If you have a fear of knits, Ponte de Roma is a great fabric to start with. It is a double-knit interlock fabric that has stability and firmness in addition to flexibility and softness. Ponte fabric has a subtle matte sheen and incredible soft drape. Solid colours are the same on both sides. It is one of the easiest knits to sew and you don't have to finish the seams. The upshot is that it is very flattering on most figures. Prewash before cutting.
The Ponte that we are most familiar with is medium heavy weight at 320 gsm / 9.4 osg. The combination of rayon, nylon and spandex makes for breathability, durability and good recovery. Two patterns that are perfect for the 320g Ponte are the Sandra Betzina Skirt and the Helix Pant, both from The Sewing Workshop. You can't go wrong with these basics in your wardrobe.
Ponte is also available in a lighter version, a medium weight of 230 gsm / 6.78 osy. It has many of the same properties except it is drapier and lighter than the standard Ponte. It is perfect for knit dresses like the Memphis or Cityscapes.
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