Two weeks ago, I stopped in my favorite fabric shop, Fulton Fabrics, just to browse their fabrics. The store was super crowded, but I was killing time and as I browsed, I lucked up on a few pieces of fabric and waited my turn for cutting. Of course, decided to squeeze past the other customers to get to the back of the store and see what else they had.
One woman was guarding a black bolt of fabric for dear life and of course, my interest is on high alert. She told the second cutter to give her 6 cuts in 2 yd increments and I cut in (pun intended) and asked if that was knit. She said yes, but abruptly turned back to the cutter. My response... alllllrighty then, and as the first cutter was approaching me I asked him what kind of fabric is that, pointing to the back, we walk back together and he told me it was neoprene.
Finally, the woman walked away with her cuts and I moved right on in, and felt the fabric and asked the other cutter, is this neoprene... his response was yes, yes, yes.... ummm that response was a bit too fast & passionate. Anywho, I told him I want some of that...
Pulled the fabric out of the bag and was again smitten with the butter smooth yet spongy feel. I did compare it to a rtw neoprene dress that I have, and there are some similarities, but the black fabric had more of a butter smooth feel than the rtw.
Well, I just threw caution to the wind and used McCalls 7121 to work up a quick dress. 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.
This is what it looked like when I took it out of the machine, and laid it over a towel onto the dry rack. Literally, like in no time flat it was dry. So I worked on the neckline using heatn'bond fusing a fold with a pressing cloth. It handled heat well too. I still need to do the armholes, and press the seams flat, the hemline is perfectly unfinished and ... just wondering...
... is it Neoprene ??? mmmmm