We’re often tempted to use the word ‘classic’ with regard to a fabric – but in the case of this extraordinary, subtly-coloured deep grey-green wool jersey we’d be more than justified. This is the ultimate luxe lounging fabric – a finely-knitted jersey that looks as if it’s walked straight out of an upmarket fashion feature. It’s come to us from Italy via a high-end designer so we can assure you this is the real deal. Whether you’re channeling a 70s vibe with boots and a fit-and-flare knee length dress, or a louche draping sweater and trousers, you won’t be disappointed. Not a fan of green? Take a look at ‘Coney’, an alternative colourway in a timeless shade of camel.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a 100% wool fabric. It’s been knitted with a similar doubleknit construction to a ponte Roma jersey fabric, but without the weight or thickness that you might usually expect from a ponte Roma. That said, it’s a fabric with excellent opacity which looks the same on both sides, so is suitable for ‘waterfall’ and other unlined jacket and outer-layer designs.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our slate green wool jersey fabric has a beautifully-smooth handle. It’s soft to the touch, but has a little substance too. it’s very comfortable next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
This is a fabric with a little substance but it’s not at all stiff and has an elegant drape. It has a good stretch-and-return as you can see from this video. Widthwise the stretch is around 30%; down the length it’s restricted to 10% or less.
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?
Although you could choose to self-line this fabric or use a stretch lining for an outerwear garment, it won’t need lining for purposes of modesty; neither will the inside require concealing since both sides of the fabric can be regarded as the ‘right’ side. (Although when you cut your garment we strongly recommend you choose a side as the ‘right’ side and stick to it). If you make a skirt or dress, then you may prefer to wear a half-slip in order to help this fabric move across your body and over hosiery.
What can I make with this fabric?
This is a fabric that we think will tread that fine line between holding a structured shape and falling gently around the body. We think it would be perfect for simple fit-and-flare or shift dresses to dress up or down through the winter months. Likewise, sweaters, tunics and upmarket layering are all options too.
We’ve just found the ‘Jocko’ Pullover from Ready To Sew – the elegant slouch of this pattern’s a relaxed silhouette that would work very well with our green wool jersey fabric.
Hand or machine wash separately on a wool cycle.
Hand or machine wash on a wool cycle. Find out more about fabric care on our About our fabric pages