As I’m sure you know, fabric comes in all shapes, sizes and weights - either being natural, synthetic, or manufactured. There are so many choices on the market for dressmakers and some fabrics out there do get overlooked, such as viscose dress fabric. Here at Fabrics Galore, we do believe that this textile is often underrated in the industry, so we have put together this post to discuss this versatile fabric in more detail.
What is viscose dress fabric?
Viscose was first produced in 1883 as a cheaper, artificial silk. It is often seen as a sustainable alternative to cotton or polyester, as well as a cheaper and more durable alternative to silk. It is derived from the ‘cellulose’ or wood pulp from certain types of trees such as eucalyptus, beech and pine, along with bamboo, soy, and sugar cane - all of which are very fast growing. The cellulose can then be dissolved in a chemical solution to be spun into fibres, which can then be made into threads.
Although viscose is made from cellulose, it is known as semi-synthetic rather than 100% natural or synthetic due to the many chemicals involved in the viscose manufacturing process, like sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide.
The benefits of viscose dress fabric
If you are looking for a lightweight material that is not incredibly expensive, but still has a soft, luxurious feel, then viscose dress fabric is a great option. Its many desirable qualities make it a wonderfully versatile fibre to use in many ways, throughout a variety of industries.
It’s very cheap to produce and feels very much like silk, but still drapes beautifully - something which is quite rare in certain cheaper fabrics.
Absorbent and breathable
Viscose is also perfect for clothing throughout the summer months, as it is extremely airy. It is a very light fabric which doesn’t stick to the body, making it perfect for blouses and summer dresses. Viscose is also ideal for t-shirts and athletic wear, as it does not trap heat but still absorbs water and sweat.
Maintains shape easily
Despite not being elastic, viscose can be blended with other textiles, such as spandex, to add stretch. It allows your viscose fabric to become slightly stretchier if this is preferred. Overall, it blends really well with other fibres to help you create the perfect textile you require for your dressmaking project.
What can viscose be used for?
As we have already touched upon, viscose fabric is incredibly versatile and is used in clothing, home fabrics and hygiene products that people use every day. As a dressmaking fabric, it is ideal for shirts, blouses and dresses, but as it’s soft and gentle on the skin, it can also be used for a variety of other disposable hygiene products. These include baby wipes, beauty masks and medical dressings - just to name a few.
Would you like to buy viscose fabrics?
Across the Fabrics Galore website, as well as in-store, we have a variety of the highest quality drape fabrics available for you to buy - including viscose. We specialise in sourcing the very best textiles for our customers, so why not take a look at our stunning drape fabric ranges we have available?