Sewing Jade: knit fabric inspiration

Thank you for the lovely response to Jade, my newest women’s pattern!!! It’s so fun to launch a new pattern and see the excitement and watch as your versions start popping up online. Keep sharing your Jade tees with the tag #mbrjade!

SEWING JADE / knit fabric inspiration

OK guys. I did some knit fabric window shopping for you. And when I say I did it for you I really mean for me because online fabric shopping is one of my favorite ways to waste time. Errr, I mean, do productive “research” for my blog AHEM AHEM AHEM.

Anyway, here are a bunch of knit fabrics, any of which I think would make a lovely Jade tee. I tried to find a nice balance of solids and stripes (I find these are the wardrobe heavy hitters), and fun prints, especially summery ones. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

Jade fabrics

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I found the fun summery fabrics above (mostly jerseys and a few rib knits) at two awesome shops that focus on apparel overstocks, IndieSew and Stylemaker. Purchasing overstock or deadstock is a great way to decrease the environmental impact of your knit sewing, as the fabric comes from bolts that are left over from the garment manufacturing process.

Browse IndieSew knits / Browse Stylemaker knits

Jade fabric recommendations

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The beautiful jerseys shown above are from Maker Mountain (a smaller, more curated shop; she carries mostly Art Gallery and Riley Blake knits) and Raspberry Creek (I do love their double brushed poly jerseys; they’re super soft).

Browse Maker Mountain knits / Browse Raspberry Creek knits

Fabric shopping for the Jade tee

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Next up, knits from La Mercerie and Cali Fabrics. Of the two, La Mercerie is the smallest and highly curated, but it’s one of my favorite new shops to buy knits from — I purchased the striped tencel jersey in navy and white (sadly no longer available, shown in red and white here) and really love it . Cali Fabrics, on the other hand, has an extensive knit selection, to the point that it can be overwhelming. Full disclosure: I’ve never actually purchased fabric from Cali Fabrics, but I’ve seen other people posting about them with good results, so take that as a disclaimer of sorts.

Browse La Mercerie knits / Browse Cali Fabrics knits

jade tee - knit fabric recommendations

From top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 45 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

Finally, some fun knits in summery hues from Fancy Tiger Crafts and Stone Mountain and Daughter, both great shops to visit in person if you ever have the chance. I’m headed to Colorado this summer for a knitting retreat, and I can’t WAIT to visit FTC in Denver. It’s been on my list for a long time. Their knits are always high quality and well curated. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the Bay Area, don’t miss visiting Stone Mountain and Daughter for their extensive selection of apparel fabrics of all kinds!

Browse Stone Mountain and Daughter knits / Browse Fancy Tiger Crafts knits

Did you enjoy this knit fabric roundup? I hope you are feeling inspired to sew your own Jade tees!!

Here are a few more links you might want to check out from my blog:

and of course, you can buy the Jade pattern in the shop!