First I think we should start with a definition of what Ponte Fabric is...
Textile.com has this definition for "ponte di roma":
"A fabric made in a double knit construction, usually produced in one color rather than color patterns. This plain fabric has an elastic quality with a slight horizontal line. The fabric looks the same on both sides. Weft knitted, interlock based, double jersey structure. Means 'roman bridge' which is suggested by the arrangement of loops. The fabric looks the same on both sides."
How about a few pics of ponte fabric...these are all from my collection:
Solid color pontes
Interesting prints in ponte
Prints and solid colored ponte
Where do I purchase ponte from~
Everywhere! Seriously I own quite a few pieces from Mood Fabrics in NYC ~
Cardigan from a tweed ponte
A Laminated Ponte
These dresses have ponte from Fabric Mart, fabric.com and Vogue Fabrics
...these pieces were all sewn in the last 12 months...
My flat fold fabric collection has ponte from Gorgeous Fabrics, Sawyer Brook and EOS. See I told you everywhere...and I have it in every color that I like, as well as, a variety of prints and plaids.
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Now lets start at the top. You've brought or gotten your fabric home and you know what you want to make from it.
- Pre-treating it is next. So how do I pre-treat this fabric?
- Into the washer it goes.
- Next the dryer on medium heat.
- I'm not trying to bake it, just take the shrinkage out of it and any finishing that may have been applied.
- A quick press and it's ready for the cutting table.
Here are a few of my sewing tips ~
- I treat ponte like it's a woven fabric with a little stretch and not a knit fabric.
- I use a size 80 needle on midweight ponte
- My stitch length is 2.9/3.0
- I don't pull or stretch the fabric as I feed it through my sewing machine
- Otherwise stitch like I would a woven fabric
- I use a pressing cloth when pressing the seams open and flat.
...and that's it. Sew up your garment and wear it with pride. Someone told me that ponte is passe. I think of ponte like maxi dresses. At first it was a trend and then the comfort factor kicked in. I think garments made from ponte will be around for a minute just like maxi dresses because for real women comfort is so much more important than trends.
As previously mentioned, I have a few more ponte dresses planned for this spring/summer. I hope that you will use ponte in some of your own garments this summer!
...as always more later!