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Dressmaking with Jersey Fabrics - How to sew with jersey.

In the world of dressmaking, there's a versatile and beloved fabric that holds a special place in the hearts of designers and DIY enthusiasts alike: jersey. Known for its stretchy, soft, and comfortable feel, jersey fabric has become a staple choice for creating a wide range of garments, from casual t-shirts and loungewear to formal dresses, underwear and activewear. In this blog post, we'll delve into the wonderful world of jersey fabric and discover why it's the perfect choice for your next dressmaking project.

What is Jersey Fabric?

Jersey fabric is a knit textile made from one of several types of fibers, including cotton, polyester, viscose, or a blend of these materials. It's characterized by its unique knitting technique, which creates a smooth, elastic fabric. Jersey has various percentages of stretch and recovery with a lovely drape, making it incredibly comfortable to wear and easy to work with. Despite your fears!

Why Choose Jersey for Dressmaking?

  1. Comfort: One of the most appealing aspects of jersey fabric is its unparalleled comfort. The stretchiness of jersey allows for freedom of movement, making it ideal for garments that need to accommodate body curves or require a snug fit without feeling restrictive. Whether you're making a form-fitting dress or a cozy pair of pajamas, jersey fabric will ensure maximum comfort all day long.

  1. Versatility: Jersey fabric comes in a variety of weights and compositions, making it suitable for a wide range of dressmaking projects. From lightweight and breathable cotton jersey for summer dresses to heavier and more structured ponte knit for tailored jackets, there's a jersey fabric to suit every style and season.

  2. Ease of Sewing: Unlike woven (non stretch) fabrics, which can be prone to fraying and require special finishing techniques, jersey fabric is forgiving and easy to sew. Its stretchiness allows for seams to stretch with the fabric, reducing the risk of puckering or distortion. Additionally, jersey doesn't require hemming in many cases, as the edges naturally roll and don't fray. But not in all cases.

  3. Wrinkle Resistance: Another advantage of jersey fabric is its wrinkle resistance. Jersey garments tend to hold their shape well and require minimal ironing or pressing, making them perfect for travel or everyday wear.

Dressmaking Tips for Working with Jersey Fabric

  1. Choose the Right Needle and Thread: When sewing with jersey fabric, it's important to use the correct needle and thread. Choose a ballpoint or stretch needle, which is designed to glide through knit fabrics without snagging or damaging the fibers. Likewise, use a polyester or cotton-wrapped polyester thread, as these are more elastic and less likely to break than traditional cotton thread. Or using a quality thread such as gutterman and their maraflex thread is a bonus as it is a thread which stretches. You can find these instore at Fiver Fabric

  2. Use a Stretch Stitch: To prevent seams from popping or breaking when the fabric stretches, use a stretch stitch on your sewing machine, such as a zigzag stitch or a narrow, closely spaced straight stitch. Alternatively, you can use an overlocker for professional-looking, seam finishes. We recommend always practicing on a small piece first to ensure you have the correct tensions and preferred stitch for your fabric.

  3. Pre-treat Your Fabric: Before cutting and sewing your jersey fabric, be sure to pre-wash and pre-shrink it. This will help prevent your finished garment from shrinking or distorting after washing. Polyester does not usually shrink but it is always a good diea to pre wash to avoid this, as well as, to help remove any chemicals from the manufacturing process.

  4. Experiment with Patterns: Jersey fabric is incredibly versatile and can be used to create a wide range of garments, from simple t-shirts and tank tops to more complex dresses and activewear. Experiment with different patterns and styles to find the perfect design for your project, and don't be afraid to mix and match colors and textures for added interest.


In the world of dressmaking, jersey fabric reigns supreme for its comfort, versatility, and ease of sewing. Whether you're a seasoned seamstress or a novice DIY enthusiast, jersey fabric is a fantastic choice for creating stylish and comfortable garments that you'll love to wear day after day. So why not give it a try and unleash your creativity with this beloved fabric? With jersey, the possibilities are endless!

Don't forget to check out the ever changing range from Fiver Fabric. The perfect place to buy your jersey fabric, to start you on your dressmaking journey. Check out these customer makes using Fiver Fabric Jersey:

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