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Jersey – everything you should know about jersey fabric
When you start to look for the suit that is right for you, you will soon realise that the range of fabrics on offer is huge. You’ll be spoilt for choice.
When choosing a fabric, you should make sure that it is neither too light nor too heavy, firm or flowing and stretchy or non-stretch to precisely meet your requirements. Another important factor is that fabrics used for clothing should have temperature regulating properties. If you are looking for a light, flowing and temperature regulating fabric, jersey is the perfect choice for you. Jersey is not woven but extremely knitted on machines using extremely fine needles. It can be recognised by its typical ribbed finish.
In this guide, we look at jersey fabric in detail and examine the various types, the advantages each has to offer and how to care for jersey fabrics.
Jersey – soft, supple and stretchy.
By the way, it is said that the fabric was named after the Channel Island of Jersey. Apparently, the first jumpers made from this material were hand-knitted there for the local fishermen.
Jersey is already quite stretchy purely due to its knitted structure. However, adding synthetic fibres, especially elastane, makes the fabric even more stretchy and guarantees not only an optimum fit but also utter comfort.
This fabric is also relatively lightweight and therefore feels soft and smooth on the skin. The clothing industry has been using jersey fabrics for years – for example for tops, dresses, trousers, skirts and jackets.
We at bugatti also appreciate this fabric for its positive properties; it is our preferred choice for suits, trousers, jackets and coats.
Imagine yourself sitting in the office in hot weather and having to attend an important, demanding meeting. In this situation, it is especially important that your suit fits you well and does not restrict your movements. No matter how much time you have spent seated, the trousers must not become baggy, and the fabric should not make you sweat even more. Clothing made from jersey fabric meets all of these requirements and is therefore a perfect choice.
there are different types of jerseys.
Jersey fabrics are often made from mixed fibres, for example viscose, cotton or also silk blends.
Jersey with a viscose content is lighter and stretchier than cotton jersey. It also looks smoother and shinier than the more matte and dull looking cotton fabric.
Viscose is made from wood. You don’t have to worry about perspiration when wearing viscose jersey as cellulose can absorb sweat just as well as cotton.
Adding elastane makes the fibres extremely elastic – just like a rubber band. For example, trousers made from jersey will therefore not sag in the knee or posterior area even when they are subjected to heavy strain or stretching.
Silk jersey is an extremely sophisticated fabric that is used for particularly high-quality suits. The extremely fine silk threads result in a light, airy and elastic texture.
Single jersey is knitted using alternating rows of knit and purl stitches, which makes the fabric more elastic. It is quite thin and falls in a slightly flowing way.
Double jersey is knitted using either only knit or only purl stitches. This improves the fabric quality and makes it more robust.
Interlock is knitted using two rows of needles. The front and the reverse side look identical. This type of jersey basically consists of two layers of single jersey woven together on the reverse using a special threading technique. The double layer makes the fabric more durable, opaque and warm.
Fabrics with an attractive textured pattern are created by slipping stitches which are then caught again. This fabric is also knitted using two rows of needles.
Jersey’s elasticity can be tricky when sewing the fabric.
Depending on the blend and the knitting technique used, some jersey fabrics can be quite difficult to sew. Sewing thicker double jersey is likely to be easier than sewing the thinner single jersey. Even just cutting the fabric can be a challenge.
The lighter and stretchier the fabric is, the more slippery it will be.
Jersey also tends to roll up, which can make sewing it a frustrating experience. You will achieve the best results with an overlock machine. However, you can also use an ordinary sewing machine, provided you use a special jersey or stretch fabric needle.
Thanks to its rounded tip, it punctures the fabric between the individual stitches, which does not damage it and also leaves no holes. You must also use an elastic stitch to ensure that the seams are as flexible as possible.
Jersey – not only comfortable but also easy to care for.
Jersey fabric is not only comfortable to wear but has also become well-known for being particularly easy to care for. However, you should remember some aspects when washing and drying jersey.
If you can essentially launder the piece of clothing yourself without any problems, you should definitely select your machine’s delicates cycle or choose to wash it by hand. If the garment has an elastane content of more than 10%, the maximum water temperature should be 30 degrees. It is also a good idea to use a gentle or wool detergent.
If you want to enjoy your favourite piece of clothing for a long time to come, you should air dry it flat to ensure that it definitely retains its perfect shape.
Jersey fabrics do not need to be ironed. In fact, you should actually refrain from ironing them as this might damage the fibres. However, should it become a little bit creased, although this is unusual, you can iron it very carefully with the iron set at the lowest temperature. If in doubt, you should iron a very small piece in an inconspicuous place first of all to check how the fabric reacts to being ironed.
Conclusion – why is jersey so popular?
To summarise, we can say that altogether, jersey is an extremely comfortable fabric, which is also why we use it for bugatti suits. It keeps its shape, which ensures that garments made from jersey are very robust and durable. The fabric also feels very comfortable on the skin – even in hot weather.
- Soft and supple
- Stretchy yet keeps its shape
- Temperature regulating
- Easy to care for