Inside Design: Creating Plus Size Clothing in Rayon
A lot of time and consideration goes into every piece I create. I have to choose the perfect colors, select stylish patterns, and design the ideal fit.
No matter how great my initial design might seem, I have to make sure I’m using top quality fabrics too.
One of the fabrics I work with for Generous Fashions is rayon. Where does this now ubiquitous fabric come from? Why do I choose it for my designs?
The First Synthetic Fiber
Rayon, also called viscose, was the first synthetic fiber to be developed. Production started in the late 1800’s and several improvements were made to the process over the years. The name itself was coined in 1924 by a joint committee of commercial associations and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
In its essence, rayon has not changed since those early days. It is made from natural wood pulp and, while being man-made, is more similar to cotton and linen than other synthetic fabrics like nylon or polyester.
Why I Design with Rayon
As a designer, I enjoy working with rayon. It offers me several advantages, including:
- Comfort – Modern manufacturing techniques have led to the production of soft, comfortable rayon that I can turn into beautiful garments you will love to wear.
- Beautiful draping – The way a fabric falls and drapes is critical to fashion. Unlike other synthetic fabrics, rayon drapes beautifully and gives each garment a distinctive look.
- Moisture management – Rayon is breathable, like cotton, but it is much more moisture absorbent. That means that it pulls moisture away from the skin and leaves you feeling cool and dry.
- Variety – Rayon is easy to dye so it is available in a wide range of colors. I love the versatility of working with rayon and rayon blend fabrics. Here are some of my most popular pieces in 100% rayon:
I love sharing my design with you. Look for upcoming posts on the best ways to care for your rayon garments.
Stephen, Your Designer
“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen