Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Where To Buy Jersey/Knit Fabric


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.


The following shops specialise in, or have a large dressmaking fabric selection so have a good choice of jersey fabrics:


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:


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:

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.

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6 comments:

  1. Wow thanks for this. It's really useful - particularly buying from the US. I'm off to Berlin soon so will check to see if some of the German outlets have stores there. xx

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  2. Thanks so much for all your hard work gathering all those shops in one place! I spend hours scouring the internet for good jersey fabric and then lose track of everywhere I've been and several of those shops are new to me too. I'm a big fan of the lady skater too - it looks so different just depending on fabric, skirt and sleeve length.

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  3. Thanks for this! I have found that the art gallery fabrics jersey at 95% cotton is good quality and washes well. I have just bought some from white tree fabrics

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  4. Excellent list! Have bookmarked for when I have the confidence to tackle knits!

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  5. Thanks for this - really helpful x

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  6. Thanks for featuring us (www.girlcharlee.co.uk) in your list of where to buy jersey fabrics! Thanks also for the beautiful cardigans you made with our cotton spandex fabrics, they look amazing!

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