Viscose (or rayon to my US readers) – source of many a heated debate.
Some Sewists hate it. I remember back in the Eighties and early Nineties, if a shop-bought piece of clothing was made of viscose, it went back on the rack. Back then, boy, did it shrink in the wash.
Fortunately, standards have improved – a lot. Though I would still strongly advise pre-washing viscose before a make, as I’d advise pre-washing any fabric.
What are the viscose pros? It is readily available and often at a very reasonable price. It has fantastic drape, which makes it perfect for the Mathilde blouse. My red version is made from a printed viscose.
The cons? That drape. It can be challenging for beginners to cut out and sew with. Pins slip out the moment you so much as look at the fabric. If you’re using interfacing, it will need to be really lightweight. An item that needs structure won’t work with viscose, or will need underlining.
So, be warned. You’ll have great finished items with viscose, but the sewing experience is going to be slightly more challenging.
Any other tips about viscose?