We do love our jersey fabrics – they’re fabulous for layering and so practical for cross-season periods – as well as any time when the weather isn’t doing quite what it’s supposed to… They’re an integral part of our annual style cycle and so our choice of this classic stretch black viscose jersey fabric wasn’t a taxing one.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is an excellent-quality, medium-weight single-knit jersey fabric, manufactured using viscose yarn (derived from plant-based cellulose) and a little elastane. It’s in a solid, neutral shade of black that doesn’t lean to grey, green or blue. It has a close knit and very good opacity for its weight.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our stretch black viscose jersey fabric is beautifully soft to the touch. It’s breathable and supremely comfortable next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
We always love playing with a decent draping fabric on the stand – but this one really was a dream to work with. It gathers finely and when tightly-fitted around a curve, manages to define a shape without losing any of its substance. Most (but not all) of its stretch is across the width of the fabric and it springs back to shape very well indeed. You can see how it drapes and moves 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?
You won’t need to line this fabric as a skirt or dress, although a dress bodice could be constructed with a self-lining in order to provide additional resilience. The close knit and depth of colour mean that there’s no need to line the fabric for purposes of modesty, although if your garment is constructed using negative ease you may want to ensure that any garments under stretched areas are not brightly-contrasting with the fabric or your skin tone.
What can I make with this fabric?
All of these qualities make our stretch black viscose jersey fabric a highly versatile cloth. Use it in a dress where gathers and a clever cut will allow it to fit, swing and move with your body. Alternatively this jersey would also work in a more fitted or bodycon design. You could consider playing ruching, fine gathers and asymmetry to great effect. Dresses (long and short) tunics, tops and t-shirts are all options. You could even consider a pair of palazzo pants to lounge in. Our only caution would probably be that this black viscose jersey fabric probably doesn’t have the substance you’d want for leggings since it’s probably a little too draping and not quite structured enough. We think it would be perfect as a classic wrap dress such as the ‘Olivia’ Jersey Wrap Dress pattern from Named Clothing.
94% viscose, 4% spandex
Machine wash separately at 30º or 40º
Machine wash at 30º or 40º.
See our Fabric care pages for more information.