Friday, 15 December 2017

Where To Buy Jersey/Knit Fabric

***UPDATED 15/12/17***

This blog post was originally written in August 2016 so the first few paragraphs might be bit dated now but the links are all still up to date and I will keep adding to it as and when I find new stores and have purchased from them and am happy with the quality etc :)

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 go 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 were all new to me when I started sewing with jersey but I have now ordered from all of them. I have only included places I have personally ordered from and am happy with the quality of fabric and service I have received as I know ordering jersey online can feel quite daunting.  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.  I've moved Maud's Fabric Finds to this section as they have just decided to mainly focus on jersey fabrics which is music to my ears.

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:

I have also ordered a fair bit of fabric from Poland, there a number of sites selling awesome prints and the quality has been great so far.  Shipping is reasonable too and fabric usually arrives within a week.  I have personally ordered from the below sites and have been happy with my purchases. Oh and did I mention the fabric is super cheap?!

I've recently discovered the wonderful world of custom printed jersey and boy the prints are awesome and the quality second to none!  I went a little overboard on custom prints at Christmas, there were so many amazing fabrics I just had to have.  Most of the fabrics have to be pre-ordered then you wait a set timescale while they are printed which is usually a few months, I missed most of the pre-orders but was lucky enough to be able to grab some once they arrived and had some left over for retail.  I have purchased custom jersey from all of the ones listed below. I found most of these via facebook groups, I don't do facebook for anything other than sewing groups and I probably look like a troll as I don't have any friends but the sewing groups are wonderful things even if I don't like actual facebook.

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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