Care and Sewing of Ponte Knit

Our ponte knit is the finest in the marketplace.  Compared to other ponte, it has:

  • More natural rayon content, so it is absorbent and breathable - truly a 4-season fabric. in most climates.
  • More spandex, so it is more shape-stable and resists bagging in the seat, knees or elbows.
  • A finer-gauge knit construction to eliminate the pilling that is a problem with lesser-quality ponte.

It is produced in a US factory with the same eco-certification as  Patagoina and Eileen Fisher. We love it so much that we stock over 20 colors!

STYLE CHOICES: This fabric is stable enough for pants, skirts and structured jackets, but soft enough for shell tops, grown-up leggings and drape-front cardigans.  That makes it ideal for the Core Four pieces we recommend as the foundation for a mix/match wardrobe.  This blog post will give you that specific wardrobe plan if you aren't already familiar with it.

It is also great for shaped dresses, but not for tops or dress styles with gathered fullness.   Here are some examples of ponte garments:


PRESHRINKING & CARE: Wash and dry the fabric (and finished garments) on delicate cycle.  Over-drying is damaging to any fabric, and this one is no exception. Pre-washing relaxes the fabric to its original length:width proportions if it was stretched a bit in manufacturing.  However I haven't found a need to allow extra yardage for shrinkage.

SEAM OPTIONS: Ponte can be sewn with either a 3-thread or 4-thread serged seam or a traditional 5/8" seam pressed-open seam.  For maximum durability - especially in fitted garments - you'll want a bit of stretch built into the seams.  For a pressed-open seam you can either stretch the fabric a bit as you sew or choose the narrowest zigzag stitch setting.

EDGE FINISHES: I most often use self-binding or a rib-style trim finish for neckline and armhole edges rather than traditional facings.

ZIPPERS: The fabric has enough stretch that I usually skip zippers and make the garments as pull-ons instead.  But the fabric is stable enough for traditional construction methods if you prefer.

HEMS:  I choose one of these methods:

  • Blind hem stitch on a traditional machine
  • Commercial-style blind hemmer
  • Cover stitch
  • Twin-needle topstitch.
  • Flexible hand stitch

I know you'll adore sewing with this fabric ... nearly as much as you'll enjoy wearing it.  Which colors will you sew first?  Check out our color assortment now!