I’m taking part of the latest Pattern Anthology tour. For those that never heard, it is a design collaboration between; Shauna
Together they create a collection of 4 patterns sold together (at great price) for a few weeks.
I felt super privilege seeing a preview and picking my favourite for the tour. It was hard because I wanted to try all the patterns. I never sewn a pattern from those designers so I was super excited.
My choice was SEE KATE SEW Neptune, a knit hi-lo tee, with cutouts on the neck and sleeve. Cute and full of possible variations. To make it my own, I sewn in a some floral scuba, quilted my sleeves and removed the neck binding.
I bought 1,5 m of this scuba fabric from walthamstow market at Saeed’s (I’m thinking content wise is about 93% Polyester/ Nylon, 7% Spandex).
Fabric chat: Scuba can be often be referred as neoprene. I think they are different fabrics. Neoprene has different thickness available, generally double resulting in less drape. Scuba lycra content make ironing a challenge but it’s brilliant to sew. No hemming required making it perfect for cut outs.
You can use scuba on most patterns calling for stable knits like ponte or double knit. If not, you must adjust the sizing. This pattern has a stretch test ( a printed chart you can physically see if the fabric stretch enough). The pattern calls for less than 30% stretch like interlock and cotton spandex.
There a large variation of percentage of stretch on scuba fabrics so I recommend getting a sample of the scuba fabric you intent to buy, and see if it would be suitable. If you wanted something very fitted, you would need something like Scuba Jersey Spandex. That type of scuba is what you see on most RTW outfits.
I kind like the fullness of a loose shape so I blended my sizing from M on the top and L on the bottom just as a design choice (since I’m a balance hourglass shape and my hips would fit on the size M)
I loved the volume! Perfect for skinny jeans or hot pants! And the sleeves? So relaxing quilting them.
I used the direction – angle of the triangle to start my lines, quilting the traditional crossing diagonal lines 1 inch apart (2,5 cm) and all my quilting friends (and readers) would be proud of my accuracy.
Yeap, I have drawn my lines on the back! Ha! And I used a stretch thread as I’m sewing straight lines. With the low percentage of stretch sewing the seams on zig zag wasn’t necessary but I did it anyway. I also used a NEW ball point size 90 stretch needle. No missed stitch in sight!
I didn’t sewn the cut out insets facings, I did hem it by folding and sewing close to the edge. I didn’t hem the neckline or the hem! Love scuba, this took me only 2 hours to sew! I have followed the pattern instructions on the rest.
I got some left over and I wanted to make Tessuti Esther shorts but didn’t had the time before my holiday-last of summer sewing.
Have you sewn with scuba? If there a fabric you are excited to sew next?
sells their collections for a limited time at a 40%+ discount. You can purchase this collection now through October 6th. Get more details HERE