This is a first for me on my blog, it isn't so much a review of sewing patterns but of the fabric itself! I was lucky enough to be selected as a 'strike-off' sewer for this beautiful fabric to test it's properties to the max! I washed it, tumble dried it, checked for colour running, fading and shrinkage and sewed it up into various different garments to test how it sews, stretches, wears and looks! Here are my findings and finished garments with no editing to the photos to try and show as natural a representation as possible in different lighting.
I received a 1 metre sample of this digitally printed 240gsm 95/5% cotton lycra jersey fabric. It measures at least 52" (132cm) wide with any additional width being classed as selvage with the possibilities of that selvage containing flaws. The print can also be ordered on swim knit (220gsm weight 84% polyester 16% lycra) and plush (220gm weight 100% polyester fabric) but I didn't test those fabrics.
So the first thing I did upon receiving the fabric was measure it. My sample measured 148x109cm (approx 58x43") and I couldn't see any flaws upon inspection. I then needed to wash and dry it. I decided to cut a small rectangle from the corner to leave unwashed to compare colours before and after and because I wanted to really test it out, I washed at 40 degrees with a colour catcher and even tumble dried for maximum effect!
Once washed and tumble dried, my sample measured 142x101cm (approx 56x39.5") which is just 4% shrinkage in width and 7% in length, nicely under the 10% I normally expect!
As I know everyone's computer screens show colours slightly differently I matched up the 3 main colours in the fabric to Gutermann threads so you can double check they are how you pictured them!
What did I make?
As much as I could squeeze out of it!! I loved it so much I didn't want to waste any! With quite a lot of jigsawing of pattern pieces, I managed a top, skirt, 2 pairs of undies and 2 csp!
Top is Date Night Dress by Rad Patterns
Skirt is Mama Chloe Skirt by Made for Mermaids
Underwear with wide band is Scrundlewear by A Stitch upon a Time
Underwear with narrow bands is the Foxy by Little Finch
CSP are the 8.5 and liner from Lunawolf
How did it sew?
Very nicely! I used a rotary cutter and the curling of the fabric edges was minimal, it was stable enough a fabric that I only needed a few ballpoint pins to hold it in place. I used a stretch needle in my sewing and overlocker machines and had no skipped stitches at all. It has a nice amount of 4 way stretch to it so is suitable for many different patterns as shown by my projects. I really enjoyed sewing with it.
How can you buy some?
This fabric is being run as part of round 12 by JK Jersey Fabrics UK. To make sure you get some, you'll need to pre-order by joining their facebook group HERE and then filling in the order form HERE! It is expected to arrive in 6-8 weeks time from the close of pre-order at which point there may be a small amount of fabric to buy at retail once pre-orders have been fulfilled. Be sure to check out all the other round 12 fabrics as well as all the tester photos on their Facebook group too!
Hi! I'm Sarah and I live with my 2 boys and my Husband in East Anglia, UK. I enjoy sewing for my family and it is my aim to have a completely MeMade wardrobe for us all!