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, this 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?
The fabric 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 can I make with Ponte Roma jersey fabric?
This is an ideal fabric for those starting to sew stretch fabrics. You will find it is easy to sew, doesn’t fray much and has a firm strong knit which holds its shape well when you cut it. It makes wonderful casual jackets, dresses, tunics, tops, skirts and trousers and flatters the figure much better than some of the more clingy jersey stretch dress fabrics! Additionally, it resists creases well so is great for everyday clothing.
Any tips for sewing with Ponte Roma jersey?
• 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 at 30 degrees Celsius and line dry as tumble drying can damage elastane after time. Press on a medium heat.