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Fabulous Ponte Knits

An easy blend of stretch, structure, and contemporary style

Threads #207, Feb./March 2020
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If you were stranded on a desert island with only one fabric to sew, it should be ponte knit. It’s not your grandmother’s polyester double-knit—the stuff of 1970s leisure suits—but the luxurious rayon/nylon/spandex ponte of today. This fabric is featured in high-end sportswear and separates collections from discerning designers. Home sewers can purchase top-quality ponte knit affordably, and make wardrobe basics and fashion forward pieces that are wonderful to wear.

What is so special about ponte knits? For starters, they are elegant. Their smooth surface and wrinkle-resistant hand give the look of a finely woven fabric but keep garments looking fresh and lovely all day. Ponte offers the comfort of a knit, but with some stability. Contemporary ponte includes a large percentage of rayon, which is soft and breathable, and is a year-round fabric in most climates. The knit construction has some give, with…

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