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Sunday, 18 December 2016

How to sew with Scuba. A very easy top to make


I have made this top before in different guises but you know me, I like to get full value from a pattern, and besides if I find one I like I stick with it and look for different ways to use it.


Even if you have not sewn with Scuba yet you will have seen blogs where people have used it, and you will have seen it because most of the bigger fabric shops such as Minerva Crafts Scuba And Abakhan Fabrics Scuba sell it. You will also see it in close fitting Bodycon or bandage dresses.
So what is Scuba?
It is a new "technical" textile made mostly from Polyester. It is made into close fitting garments and has a four way stretch. Usually it will stretch more one way than the other so when you are cutting your garment out you need the biggest stretch going across the body.It is a double knit fabric which can be textured or smooth.
Each fibre is produced in a very low denier which produces a springy,smooth surfaced fabric It often has Lycra knitted into it, about 4%. Lycra is used so that it holds its shape well. It is fairly similar to a Ponte Roma but it is more springy to the touch and has more drape, although you would  not compare it to a single jersey which has plenty of drape.
It is very form fitting and is popular for close fitting dresses, leggings and tops. It is not breathable as it is after all made from a close knit polyester so I doubt if I would ever make a summer dress out of it. A slinky close fitting party dress however would be superb.
Some people confuse it with Neoprene, this is totally different so do not be put off. Neoprene has a rubbery fabric sandwiched between two layers of fabric which are made usually from  a polyester/ Spandex mix. You will see this fabric on sports equipment especially wet suits.
Ok, thats the science bit over.
If you have never seen with Scuba before, now is your chance .
This is my Winter White easy to sew Scuba top. Difficulty level? It is suitable for total beginners.



Friday, 2 December 2016

HOW TO MAKE A Burda BLACK SATIN AND LACE EVENING JACKET

I am making a black satin eveing jacket trimmed with black lace. An evening jacket in a plain colour is a very useful addition to any wardrobe.
The pattern I am using is Burda 8352
It is a lined jacket with no fastening.


I have a piece of black satin back crepe and I am using it satin side out.
I have a small piece of  black galloon lace and another length of a lace edging.
I have no clear plan of how to use the lace, I am just going to experiment and go with whatever I like best.

Looking at the pattern and the pattern pieces there is enough of the galloon lace to have the side fronts in lace and from the trimmings I will be able to cut edge pieces longh enough to go around the sleeve edges. There will be little left!
At this stage I have not decided if I will use the lace edging or not, maybe around the hem? Not sure, that is a decision for later.