We’re not sure what the plan was with this checked ponte Roma jersey fabric. Following the edict of ‘more is more’ someone seems to have decided that printing a ponte Roma wasn’t enough. No – it clearly needed to be combined with a lace fabric (because you would, wouldn’t you…) and the result is a surprisingly appealing fabric, warm and well-structured and perfect as a very wearable and practical outer layer.
We love the charcoals here – lit up with flashes of rust, ochre and blue – and all slightly muted by the bonded patterned lace layer which does the job of adding a sense of depth and texture. It really, honestly, shouldn’t work, we know. But it does.
Our mixed-up, shook-up checked ponte Roma jersey fabric has a robust handle and lots of structure. It has a small amount stretch-and-return, just enough for a bit of ease, not much more. It’s not a draping fabric, although it falls well as you can see from this video.
With very good opacity, this is a heavier-weight doubleknit, perfect for outerwear layers. We’d suggest coatigans, lighter-weight coats and layering jackets would be the way to go. We also think it might work rather well as a winter skirt – we can’t quite get enough of those colours. It’s a print – the inside of the fabric is ivory – therefore this isn’t a fabric you’d use as a ‘waterfall’ style jacket – and it doesn’t really have the drape for that approach anyway. We’d suggest trying a pattern such as the ‘Riley’ Coat from Style Arc, which although unlined, has a facing on the centre front panels.
97% polyester, 3% spandex
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.