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.
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.
Have a Great Week.