Across the market, there are a variety of different types of stretch fabric available for you to choose between, and its popularity is due to its comfort, recovery and bounce. It is also important to understand there is a difference between knitted and woven stretch fabrics. As there are so many to choose from, it is so important to get your fabrics right and make sure your finished garment hangs exactly as you want it to. To help you make your mind up, the team at Fabrics Galore have put together this guide to the different types of stretch fabrics in the UK.
Jersey stretch fabrics
Jersey fabric can be found in soft, stretchy dresses, polo shirts, and tops, as well as in sheets. Across the market, there are now so many more options for patterns as the popularity of this fabric has grown. It is a soft stretchy, knit fabric that was originally made from wool, but is now made from cotton blends and synthetic fibres. Its stretchy properties make it a great choice for items that require movement, especially as it provides great comfort for the wearer. Apart from knitted jersey stretch, you also get woven stretch fabrics such as our lemon stretch cotton sateen which is a customer favourite, has a one way stretch and is ideal for making capri pants.
Cotton elastane fabric
Just like jersey stretch fabrics, elastane fabric has amazing stretch as well as great recovery, and is made of fibres which are man-made. The fibres are never used alone and are used in combination with other yarns such as polyester, cotton and viscose. Here at Fabrics Galore, we truly believe that the invention of this fibre changed things for the better throughout the clothing industry - especially for the performance and sportswear sector. It is very lightweight and breathable, making it ideal as it still allows freedom of movement for anyone looking to exercise.
Viscose elastane fabric
Although polyester and cotton are often used for sportswear, the blend of viscose and elastane is the perfect balance to create a soft smooth finish which feels lovely against your skin. It is lightweight and drapes beautifully, so it can be used to make more flowing dresses and clothing garments which are skin-friendly and have the appearance of cotton or silk.
Double jersey fabric
This type of jersey fabric is a heavier material and less stretchy than usual jersey fabric and is the perfect fabric choice for more structured and durable pieces - like blazers. Double jersey fabric is also commonly referred to as Ponti di Roma or Ponte Roma, which has a firm strong knit that holds its shape. Its name refers to the looped composition, which when magnified resembles bridge arches - also known as “Bridges of Rome”. If you are looking to start a dressmaking project, or even create fashionable accessories such as scarves, double jersey fabric would be ideal for you.
If you are looking to design and make a sweatshirt, the fabrics are often made from a blend of fabrics which create a smooth, soft surface which is stretchy and comfortable to wear. However, depending on the sweatshirting project you are looking to take on, fabric blends can also be used to take on a variety of textures. For example, you can make the decision to use blended brushed back, fleece-backed and double-face fabric, it is completely up to you and the look you want to achieve.
Denim stretch fabrics
Stretch denim is a cotton/polyester blend of fabric which incorporates a small amount of elastane, providing the wearer with more flexibility. Many people find them to be softer and more comfortable than standard jeans, whilst incorporating more recovery and bounce – jeans with stretch denim typically including one to three percent elastane. Fabrics Galore stocks a variety of stretch denim fabrics in amazing colours like hot pink and turquoise.
Would you like to buy stretch fabric for your next dressmaking project?
Fabrics Galore tend to stock fabrics with a maximum of 5% stretch rather than the 20% stretch often used in dancewear and lycra products. If you are looking to purchase stretch fabrics in the UK, please do not hesitate to visit the Fabrics Galore website. If you would like to talk over any queries you may have regarding our fabrics with a dedicated member of the Fabrics Galore team, then just give us a call now on 020 7738 9589.