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Falling for Scuba Crepe

Hello lovelies,

I am Simona (Sewing Adventures in the Attick) and I’m back on Minerva Crafts blog with another product testing review.

I think I’m developing a little crush on Scuba Crepe Fabric. Today, I’m sharing with you my impressions on working with another scuba crepe fabric. This time I picked the grey Snakeskin Fabric (94% polyester 6% lycra). This fabric comes in 3 colours: beige, grey and taupe.

I skipped the washing of the fabric before sewing with it (I hope once I wash my garment it won’t shrink). Although the fabric slides a little it is quite easy to work with and it does not fray. I used water soluble pens to mark the fabric.

I used many pins and understitched the facing. I only overlocked/serged the edges of the facing purely because I prefer my seams to be finished. Nothing will happen if you do no have an overlocker/serger or you do not want to finish the raw edges.

I found that the fabric, even if it was understitched, still has the tendency to show on the right side. Also, the seams do not press flat at all, so ironing this fabric is useless and dangerous as it can melt on higher temperatures. My solution to this problem was to catch-stitch the seams/facings to the shell. You cannot even see my hand stitching because the fabric is thick enough not to show the stitches.

When I got tired of sewing by hand, I opted to stitch the hems using a zig-zag stitch on my machine. To keep my seams flexible I used a thread called seraflock (stretch type of thread that can be used with knitted fabric or elastic) to avoid wavy hems. I used normal polyester thread in the needle.

With this fabric I made a dress for the office, that’s a little cheeky. The V-neck is decent but the slit in the centre front is quite high.

With all fabrics that have lines, I tend to place my pattern pieces so that the lines run vertically to give the impression I am taller than I am.

Although the calf length on skirt/dresses doesn’t suit me very much, with this dress I prefer the length as a dress/skirt with a slit in the front that has a hem at the knee would be too short.

Due to me being a little on the short side, I managed to make a pair of leggings as well (Virginia Leggings from Megan Nielsen Patterns) from the leftover fabric. The fabric is not quite stretchy enough for that, but they look great and they are thick so that you are not flashing your knickers if you wear them with a short top.

My tips for working with scuba crepe:

  • the fabric is quite springy so if using facings- consider stitching them down (topstitching or catch stitching on the wrong side)

  • test the stitches you want to use on a scrap of fabric. On my machine I had best results using a super stretch needles and a small zig-zag when not using the overlocker

  • think about how the pattern will look when your garment is finished.

  • the fabric is a bit thick, so if you need to line your garment, consider using a knitted lining fabric to reduce bulk

  • use plenty of pins or even baste before sewing as the fabric tends to move

  • you can just cut off the hem allowance. The fabric does not fray.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @MinervaCrafts and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick

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