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One Pattern, Three Fabrics

Explore how fabric choice can completely change the Alice shirt’s look.

Posted in: Fabric & Textiles • August 31, 2017

The Alice shirt sewn in a cotton jersey knit.

Cotton Jersey

You’ll find jersey knits in many different weights and blends, from cotton or wool to polyester or rayon. Cotton spandex blends are ideal for T-shirts. They are soft, stretchy, and have good recovery. You can experiment to find the perfect percentage of stretch, but 95% cotton and 5% spandex is a nice place to start.

1 | Arizona After from Art Gallery

Art Gallery knits are a special treat, and you can read more about them in this month’s issue, $18.00/yard from The Cloth Pocket.

2 | Striped Jersey

With a simple stripe, you can make a classic knit shirt, $5.98/yard from

3 | Dear Stella Dollop

This soft cotton and spandex blend is perfect for T-shirts and tops, $17.95/yard from The Fabric Cobbler.

International sources for jersey knits: AU, CA, FR, UK, UK

The Alice shirt sewn in organic cotton jersey.

Organic Knits

If you like your fabric to be as organic as your produce, an increasing number of companies are producing high-quality organic fabrics—such as Birch and Organic Cotton Plus. If you have trouble sourcing organic at your local fabric store, check Etsy.

1 | Organic Stretch Jersey

This organic cotton jersey is soft and drapey, $11.99/yard from Mood.

2 | Stone Gray Organic Jersey

Organic jerseys often come in great neutral shades, $7.50/yard from Etsy.

3 | Organic Cotton Baby Rib

Spiritex fabrics are produced entirely in the US, with cotton from Texas, $18.00/yard from Fancy Tiger.

International sources for organic knits: AU, AU, CA, CA, CH, UK, UK

The Alice shirt sewn in merino jersey.

Wool Jersey

Jersey used to exclusively be made from wool, but now cotton jerseys have become more popular, likely due to cost and a rise in knits production. Wool jersey boasts an ideal drape for knitwear and is appropriate for all seasons. It works great in a wide variety of garments, from T-shirts to leggings.

1 | Wool Double Knit in Sandshell

This thick, cozy wool has a good amount of stretch, $24.99/yard from Mood.

2 | Helmut Lang Grenadine Wool Jersey

This wool jersey is soft and lightweight, its texture similar to a bamboo knit, $19.99/yard from Mood.

3 | Merino Sweatshirting

A little thicker than merino jersey, this is a good medium-weight option, $38.00NZD/meter from The Fabric Store.

International sources for wool jersey: AU, CA, UK

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