Sunday, November 19, 2017

Scuba Knit

Scuba Knit!

My dear daughter once again needed an outfit for an event.  I make a lot of tops and unique pieces for her, but this time she wanted a dress.

Of course she sent me many pictures of what she wanted and I decided on Telio Scuba Knit and ordered it from This was my 3rd or 4th time ordering from them and I'm quite pleased with the quality of the fabric.  I also decided to hack Vogue 9084 to get the look she wanted.

Since I had only worked with scuba knit once for an alteration, I decided to not take chances with this dress and it's triple layered asymmetrical hem .  So I brought out the big gun - my walking foot! That in conjunction with my serger, made this fabric a dream to sew!

My only challenge was getting the cuts right on the 3 hems (my brain does not do asymmetrical well). My last tackle of it was done during her final fitting. I literally cut them (carefully) with her standing in front of the mirror.

I top-stitched the front bodice darts to make them kinda disappear, which made her happy (she doesn't like darts).  The sleeves were cuffed as a design element, which she loved.

The 3 layers of the skirt made for quite a heavy dress, so to avoid additional weight or bulk, the front and back hems were finished on my serger with a 3 thread overlock stitch. An invisible zipper was installed in the back.

She had not decided how she would style it, so I had to wait for pictures from the event.
 I love the look of the lace leggings with her gold shoes and jewelry!

I've heard that scuba knit doesn't have a good drape, but from pictures I've seen of other garments and from my limited experience with it, I was pretty sure it would drape well.  And boy, was I right!  Check out the drape of the back of this dress!  Just lovely!

We were both quite pleased with the finished dress!

Have you tried scuba knit, yet?
 I'd love to hear about your experience with it! 
Feel free to leave your comments below.

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