We were on the lookout for autumnal fabrics that could be used either for layering – or equally for stand-out garments in their own right. We love our viscose jersey fabrics which are perfect for that – but when we fell upon this floral charcoal and wine ribbed jersey fabric we were hooked.
Frankly we’re a bit suspicious of the declared composition of this fabric as we never felt a polyester this soft, or saw one drape with quite the abandon of this this darkly-enigmatic wine ribbed jersey fabric. You can see how it moves and stretches in this video – but to feel its exquisite softness you’ll have to ask us for a free sample – which we’ll be delighted to send on.
We like the fact that the ribs in this charcoal and wine ribbed jersey fabric are uneven – the ridges are about 1cm in width, while the troughs between them only a third of that width. This is a fairly lightweight jersey fabric in terms of actual weight – and yet the colour and the texture give it more opacity than you might expect from the handle. A top or tunic wouldn’t need lining and would be wonderfully-comfortable to wear. A knitted dress would certainly be an option – although in that case we’d say that you’d definitely want either to line it for added shape (depending on your design) and/or consider a slip to wear underneath.
The charcoal colour in the design is a deep, shaded colour – with marled and silvery areas providing some relief and texture. The wine is a product of a dark cerise colour. We’re not knit experts but it looks to us as if this is a very, very fine doubleknit rather than a print – the underlayer being a combination of silver and black yarns and the upper layer being charcoal and cerise.
This isn’t a bulky fabric despite the ribbed structure – so ruches, drapes and gathers are all options for your design of choice. We quite like this ‘Kim’ Swing Top from Style Arc which would, we think, make the most of the movement, drape and pattern in this quite lovely floral wine ribbed jersey fabric.
Finally, in case you’re wondering – yes that is our ‘Chinon’ rich wine stretch corduroy fabric in our images – the two look fabulous together.
96% polyester, 4% spandex
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees; dry flat. See our Fabric care pages for more information.