I have been promising to write this post for a while so apologies for the delay, as you may have seen over oninstagramI have been busy sewing a holiday wardrobe! I much prefer dresses with sleeves but it will defo be too hot for that on holiday so I have been sleeveless Lady Skater and Emery dresses and have bought a few new cropped cardigans to wear with them when required. I have managed to make dresses so r and still have bric for a few more, not sure they will all make the cut but its better to have too many to choose from isnt it. Anyways onto where I buy my jersey bric from…
The reason behind my sudden flurry of wrap dress activity is the arrival of *the* most perfect bric in the form of some awesomesport lycrakindly gifted bySpoonflower. Nothing motivates you more than bric sitting there looking all pretty whilst waiting for you to pull your finger out so you can wear it. I mentioned how impressed I was with the quality of their sport lycra when I collaborated with Spoonflowerpreviouslyand I am certainly not disappointed. I have used sports bric for a regular Lady Skater dress before, the finish of the bric gives the resulting dress a more dressy look than cotton lycra can it perfect for occasion wear.
My vourite European jersey brands are as follows, some of them can be easily bought in the UK others less so
I have also ordered a ir bit of bric from Poland, there a number of sites selling awesome prints and the quality has been great so r. Shipping is reasonable too and bric usually arrives within a week. I have personally ordered from the below sites and have been happy with my purchases. Oh and did I mention the bric is super cheap?!
A couple of weeks agoSpoonflowerasked if I would like to join them on their British blog hop. I quickly wrote back explaining that I had purchased from them before and hadnt been happy with the quality but have heard their production has changed and would love an opportunity to try them again and provide a honest review. When I ordered from them in they only offered one of jersey and all orders shipped from the US. With the opening of their Berlin office I was hoping that this meant the quality would be closer to the European knits I usually buy and love. The jersey I previously purchased never got made up, it ded that badly after one wash that it just wasnt worth spending any time creating something. I also only sewed up one of the four kona cotton prints I ordered, the pigmentation was uneven and just wearing the dress caused white dots to appear all over the print. I didnt ever complain, not sure why as my order was nearly , I just decided that Spoonflower didnt work for me.
ModesU knit in the search bar to see them all in one place
Custom Fabrics you can also have your own designs printed up here
The Fabric Foxjust started selling jersey with the arrival of the new Cotton Steel knits, hopefully this is the start of their knit love afir!
I really like the resulting dresses and have even madeJenna cardigansto match. I will update how they hold up to being worn and washed if youre interested. Just need a bit of sunshine now…
Oh hey there! You may have seen over onmy IGthat Ive finally stopped talking about modifying the Lady Skater bodice into a wrap front bodice and actually done it. Wonders never cease. The first attempt was a very wearable toile which taught me that I needed to add a little extra to the length of the wrap over parts to avoid a bit of pulling at the side seams and that I needed to trim a whisker off the length of the back bodice. I also decided that I wanted to add / to the inner shoulder to make the neckline a little more modest and in doing so also raised the back neckline by roughly the same.
This next bunch sell a mixture of all brics and are my go to shops for stalking new arrivals of all bric s. They have really good selections of quality jersey
KapynenI have ordered from them directly, also now stocked atMauds
The thing I love about Spoonflower is the choice of prints from many amazing designers. I had a look through some of my vourite designers Andrea LaurenLittle SmilemakersElvelyckanin case you wondered and my current vourite theme tropical! After much deliberation I settled on two prints, the flamingo print is byAndrea Laurenand the Bananas byHug and Kiss. I decided to have them both printed on the cotton spandex jersey I prefer my jersey to be cotton with some kind of elastane as good recovery is needed on the dress bodice. The whole order process went smoothly, you can track what stage your order is at and you also get notified once it ships.
I also received a swatch pack which is really useful to see how prints look on each substrate and to get a good feel of each brics. I asked for a larger sample of thesport lycraso I could get a good feel for the weight and stretch of the bric swimwear is something I want to have a go at at some point and I have to say I am really impressed. It has a really good weight to it and looked exactly the same after a prewash. Ive had samples from other sites and the quality of the sports lycra from Spoonflower is r superior.
Its much nicer to wear than scuba too, I dont like wearing polyester as a rule but sports lycra is moisture wicking so you dont get that icky feeling you can get from wearing polyester and I dont get all static either. I didnt have to make any further adjustments to compensate for the change in bric but do bear in mind that sports lycra is pretty unforgiving so does show wrinkles and creases more readily than a cotton lycra would. I also decided against top stitching the neckband as stitching is more obvious on the sports lycra, they definitely sit more proudly on top of the bric rather than sinking in and blending like they do on a jersey.
I also buy a lot of jersey on Etsy, mostly from UK sellers though a couple are German. My vourite stores are
Faberwooda small but beautiful collection with several exclusive knit brands yummy!
Mauds Fabric Findswould really appreciate if you use my referral code on your first order if its over , its
If you are miliar with theLady Skater dress by Kitschy Cooyoull probably notice that the shoulders on my pattern piece look nothing like your pattern piece I have narrow, short shoulders so these have been adjusted accordingly, its a standard adjustment for me.
Bambiblauwsmall curated collection shipped from Belgium where I get most of myabout blue bricsfrom
Fabworksquality is hit and miss on the knits but the bric is cheap so…
Ansjeships from Netherlands, lovely curated collection of knits I have found lots of small designers via Ansje
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TFG Fabrics also sells lots of other brics
Some items are provided as samples to review. They are always indicated as such by an astrix *. This does not impact the quality of the review I will always give my honest opinion regardless of the source.
The brics were washed together at and then tumble dried. I took photos before and after the prewash and as you can see colour de was minimal. I checked for any de marks or uneven ding but didnt find any on either bric. One thing to note is the bric doesnt feel smooth to the touch like most jersey bric I have sewn with, its almost as if you can feel the dye on top of the bric if that makes sense.
I scour eBay for new jersey bric and will often take a punt on a bric if I love the print and the price is right. I have bought Liberty jersey from eBay for under a metre and although it is viscose I have learned if I line them with a cotton jersey then that gives them more structure and plain cotton jersey is as cheap as chips on eBay and available in a full rainbow of colours.
This blog post was originally written in August so the first few paragraphs might be bit dated now but the links are all still up to date and I will keep adding to it as and when I find new stores and have purchased from them and am happy with the quality etc
Im really happy with the end result even if Gray does keep trying to wind me up by asking when I am going to go swimming in it…
Naaiplezierships from Netherlands, massive collection of brilliantly priced knits
So would I order again and spend my own hard earned pennies? For the jersey the answer is probably not. The quality of the bric is just not good enough for the price charged in my opinion, my order consisted of yards of jersey and came to . inc VAT and delivery. If I really wanted a specific custom design and the jersey was smooth to the touch after printing then this may change though it still feels a little expensive. The banana print is something I havewanted for yearsafter Topshop promoted but never actually made a banana print dress on a pink , so if I was still in the market for banana print bric I would consider ordering all things considered. I will definitely order the sports lycra, I am yet to find any swimwear bric in a print I like and am really impressed with the quality. Just need to find the time to toile now.
Frumble UKso happy Frumble now sell Knits, nice capsule collection
Ive recently discovered the wonderful world of custom printed jersey and boy the prints are awesome and the quality second to none! I went a little overboard on custom prints at Christmas, there were so many amazing brics I just had to have. Most of the brics have to be preordered then you wait a set timescale while they are printed which is usually a few months, I missed most of the preorders but was lucky enough to be able to grab some once they arrived and had some left over for retail. I have purchased custom jersey from all of the ones listed below. I found most of these via cebook groups, I dont do cebook for anything other than sewing groups and I probably look like a troll as I dont have any friends but the sewing groups are wonderful things even if I dont like actual cebook.
I have been asked many times how I manage to find cool prints in jersey, they really are not that easy to come by but I am always dedicated to the cause so have spent many hours hunting them down. Its a good job I enjoy looking at pretty brics ; Buying knits online can be a bit hit and miss as the bric description can be the same but feel totally different in person. I have learned I dont likeviscose jersey, it is way too drapey for the Lady Skater that skirt needs some body! It is probably perfect for the Colette Moneta though with its gathered skirt and I have seen many lovely versions in viscose jersey. Polyester can be both yucky and b, it is all down to the finish of the bric. Thebanana dressI made is in a yucky polyester, I have worn it once and it is now bobbled where my bag was resting against it so it has been put away for my holiday and will probably be retired when I return. Very sad when that happens. Thisleaf print dressis also a polyester jersey but its slinky to the touch, hangs beautifully and looks more dressy as a result. That gets a big thumbs up from me and I would love to buy more of this kind of poly jersey but its hard to work out which youre going to be getting online. I mostly go for cotton jersey, anything with an elastane content of and much prefer European jerseys to any of the designer jerseys I have tried. They are a lovely weight, wash well and hang beautifully. Im in the UK so my recommendations are UK/Europe based, its not really worth buying from the US at the moment with the value of the pound and custom charges.
Typically it decided to rain most of the weekend so youll have to make do with some indoor shots, trust me though the depth of colour is most impressive. There was no de on prewash and you can barely tell the difference when stretched. This stuff is going to make such an amazing bikini, you bet I have a little more to play with.
I also did a stretch test to see how much of the white shows through when stretched out, this helps me decide if I am going to cut a larger so the bric stays opaque when stretched across the bust. I was happy to see minimal white peeking through so cut out at my usual .
The following shops specialise in, or have a large dress bric selection so have a good choice of jersey brics
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Totally Tropical, a collaboration with Spoonflower
W Collectioncant order directly but now stocked atMauds, yay!
I decided to make a sleevelessLady Skater dresswith the banana print and a just below the elbow sleeve version with the flamingos. The bric sewed up nicely and I had to unpick some coverstitch stitches after it skipped a few stitches and was pleased to see that the stitch holes disappeared with a light press. Spoonflower recommend that you iron the brics on the reverse and a couple of times I ironed directly on the print in autopilot. This didnt do any damage to the print at all but some of the blue did transfer to my iron plate which I didnt notice until it had deposited itself on a seam of my pink cardigan… ah well!
The following shops have a really good choice of jersey prints and mostly specialise in jersey. They were all new to me when I started sewing with jersey but I have now ordered from all of them. I have only included places I have personally ordered from and am happy with the quality of bric and service I have received as I know ordering jersey online can feel quite daunting. While jersey seems expensive at around /m for the European brands I use much less bric, I use .m for a sleeved Lady Skater compared to .m for a sleeved Emery dress. Ive moved Mauds Fabric Finds to this section as they have just decided to mainly focus on jersey brics which is music to my ears.
So there we have it, hopefully something for everyone. Please let me know if you have found any other gems I should be checking out in the comments.