We've taken delivery of lots of new jersey fabrics over the past couple of weeks. Last week we received a big stack of the much anticipated Art Galley printed Jersey range - we've spoilt you for choice in terms of colours and patterns - from the rather understated and contemporary ‘Morse Dot Blue’ to the fresh and fruity geometric ‘Arboretum Dawn’ to a bold and striking ‘Maze Blue’. Not only are these new additions to our fabric family modern and elegant in design, they also boast a really high quality. They have been knitted in Pima Cotton, a very soft, durable, and absorbent type of fibre similar to Egyptian cotton. Fabric made using this type of cotton is light to wear yet provides superior warmth making it perfect for the coming season. Below is a snapshot of all the designs we currently have in store.
If prints and patterns just aren’t your thing we have lots of interesting plains to offer. You might have already seen that our sumptuous Bamboo Jersey is now back in stock - an absolute classic, perennial favourite: soft, heavy drape and slight lustre - perfect for the crossover from casual to evening wear. More recently we brought in a new range of Melange cotton jerseys, we have these available as a lightweight fabric in Pink, Lime, Light Blue, Petrol & Natural and as a heavier weight in Navy, Anthracite & Grey. Melange is a colour affect achieved by mixing two colours when constructing a fabric, this gives a rich depth and texture, it also lends itself to casual wear.
If you haven’t tried sewing with Jersey before, don’t be nervous! It’s not as tricky as you think, you don’t need an overlocker to start experimenting, using the zig-zag setting on your sewing machine will work just fine, the beauty of jersey is that it doesn’t fray like woven fabrics. Another benefit of making clothes using stretch fabric is draping, draping is the alternative to pattern cutting or using a commercial pattern. One drawback however is that you need a mannequin (or a very patient friend!) to, as the name suggests, drape your fabric over and around the body form and pin in place to create unique designs. When we received our new Art Gallery Jersey’s we couldn’t resist draping them over our dressmaker mannequins to see how they look formed around the body, it’s a really easy way to get inspiration for a new project and see how the fabric will suit the style you have in mind. You can see below the results of our half an hour experimentation!