Welcome to yet another Roma jersey discovery! This structured charcoal, chestnut and violet printed ponte Roma jersey is the latest of our Italian printed ponte Roma fabrics with a reassuringly-firm stretch and for purposes of comparison, in a slightly heavier weight than our recent ‘Vinery’ fabric. As with its sibling colour way, our ‘Aviary’ jersey, this is a dark fabric; the floral print being very definitely in evidence but quite subtle. The violet highlights aren’t obvious in this print design – but they lift the print subtly.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our black, chestnut and violet printed Roma jersey fabric has a high viscose content (66%); together with the usual spandex element it also contains polyamide rather than the more usual polyester. It has more in the way of structure and resilience than our more draping double-knits. You can find our more about ponte Roma jersey fabrics in this blog post.
What does this fabric feel like?
Despite its evident substance, this remains a soft-handled, pliable doubleknit which will be beautifully comfortable next to the skin. We’d describe our structured chestnut and violet printed ponte Roma jersey fabric as leaning towards a heavier-weight double-knit. However it’s not a bulky fabric and will be easy to work.
How does this fabric move?
This ponte Roma jersey fabric isn’t a fluid or draping jersey – but that’s not to say it doesn’t hang and move elegantly. It falls into rounded folds and has an excellent two-way stretch-and-return. The ease both up and down the fabric is around the 35% mark. You can see how it moves and stretches in this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
We’d be more than happy to recommend its use for unlined garments, but not those those with ‘waterfall’ fronts where both sides of the fabric are designed to be visible, since the print on this fabric is on one side only. Its smooth finish means that it would also be comfortable if worn next to the skin. A lining wouldn’t be required for any of these options, although you could choose to self-line the top of a dress or a fitted skirt for additional structure.
What can I make with this fabric?
Tops, tunics, A-line dresses and lighter-weight outerwear too are all options for this black, grey and violet printed ponte Roma jersey fabric. We think it’s a tremendously versatile fabric. It has sufficient resilience and opacity for closely-fitted trousers, including leggings. It will also work particularly well as an unlined jacket or blazer, particularly where a little shape is required. We think it would be the perfect choice for a simple skirt such as this ‘Halle’ Stretch Skirt from Style Arc.
66% viscose, 29% polyamide, 8% spandex
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.