Over the decade of my design work in Alabama, I have tried endless types of fabrics and combinations of fabrics; however, our clients return over, and over again, to our organic cotton jersey. And as often as I have wanted to move away from cotton jersey, I reach for it each morning as I get dressed. In my busy life, it is like having pajama day every day. (If you can call an all-over, hand-embroidered dress a pajama.)
However, there is truth in the fact that one of our embroidered dresses can take you from morning coffee to an evening event with little modification. (I do normally stop to change shoes.) Consequently, I have come to know a lot about organic cotton jersey.
Cotton-jersey fabric comes in a variety of weights and those weights are commonly described as ounces per linear yard. For the last decade at Alabama Chanin, we have been using a medium-weight jersey that averages 9.80 ounces per linear yard. However, we recently started working with a lightweight jersey that is stretchier than the medium-weight fabric and averages 4.76 ounces per linear yard.
I adore the quality of this new fabric when worked in our back-stitch reverse applique with our Anna’s Garden stencil. After several requests, we have added this new fabric to our online store. There are several colors in stock and new colors arrive weekly.
The outfit above (in Sand and Black) features two patterns from our upcoming Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. Both the T-shirt Top and the Mid-Length Skirt are perfect in our new lightweight cotton jersey. I am currently making the Long Sleeve T-Shirt Tunic from Alabama Studio Style in the steel colored, lightweight cotton jersey using a back-stitch reverse applique Anna’s Garden stencil (as in the photo below). I foresee this being my new favorite piece for summer and fall – while layering it with a t-shirt for the winter.