ribbing fabric

Across the Fabrics Galore website, we have a wide range of different fabrics available - including ribbed jersey and ribbing fabric. These materials are perfect to use if you are looking to produce a professional finish for your jersey and sweatshirt projects. But, what is the difference between ribbed jersey and ribbing fabric?

The differences between ribbed jersey and ribbing fabric

There are a number of differences between these two fabrics, with the first being, ribbed jersey is not a ribbing fabric. Ribbing fabric is very soft and lightweight, being considerably stretchier compared to ribbed jersey. 

On the other hand, ribbed jersey is considerably thicker and is not as stretchy, but the alternating knit-and-purl technique used to produce it means it is the perfect fabric to create a warm, winter garment. Ribbed material is typically made of cotton fibres, rayon fibres or a blend, and feels thicker due to its texture. You can make drapey flattering clothes with this, such as cardigans, sweaters, camisoles and more - as well as bands on turtlenecks. 

How to choose your jersey ribbing fabric 

When purchasing jersey ribbing fabric, there are a number of different styles to choose from - which are highlighted in the product descriptions. For example, 1x1 ribbing fabric is made by alternating single lines of knit and purl stitches. Whereas, 2x2 fabric is perfect if you need additional stretch in your garment, which is achieved by alternating 2 knit and 2 purl stitches.

What ribbing fabrics you choose is completely dependent on the dressmaking project you are looking to complete. If you are looking to design something lightweight, such as a t-shirt, 1x1 fabric is most likely the better choice. On the other hand, if you are looking to design a sweatshirt, or outerwear in general, 2x2 ribbing would work well. You can create a form-fitting garment, which does not constrain movement but still keeps you warm. 

Fabrics Galore ribbing fabrics

Fabrics Galore Jersey Ribbing Fabric is a cotton elastane tubular knit which can be folded and is primarily used for sweatshirt collars and cuffs. It is useful as you don’t need to sew a seam into the neckband of your T-shirt or sweatshirt. The 1x1 ribbing we stock is a high- quality fine ribbing ideally used in sweatshirting. You can find our ribbing fabric on our dedicated Dressmaking menu whereas our ribbed jersey fabrics belong to our jersey collection. 

The Fabrics Galore ribbing fabrics are not only of a premium quality but also meet the Oeko-tex standard for textile fabric products – you can read more about this safety standard on our dedicated blog.

Do you need assistance? 

Here at Fabrics Galore, we completely understand how difficult it can be when trying to make the right decision on your fabric - which is why we are here to help. All of our fabrics, including jersey ribbing fabric, are suitable for a variety of dressmaking projects, including winter coats and outerwear to help keep you warm during the colder months. If you require any more information regarding our gorgeous fabrics, you are more than welcome to contact our team. 

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