For several years I’ve frantically searched for great printed knits, like a demented stretch-obsessed magpie. They’re just so hard to find! So when I was in the UK this summer and I popped into John Lewis I immediately ran straight for this gorgeous rose print ITY knit. It’s by John Kaldor, a well-known fabric brand in the UK but something I’ve never seen in the US. Of course I snapped some up and here’s my latest Appleton Dress:
The fabric is a poly/spandex ITY (very similar to jersey but knit in a different way), but for reasons unbeknownst to me, while a lot of polys are nasty, some are much much nicer. Like this one! It’s drapey but not clingy, and doesn’t have that weird feeling polys sometimes can have.
So that’s another addition to my Appleton wardrobe… because clearly I need more! And because this knit doesn’t crease and machine washes and dries easily I have a suspicion I’ll probably be wearing this 5.5 days a week…
Finally, I do have one exciting thing to mention! I loved this jersey so much I decided to track it down from the manufacturer, and I managed to get a hold of a few bolts.
So you can now buy this to make your own floral Appleton! It comes in two formats: as a kit, which has 2.75 yards of the ITY (enough to make the long-sleeved version in any size), plus a copy of the Appleton; and by the yard, in case you already have your pattern or want to make a different knit pattern like the Colette Moneta, or the Lady Skater.
Are you a fan of large-scale florals? Are there any other types of jersey you’d like me to sniff down with my print-jersey-radar?