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What is “tulle jersey”

Elaray | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I want to make a dress from BWOF. The recommended fabric for the contrasting sleeves is “tulle jersey”. “Tulle” makes me think the fabric is translucent and it’s obviously a knit – look at the lettuce edge on the sleeve. I’ve googled tulle jersey and searched on a few online fabric stores. The results were disappointiing. Is tulle jersey called by another name in the United States? Can anyone give me more information on this fabric?


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Edited 4/5/2007 7:38 am ET by Elaray


  1. solosmocker | | #1

    While I don't know the technical name for it, I have seen much stretch knit netting in my favorite fabric store as well as garments in catalogues. Maybe that is it. It looks like tulle but you touch it and it stretches like the dickens. I have seen it in prints and solids. I really like it.

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    I think the U.S. term for the fabric shown in the photo is "single knit" or "single knit jersey." Diane Von Furstenburg dresses were made of synthetic single knit, and silk and wool jersey work well for this style.I think the term "tulle" in this case just means "very sheer or lightweight" single knit.

  3. SewNancy | | #3

    Mesh knit would be the equivilent, but you need to line it in the body. You can use any light weight stretch knit, like an onionskin or single span knit for this dress. See http://www.emmaonesock.com. She has some fabulous knits

  4. MarshaK | | #4

    I love that dress, which BWOF was the pattern in? Marsha.

    1. jatman | | #5

      Hi MarshK!  I'm not sure if you've gotten an answer to your question or not but in case you haven't - the dress is from the Plus section of Burda WOF from April 2007.


      1. MarshaK | | #6

        Thanks for the info, I was wondering if gremlins had run off with my question. I'll have to see if I can find the April issue the next time I'm in the city, only one sewing machine dealer carries BWOF, that I know of. That's in Edmonton, Alberta. Marsha.

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