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Picking Fabric for Your Pisco

Posted by Betsy C on

Have you made your first Pisco yet? If you have, you may have found that it’s hard to stop at just one, especially if you are making the tank versions. Personally, my mind is heading towards fall so I’m all about the layers. My Piscos are going to go perfect under my collection of Cabernet Cardigans and Brooklyn hoodies. 

If you are just getting started or are looking for the right fabric to make a Pisco to call your own, let me tempt you with some fabric candy.

I know, I know. Your stash is overflowing. if wealth was measured in fabric, we are all bajillionaires. But hey, any excuse, right?

A couple of tips:

  • Look for something that has a minimum of 35% stretch. Yes, that is pretty specific but let me tell you I made a ponte dress with such and I can get it on, but it’s a bit of a squeeze. I wouldn’t choose something with less stretch. I don’t want anyone to get stuck in their dress. Not a good look.
  • Not every fabric retailer gives fabric stretch percentages so a good rule of thumb is to look for something that has about 2% lycra/ spandex. This addition is made to the fiber content to make sure the knit can achieve a certain amount of stretch and recover.
  • the stretch of knits can vary alot. For instance a dense ponte may be pretty rigid, but a rib knit could be really loose. I would say if you are choosing a rib knit, size down.

For everyday Pisco Tanks

Can we go wrong with bamboo jerseys? I think not.

Bamboo Jersey in Wine- From Mood Fabrics
Athletic Fabrics
If a workout Pisco tank is the look you are going for, look no further than these performance fabrics.
Strata Athletic Knit in Aqua- From PeekaBooFabricShop
Heathered Athletic knit in Plum- From Blackbird Fabrics
Artists Palette Scuba- From Spool of Thread
The Pisco Dress can be a great workplace staple. For a professional polished look, I would start with Ponte knits.
Arietta Ponte de Roma Solid Burgundy- From Stylemaker Fabrics

Lilac Pink Ponte Di Roma Double Knit -From Boho Fabrics

Unique Dresses

For a more relaxed and casual Pisco dress here are some choices to make your Pisco one of a kind.

Sweater Knit - Knitted Black and White by Threadbare Fabrics

Wool Speckle Knit – Peacock-From Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics

Linen Knit- from B&J Fabrics

Hemp/Organic Cotton Jersey Orange

Print and Colorblocking

The Pisco is perfect for color blocking and matching prints to a solid. Here are a few gems that would be great prints to pair with a solid.

Hydrangea Jersey Knit- from Fancy Tiger Crafts

Jersey Knit Peony Art- from Fancy Tiger Crafts

Dakota rayon/spandex jersey floral in plum-From Imagine Gnats

Grey Snake Athletic Jersey- From Surge Fabric Shop

Dakota Knit Print – Toile Floral- From Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics


Feeling inspired yet? What are you going to, or have made, your Pisco Tank and Dress in? Would love to see everyone's makes and suggestions.

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