When you sew lingerie, you have the creative power to pick a fabric that isn’t just plain cotton jersey. Add some texture! Waffle knits, pique, merino wool, and rib knits are fun options. If you want to make sure your textured knit isn’t too thick or stiff, look for blends that contain rayon, soy, or bamboo.
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 and they also work well for casual lingerie. 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. For extra softness, look for blends that include bamboo, soy, or rayon.
Printed Jersey Knits
Printed jersey knits behave a little differently than solid-colored jersey knits. The type of ink used for the print can affect the texture and drape of the fabric, and sometimes the fabric will warp when washed. Stripes are sometimes visible only on the right side of the fabric, but if the fabric is yarn dyed, the stripes will appear on both right and wrong sides of the fabric. If you aren’t sure how your printed jersey will wear, order a swatch or wash with cold water to prevent shrinking.
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