tulle Maxi Skirt.

Another beautiful number, this skirt is not meant for the street. I think it would probably be a candidate for a wedding skirt! You know, as opposed to a wedding dress? 🙂 Again, I love the bow, and I think that there is a lot of potential here (Mentally pinning this on my wedding mind-board) 🙂

tulle history3. The Wide Tulle Skirt.

These last two skirts are a bit more streetstyle, and this is a typical tulle skirt. The width makes it something that not everyone can pull off, but the accessories on the model in the picture do a pretty good job of making it look almost office chic!

tulle history4. The Paris Tulle Skirt.

Yeah, I called it the Paris skirt because I can’t imagine wearing anything else in Paris! The skirt is adorable because only the outside layer is tulle, and it is thin enough for every day fashion. (Every day fashion in Paris, that is) I ADORE how the skirt is paired with a ruffled shirt, a olive coat, and burgundy flats in the picture.

Leave us a comment about tulle skirts, or some such tomfoolery.

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Linen History

linen history

This week’s Skirt Factsination is about linen and linen history and linen skirts as part of our fabric series. Linen is famous for being wrapped around mummies. Not the most, uh, appealing fabric, considering its history of mummies, but I may be prejudiced because of this one linen skirt I had once that was the bane of my life.  Somehow I didn’t realize when I bought it that the fabric was twisted, and it always bugged me to the point that when it finally became too tight and short, I was so excited to get rid of it!  No, this was not one we could use for a refashion, and it went in the donation box!  Anyways, linen made its debut in Ancient Mesopotamia, and white linen was worn extensively in Ancient Egypt due to the heat. Linen is a textile made from the flax plant, and is labor-intensive to manufacture, but remarkable for its coolness in heat. Mummies were wrapped in linen because it was a symbol of wealth. We found four linen skirts on Pinterest that we liked.

linen history

1.The Breezy, loose linen skirt.

I like this skirt because it is really what linen is all about. I like the big pockets and the breezy looseness of the skirt. I would wear this with white or yellow flats and a yellow blouse. (I like navy blue with yellow.)

linen history

2. The linen Maxi skirt.

Linen almost always looks very fresh, especially if it is white linen. I love the style of this skirt, kind of mermaidy, as it flows out about right at knee length. This skirts seems like the perfect skirt to wear to a summer party or a beach vacation. I like the black with it, but for summer I would choose maybe red heels and a navy blue and white striped shirt.

chevron striped linen skirt

3.  The Striped linen skirt.

This sort of oversized chevron seems of be in right now, and it looks good on linen. This skirt kind of has a bit of a business feel to me for some reason, perhaps the model. I would prefer to wear this type of skirt and pattern dressed down, with black flip-flops or sandals, and white tee and a big ol’ floppy straw hat.

linen history

  • 4.  The Floral linen skirt.

The pattern and background color of this skirt is sooooo cute!!! I adore the floral pattern, and if you look closely, there’s a embroidered butterfly on the wide waistband! Two things I love – butterflies and wide waistbands, paired together! I would wear this, hmmm, with a orange or red top and sandals or espadrilles.

Let us know your take on linen, and your favorite, or least favorite linen skirt in the comment section!

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Lace History – Skirt Costumes Theme Week!

lace history

Today is Skirt Factsination day, and to tie it in with Costume Week, we are doing another one of our fabric series; Lace History!  Lace is a fabric that is patterned with open holes, and is made by machine or hand. Lace-making can go back very far, but true lace, lace that is created when a thread is looped independently from a backing, was not made until the 15th and 16th centuries. In those times, lace was made from linen, silk or gold and silver threads, but now lace is most commonly made with cotton or synthetic threads, although linen and silk are still used by some. Types of lace are classified how they are made. Needle lace is consisted is made using a needle and thread, is very time consuming, and is considered my some the height of lace-making. The finest antique needle laces were made with an extremely fine thread that is not manufactured today. There is also Knotted lace, Knitted lace, Machine-made, and Bobbin Lace, of which Chantilly lace is a type. I have included three costumes that have lace incorporated in them somehow.

lace history

1. The Lace ballet skirt

I like this skirt because it is completely lace, and I like the asymmetrical design of it. I would wear this with black ballet tights and slippers, and a black leotard, or something like that, to make it tie in more as a ballerina.

lace history

2. The Maid Lace apron.

This is a pretty full apron, so I’m classifying it as a skirt! It has a beautiful long layer of lace at the bottom of the apron, and the collar is full lace. A maid costume is a good ‘easy and quick’ costume solution because all you need is a black skirt and shirt, and then a white apron and cap! Everyone knows what you are, and if you are in a pinch, it is a good costume. My mom was a maid at a Victorian tea party that we had once. She looked pretty good, because she made her own apron and cap, but it did look a little funny because she was pregnant and her apron had to have room for this bump!

lace history

3. The lace Victorian skirt.

Wowzers! This, I think, is a real lace skirt from the Victorian era. If you could make one of these, you could just wear a regular long white dress under it, and your costume would be fabulous! The thing about this skirt is that it looks so delicate that you would have to be extremely careful when wearing it. I could do that, if I could have the skirt!!!

Well, leave a comment below, and let us know if you have a costume with lace on it!

Always be Exciting,


This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, and include skirts!