Cotton Jersey Fabric Information
Jersey fabric is a soft, warm stretchy fabric that is made from cotton, silk, or synthetic fibers. Named for the Isle of Jersey, part of the Channel Islands between Britain and France, jersey fabric has small, distinctive lengthwise ribs on its front side. The material has an excellent drape, creases well and insulates nicely. Jersey is renowned for its ability to stretch, up to 25% along the grain, and as such is well suited for form fitting garments.
Jersey is often used for clingy skirts and shirts, as well as casual wear and athletic wear. Cotton jersey is machine washable in cold water, and should be tumble dried on low. When cutting and sewing jersey fabric, it is recommended that the material be washed first, to eliminate issues related to shrinkage later in the process.