I have been promising to write this post for a while so apologies for the delay, as you may have seen over on instagram I have been busy sewing a holiday wardrobe! I much prefer dresses with sleeves but it will defo be too hot for that on holiday so I have been making sleeveless Lady Skater and Emery dresses and have bought a few new cropped cardigans to wear with them when required. I have managed to make 16 dresses so far and still have fabric for a few more, not sure they will all make the cut but it's better to have too many to choose from isn't it. Anyways onto where I buy my jersey fabric from...
I have been asked many times how I manage to find cool prints in jersey, they really are not that easy to come by but I am always dedicated to the cause so have spent many hours hunting them down. It's a good job I enjoy looking at pretty fabrics ;) Buying knits online can be a bit hit and miss as the fabric description can be the same but feel totally different in person. I have learned I don't like viscose jersey, it is way too drapey for the Lady Skater - that skirt needs some body! It is probably perfect for the Colette Moneta though with it's gathered skirt and I have seen many lovely versions in viscose jersey. Polyester can be both yucky and fab, it is all down to the finish of the fabric. The banana dress I made is in a yucky polyester, I have worn it once and it is now bobbled where my bag was resting against it so it has been put away for my holiday and will probably be retired when I return. Very sad when that happens. This leaf print dress is also a polyester jersey but it's slinky to the touch, hangs beautifully and looks more dressy as a result. That gets a big thumbs up from me and I would love to buy more of this kind of poly jersey but it's hard to work out which type you're going to be getting online. I mostly plump for cotton jersey, anything with an elastane content of 5%+ and much prefer European jerseys to any of the 'designer' jerseys I have tried. They are a lovely weight, wash well and hang beautifully. I'm in the UK so my recommendations are UK/Europe based, it's not really worth buying from the US at the moment with the value of the pound and custom charges.
I scour eBay for new jersey fabric and will often take a punt on a fabric if I love the print and the price is right. I have bought Liberty jersey from eBay for under £10 a metre and although it is viscose I have learned if I line them with a cotton jersey then that gives them more structure and plain cotton jersey is as cheap as chips on eBay and available in a full rainbow of colours.
The following shops have a really good choice of jersey prints and mostly specialise in jersey. They are all new to me since sewing with jersey and I have ordered from most of them. While jersey seems expensive at around £20/m for the European brands I use much less fabric, I use 1.5m for a sleeved Lady Skater compared to 2.5m for a sleeved Emery dress.
- Dots N Stripes
- Kitschy Coo
- Kailuna Fabrics
- Tiny Vikings
- Pink Scissor Fabrics
- Jersey Jollies
- Stoffstil (ships from Germany)
- Girl Charlee (I've not bought from them so cannot comment on quality of their own brand knits)
The following shops specialise in, or have a large dressmaking fabric selection so have a good choice of jersey fabrics:
- Ditto Fabrics
- Fabric Godmother
- Fabrics Galore
- Sew Over It
- Guthrie Ghani
- Minerva Crafts
- Fabworks (quality is hit and miss but the fabric is cheap so...)
This next bunch sell a mixture of all fabrics and are my go to shops for stalking new arrivals of all fabric types. They have really good selections of quality jersey:
- Elephant In My Handbag (10% off one order code in my sidebar!)
- Mauds Fabric Finds (would really appreciate if you use my referral code on your first order if it's over £30, it's http://prz.io/5HUw)
- My Fabrics (ships from Germany)
- The Village Haberdashery
- Modes4U (type knit in the search bar to see them all in one place)
I also buy a lot of jersey on Etsy, mostly from UK sellers though a couple are German. My favourite stores are:
My favourite European jersey brands are as follows, some of them can be easily bought in the UK others less so:
- Kapynen (I have ordered from them directly)
- W Collection (can't order directly but now stocked at Mauds, yay!)
- Elvelyckan Design
- Bloome Copenhagen
- Happy Fabrics
- Paapii Designs
So there we have it, hopefully something for everyone. Please let me know if you have found any other gems I should be checking out in the comments.