Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fabric of the week: Jersey

This week, with cold weather settling in, I feel like a knit. Jersey is the most basic knit, the kind you learn to do first when you knit by hand. Jersey is also made by knitting machines, in all weights and fibers.

Vogue Cover - August 1910  by F. Graham Cootes/Condé Nast Collection

But first: I’m happy to see the VFG Fabric Resource is in Threads Daily Blog this week! Associate editor Stephani Miller discusses the ways to search for a mystery fabric in the resource.

This is from the VFG Fabric Resource:
Jersey (also called single knit) is the simplest plain knit fabric, with two distinct sides. The face has vertical ribs while the reverse has horizontal rows. Sometimes the fabric is used with the technical back on the outside. 
Jersey can be light to heavy and made of any natural or manufactured fiber, although originally wool. It gets its name from its history of being made on the island of Jersey, in the Channel Islands off the English coast, and traditionally used for fishermen’s garb. 
Uses: Wide range from socks, underwear and sleepwear, to day wear and sportswear, to evening gowns
See also:

Wool jersey, face
Wool jersey, reverse
 ©Vintage Fashion Guild - Text by Margaret Wilds/denisebrain,  photos by Hoyt Carter

Acetate/nylon jersey dress, in my Etsy shop

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