When it comes to creating everyday garments that are not only comfortable but also sustainable and stylish, choosing the right fabric is paramount. If you're a sewist with an eye for quality and a commitment to eco-conscious choices, OEKO-TEX 100 95% viscose 5% elastane jersey at 230gsm is a dream companion. In this blog post, we'll delve into the attributes of this fabric and why it's a fantastic choice for sewists aiming to craft beautiful, everyday pieces.
The Beauty of Viscose
Viscose, also known as rayon, is a natural fibre made from cellulose, often derived from sustainable sources such as wood pulp. This fibre is renowned for its luxurious drape, breathability, and silky smooth texture. Here's why it's a favourite among sewists:
- Comfort: Viscose is incredibly soft against the skin, making it ideal for garments worn close to the body. Its breathability ensures you stay cool and comfortable all day long.
- Drape: Viscose fabric has an elegant drape that enhances the flow and movement of garments. It's perfect for creating fluid and flattering silhouettes.
- Versatility: Viscose is a versatile fabric, suitable for a wide range of garment types, from dresses and tops to loungewear and more. It's perfect for everyday wear and can be dressed up or down.
The Stretch of Elastane
Elastane, also known as spandex or lycra, is a synthetic fibre that adds stretch and recovery to fabric. When combined with viscose, it creates a fabric that combines comfort and flexibility:
- Stretch: The elastane content provides a comfortable level of stretch, ensuring that your garments move with you. This is especially important for everyday wear, as it allows for ease of movement.
- Shape Retention: Elastane helps your garments maintain their shape, preventing sagging or bagging, even with frequent wear. This means your creations will look as good as new for longer.
- Durability: The combination of elastane and viscose results in a fabric that's not only comfortable but also durable, with excellent resistance to wear and tear.
OEKO-TEX 100 Certification
The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification guarantees that the fabric is free from harmful substances and safe for human health. Sewing with OEKO-TEX certified fabric is not only a responsible choice but also a way to ensure that the garments you create are gentle on your skin.
Why Choose OEKO-TEX 100 95% Viscose 5% Elastane Jersey?
Here are the key reasons why you should consider sewing with this fabric:
- Luxurious Comfort: The combination of viscose and elastane ensures that your everyday garments feel exceptionally comfortable.
- Sustainability: Viscose is derived from sustainable sources, and OEKO-TEX certification means it's free from harmful chemicals.
- Drape and Stretch: This fabric offers a beautiful drape and just the right amount of stretch for a great fit.
- Durability: Your everyday garments will last longer without losing their shape or softness.
- Versatility: Create a wide range of garments, from cozy loungewear to elegant dresses and casual tops.
Sewing Tips for OEKO-TEX 100 95% Viscose 5% Elastane Jersey
- Use ballpoint or stretch needles for sewing to prevent snags and skipped stitches.
- Consider using a walking foot for smooth and even stitching.
- Experiment with different seam finishes like zigzag or overlock stitches for added durability.
- Pre-wash your fabric to prevent shrinkage before cutting and sewing.
By choosing OEKO-TEX 100 95% viscose 5% elastane jersey (230gsm), you're not only creating beautiful garments but also contributing to a more sustainable fashion industry. It's the ideal fabric to make everyday garments that are not only stylish but also kind to your skin and the environment.
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