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Terminology: Rayon, viscose, acetate, cuprammonium and all those other manufactured naturals

My ‘Smooth Sewing‘ trousers for the HSF ‘Innovations‘ challenge were made of rayon (as is the 1940s aloha shirt I paired them with), so it seems high time that I do a terminology post on rayon and the other ‘semi-synthetic’ or ‘manufactured natural’ fibres. Rayon is the generic name for a whole family of fabrics made by dissolving cellulose fibres in chemicals and extruding the resulting viscous solution.  Different chemicals and variations in the processes yield different types of fabrics in the rayon family.  Viscose (called rayon in the US), cuprammonium (also known as cupra, cupro and Bemberg silk or Bemberg rayon), nitro silk, acetate, modal and lyocell are all types of rayon, as is most ‘bamboo’ fabric – which is simply rayon made from bamboo rather than other cellulose bases.  Art silk (or artificial silk), is an older term for rayon, as is mother-in-law silk (which gives an indication about how people felt about rayon when it was first invented). The first manufactured natural fibres have their origins in the exciting experimentation that characterised …

Te Aro Testers Wanted Scroop Patterns

Scroop Patterns: Call for Testers for a knit pattern of awesomeness

I’ve got a new Scroop Pattern ready to be tested! The Pattern: This is my lockdown pattern: a design I created that’s as warm and cozy as a hug. It feels like wearing pyjamas, but fabric choice and finishes can take it from weekend casual to work appropriate to evening glam. It’s a versatile drop-shoulder dress and top designed for midweight knits. It has three different necklines (hood, shallow scoop, scoop), three different sleeve options (long knit, full woven sleeves with gathered cuffs, or short) and three hems (knee length with a knit band, shirt length with a curved hem, longer in back, and knee length with a dropped hem) Testers: For this pattern I need testers who are low-intermediate or higher level sewers with some experience sewing knits. You will also need to: be able to print patterns in A4, A0, US Letter or US full sized Copyshop paper sizes have the time to sew up the item if you agree to be a tester for it  be able to photograph your make being worn, and be willing for …

The Robin Dress: Tester Makes!

Pssst, don’t forget that the Robin Dress is 25% off for another 2 days only! I always rave about the testers for Scroop Patterns (and they always deserve it! So many amazing women have helped make the patterns as awesome as they are), but the testing group for the Robin Dress deserves an extra special shout-out, for pattern testing as the world went crazy, their lives became infinitely more stressful and complicated, and their countries went into lockdown. I’m so grateful for the work they put in, and for helping me to complete this process. Testers help ensure that a pattern fits just right on a wide range of bodies. They follow the instructions and let me know if they are clear, and will make sense to the average sewist across the world. They point out all the bits I could make better – and the patterns are better for all their input. And they provide lots of inspiration of fabrics and notions! (so dangerous – I go away wanting a half dozen more versions …