7/28/15

Neoprene w/ McCall 7121

McCalls 7121 is my everything pattern.  I truly love this pattern, the simple silhouette, ease of construction and having done it up in a knit as well as a woven... win win.

This version was really an experiment, as I'd mention in my previous post, I was told that this fabric is neoprene.  Honestly, I was skeptical because I had the mind set that it was a thick rubber, hot, and sweltering fabric.  Then last year, I had the luck of purchasing a dress labelled scuba and got a better sense of what the fabric really was, but must admit it was a bit thick and too warm for the August weather last year. However, I was curious when I came across various sewing bloggers modeling their fabulous scuba/neoprene garments. 

Well, I just threw caution to the wind and worked up a quick dress in this thin black, soft butter smooth and spongy fabric.  I didn't bother to wash it, just wanted to see what the hell I was working with.  It serged up like a charm, but before I pressed on to the neckline and armholes, decided to throw it in the washing machine and see what I was still working with.  



It washed and line dried beautifully and thereafter proceeded with finishing the neckline.

 For the neckline I used heatn'bond to fuse the fold to the inside and with a microtex needle and stitch length at 2.8 final stitched.  For the armholes, I folded to the inside and final stitch with the same stitch length settings.

The hemline has a 3/8" fold and fused to the inside with heatn'bond and done.



Well after spending a good amount of time reading articles.  I came to understand that most fabrics labeled scuba/neoprene are more than likely not to have any neoprene in them. Unless they are bona fide wet suits. It is made of a combination of stretchy fabrics, polyester, elastine, spandex, lycra, and processed and produced in varying thicknesses in a non-foam form resulting in a soft smooth texture, spongy and elastic fabric. I believe it’s safe to say most of the fabrics labelled scuba/neoprene are glorified knits d/b/a neoprene. As the saying go I learn something everyday.


End result, I am loving the fabric… it's butter smooth, spongy and thin enough to be comfortable for today's temps.



Until then,

Have a Great Week.

20 comments:

Kyle said...

"glorified knits d/b/a neoprene"....that is hysterical!
Your dress looks great. I have not worked with neoprene (or faux neoprene) yet.

garnet128 said...

Good to know that the scuba knit/neoprene passed your wearability test and that it is not really neoprene. I am a scuba diver and know that there is no way I would survive in the summer heat wearing one of my wetsuits, even the lightest/thinest ones. One of the functions of a wetsuit is to insulate ... the higher the mil (thickness) the more insulating. I could not imagine wearing something made out of that. Not without an ocean around (haha).
Your dress looks wonderful and comfortable. You are so good at fitting yourself.

Sheila said...

Thank you Garnet128. Funny, I dreamt about combusting if I wore the dress... but all was for not. The dress was comfortable and held up to a 12 hr. day.

Sheila said...

Thank you Kyle. Lol... once a process of elimination is factored in .. yes a glorified knit.

Brenda said...

"Glorified" knits is funny��. This dress is very nice!!! I jumped on the bandwagon last year and bought several yards in various colors now I need to slow down and make it up. This pattern may just be "the one". Your jacket is gorgeous too!!!! Love the whole outfit��

Sheila said...

Thank you Brenda... definitely work them up and you will not be disappointed with this pattern.

Positively Necie said...

Love your dress and the pattern I have only made once in maxi length, but will make the short version cause your dresses look so cute. I have a couple scuba fabrics and love the way they sew up.

Sheila said...

Thank you Necie. Made up in the short version is a great way to add a simple silhouette to one's wardrobe.

Nik said...

I love the neckline on this dress. I don't think I see many v-necks that are rounded at the bottom. And I love that pop of color with the shoes. Werk.

Cas... said...

Great dress! Interesting fabric too

Sheila said...

Thank you Nik. I like to call that neckline my curvy v-neck. Too lazy to do it the right way.

Sheila said...

Thank you Cassandra.

Tee said...

Beautiful!

Sheila said...

Thank you Tee.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Love that dress, and especially the shoes! Pink is perfect!

Levone said...

Great looking dress!

Sheila said...

Thank you Sister. .. caught a great sale @ 9west.

Sheila said...

Thank you Levone.

Mohammad Salauddin said...

Just beautiful and also awesome looking with this dress.
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Fabrics USA Inc. said...

Beautiful summer dress. i love the fabric.Cute dress from my favorite color!
Thanks for the links... Very helpful. It is a very pretty dress!