Welcome to yet another Roma jersey discovery! This highly-structured marled charcoal ponte Roma knit is our latest Italian discovery. It’s easily the heaviest ponte Roma we’ve ever had, being a with a fabulous Autumn-Winter weight and with a reassuringly-firm stretch. We’d recommend this for outerwear as well as winter skirts; it’s a fabric with real presence and one which we think will prove to be a stylish but comforting friend in the winter months.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our marled charcoal ponte Roma knit fabric is the usual blend of polyester, viscose and spandex. It has much more in the way of structure and resilience than our more draping double-knits; at 500gsm it’s considerably heavier than our more draping Bleecker charcoal ponte Roma jersey which weighs in at 320gsm. 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 smooth and pliable doubleknit. It is very soft indeed to the touch and will be beautifully comfortable next to the skin due to the viscose content and the high-quality knit structure.
How does this fabric move?
Our structured charcoal ponte Roma knit fabric obviously isn’t a fluid or draping jersey – but that’s not to say it doesn’t hang and move elegantly. It falls into angled folds and has a firm two-way stretch-and-return. The ease across its width is around 35%; down the length it’s only 5%. You can see how it moves and stretches in this video.
NOTE: Our videos are intended to show the movement of a fabric. For accurate colour and pattern detail, please refer to our still images.
Will I need to line this fabric?
We’d be more than happy to recommend the use of this fabric for unlined garments, including those with designs where both sides of the fabric are designed to be visible, since the inside and outer of this fabric are all but indistinguishable. This is is a closely-knit fabric with near-total opacity.
What can I make with this fabric?
Outerwear, as well as skirts and simple dresses that require a heavier weight doubleknit too are all options for this marled charcoal ponte Roma knit fabric. Cut edges will not fray and can be left unfinished for a clean edge. We don’t think we’d recommend trousers in this fabric as it will be a little too bulky for comfort. We do think it will work particularly well as an unlined jacket or blazer however, particularly where a little shape is required such as the Kaia Coatigan from Sew To Grow.
Viscose fibres are produced using cellulose which has been extracted from wood. As such it is a plant-based fabric, however unless stated otherwise, chemicals will have been used to produce the viscose yarns used in textile production. Polyester fibres are synthetic and originate from non-renewable carbon-based sources so are not sustainable. However this polyester fabric is a ‘deadstock’ supply which was not manufactured for retail sale as a fabric; it’s left over from the garment industry and might otherwise be disposed of.
OEKO-TEX standard? ❎
70% polyester, 24% viscose, 6% spandex
Machine wash separately at 30º or 40º
Machine wash at 30º or 40º.
See our Fabric care pages for more information.