It’s a no-brainer to think ahead to warmer days and the garments we will wear when they arrive. With so many fabric options available, it can become overwhelming to know which is the best option. If you want a fabric that’s warm-weather friendly, look no further than jersey fabric. For fabric, sewing, and pattern tips for working with jersey during spring and summer, you’ve landed on just the right page.
Jersey comes in many different weights and blends. This post mainly focuses on jersey fabrics that are suitable for making spring and summer garments. For example, cotton jersey is made by knitting cotton fibers which creates some natural stretch and naturally breathes.
- Cotton jersey comes in lightweight varieties, perfect for warm weather garments.
- 100% cotton jersey is the most eco-friendly jersey option
- Bamboo jersey is naturally bacteria and odor resistant, and is the practical, yet eco-friendly choice. True to a natural fiber, bamboo knits are already absorbent and breathable, but the addition of elastane ensures comfort that is unmatched.
- Jersey is comfortable, providing ease to the wearer.
- It also has some natural stretch, but other blends are available that offer more stretch if desired.
- Alternate jersey blends, including elastane, etc., offer better recovery than cotton jersey but don’t always wear well over time.
- Laundering with care is important when working with jersey.
- Cotton jersey has some structure but can still be quite drapey.
- When finishing edges for cotton jersey, a double fold hem works well.
- Overlock and topstitch to finish hemlines.
- Sewing with jersey fabric is great for achieving patterns with a more casual fit.
Selecting Sewing Patterns
For the most spring/summer friendly garments, think t-shirts, dresses, pajamas, and lightweight cardigans.
Since warm weather is getting closer, it’s the perfect time to start adding patterns to your wardrobe that will work wonderfully into the spring and summer temperatures. With the help of jersey fabrics and some of our free sewing patterns, you’re sure to be well on your way to sunny days and wearable clothing for the season!