ALL ABOUT PONTE ROMA – PERFECT FOR AUTUMN/WINTER CLOTHING
WHAT IS PONTE ROMA JERSEY FABRIC?
Ponte Roma Jersey (also known as Ponte Di Roma) is a double knit jersey dress fabric. Made of a combination of polyester, viscose/rayon and spandex, Ponte Roma fabric looks similar on both sides. You will find it is easy to sew, as it is a stable knit, and it is less stretchy than many other jersey dress fabrics.
WHY IS THIS FABRIC CALLED PONTE ROMA?
Ponte Roma originates from Italy and ‘Ponti di Roma’ means ‘Roman bridge’. Look closely at the fabric and you can see how the loop structure of the knit resembles bridge arches.
WHAT IS PUNTO DI MILANO JERSEY?
Punto Di Milano is a heavier Ponte Roma Jersey. Our Punto Di Milano has a weight of 320g per m2 and so is suitable for sewing sweaters, dresses, skirts, tunics and jackets. It is also Oeko-Tex certified.
WHAT CAN I MAKE WITH PONTE ROMA JERSEY FABRIC?
Ponte Roma Jersey makes an ideal fabric for those starting to sew stretch fabrics. You will find it is easy to sew, doesn’t fray or curl much and has a firm strong knit which holds its shape well when you cut it.
Ponte Roma jersey fabric makes wonderful casual jackets, dresses, tunics, tops, skirts and trousers. It flatters the figure much better than some of the more clingy jersey stretch dress fabrics! It also resists creases well so is great for everyday clothing. Below are just a small selection of the patterns we sell that are suitable for Ponte Roma:
- Alex & Olive Tops – The Sewing Workshop
- The True Bias Lodo Dress
- The Tabor Top- Sew House Seven
- Nina Lee Southbank Sweater & Sweater Dress Pattern
- Sew Liberated – Stasia Dress
Additionally, below is a link to a Ponte Roma Poncho Tutorial from Simply Sewing Magazine:
ANY TIPS FOR SEWING WITH PONTE ROMA?
- We recommend using a ball point/ jersey needle: 70/10 to 80/12
- Stay-tape can be useful for stabilising seams around armholes, shoulders and necklines
- You don’t need a serger/overlocker to sew jerseys, an ordinary sewing machine will work just fine. An optional twin needle will make a professional looking finish for topstitching.
- An all purpose sewing foot is suitable. A walking foot will be easier if sewing multiple layers.
- Test the stitching on a small off-cut first. A stitch length of around 3 to 3.5 is recommended.
- Do not pull the fabric through the machine when sewing, but stretch it slightly.
HOW DO I WASH AND CARE FOR PONTE ROMA JERSEY?
As with most fabrics we recommend washing Ponte Roma before cutting and sewing. Wash Ponte Roma at 30 degrees Celsius and line dry as tumble drying can damage elastane after time. Press your Ponte Roma on a medium heat.
Dragonfly Fabrics stock a wide selection of beautiful plain colours in our Ponte Roma jersey fabric range, along with some attractive Cable Knit Jacquards and the slightly heavier Punto Di Milano.
View the range on the link below: