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Cupro Fabrics: Sewing Tips and Care Instructions

Cupro, which is short for ‘Cuprammonium Rayon’, is a regenerated cellulose fabric that is made from recycled cotton linter. Cotton linter is dissolved into a cuprammonium solution and spun into fiber and then the fiber is spun into yarn.  One set of the yarns is passed across lengthwise (warp) while the other set is passed across the width (weft). These two sets of yarns are interlocked together to form the woven fabric, Cupro. The way the fabric looks, feels and reacts when it is worn and washed depends on how it is woven. There are different types of Cupro fabrics based on their weaving methods. They include Cupro Satin, Plain Cupro and Cupro Twill.

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LIGHT CUPRO SATIN

It has four or more weft yarns floating over a warp yarn and four warp yarns over a single weft yarn. This gives it the sheen finish. It is smooth and glossy on one side of the fabric, while it is matte on the other side of the fabric. It can be used to make clothing items such as lingerie, evening gowns, tops, blouses and sometimes shorts.

Sewing tips

  • Place pattern weights on fabric to hold it down and not slip while cutting.
  • Make chalk markings on the dull side of the fabric only with an air soluble pen or tailor’s chalk.
  • Pin only on seam allowances to prevent leaving permanent holes on the fabric.
  • Use very sharp scissors to cut fabric.
  • Use a universal needle, size 10/70 when sewing.
  • Use a cotton-wrapped polyester thread or 100% polyester thread.
  • You will need to use a ‘stay tape’ on some areas of your garment like the neckline, to avoid stretching.

 

Care Instructions

  • Hand wash or delicate machine wash.
  • Warm wash 30 degrees.
  • Dry flat.
  • Always iron on the wrong side of fabric.
  • Do not steam iron to avoid water spotting, rather, dry iron your garment.
  • Iron on low heat.

 

LIGHT PLAIN CUPRO

The warp thread of the Light Cupro Fabric goes over the weft thread and then under the next weft thread and so on. The threads cross each other at right angles. The fabric is soft, breathable and drapes elegantly. It is used to make flowy garments like shirts, skirts, dresses, tops and trousers.

 

Sewing tips

  • Place pattern weights on fabric to hold it down and not slip while cutting.
  • Pin only on seam allowances to prevent leaving permanent holes on the fabric.
  • Use a sharp needle, size 10/70 when sewing.
  • Use 100% polyester thread.
  • Stay stitch necklines or any curves before sewing.

 

Care Instructions

  • Hand wash or delicate machine wash with cold water.
  • Air dry and dry flat.
  • Iron on low heat.

We love getting photos of our customers' creations! Below you can see two beautiful pieces made from our cupro fabrics by @off_limits_studio:

Lilac cupro dress
Lilac dress in Light Plain Cupro for an elegant drape and soft feel. Buy this fabric here.

VEGAN SILK, CORAL CUPRO
Coral Top and flare trousers made from Light Plain Cupro. The softness and fluidity of this fabric allows it to fall gracefully against the body. Buy this fabric here.

 

LIGHT CUPRO TWILL

This fabric has a diagonal pattern. The weft thread is passed over one or more warp threads and then passed below two or more warp threads. This allows the fabric to drape well. It is lightweight and durable. It is used to make shirts, jackets, skirts and slacks. It can be used as lining.

Sewing tips

  • It is easy to sew
  • Use a universal needle, size 10/70 when sewing.
  • Use cotton or/and polyester thread.

 

Care Instructions

  • Cold gentle machine wash
  • Do not wring, bleach or tumble.
  • Dry flat
  • Requires less ironing
  • Iron on wrong side of fabric.

 

CUPRO LINEN TWILL

It has a diagonal grainline that can be seen on both sides. It is soft, comfortable and durable. Also, it dries faster than cotton. Dresses, jackets, blouses, trousers and lightweight vests can be made with Curpo Linen Twill.

Sewing tips

  • Use tailor’s chalk to make markings on fabric from sewing pattern.
  • Use a universal needle, size 12/80 when sewing.
  • Finish raw edges to avoid fraying.

Care Instructions

  • Cool hand wash or gentle machine wash
  • Tumble dry on low heat or air dry.
  • Set iron temperature to be warm/hot
  • Steam iron

 

Reasons why Cupro is a Sustainable Fabric

  • It is made from cotton waste known as linter.
  • It is made from 100% plant-based materials which makes it biodegradable.
  • It is produced in closed loop. The chemicals used to produce the fabric can be extracted and reused. The water also can be reused.
  • Less quantity of dye is needed to obtain a color for the fabric because it absorbs dye easily compared to other fabrics.
  • It is cruelty free because no animals were hurt in the making.

We offer a wide range of Cupro fabrics in different colors, which you can see here. All our fabrics are made in Europe.

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