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Scuba & Animal Print!

Hi. It's Gusia. This is my second project with Minerva and this time I'm introducing you to my very favourite fabric, Scuba
It's very smooth and a little springy and has a nice drape to it. Scuba fabric should not be confused with neoprene which is a thicker synthetic rubber and fabric hybrid that is more durable, flexible and is often used for wetsuits. 
Scuba is sturdy and stylish and can be used for a wide variety of projects. It works ideally for both form-fitting dresses and longer, draping gowns, tops, pencil skirts or trousers. 
When I saw this amazing animal print fabric there was only one pattern I wanted to make - McCalls 7626.
I only purchased this pattern recently but I've been using it since. 
This pattern is close-fitting and the partially lined dresses have strap, pocket and length variations. A: Self belt. Close fitting, partially lined romper and jumpsuit have strap and length variations. B, C: 2" slide buckle.
This year I've been making jumpsuits mainly, therefore I've decided to make another one as the fabric was "screaming" for it. 
I absolutely love making jumpsuits. They are so comfortable and depending on the fabric they can be very classy or casual. You can wear jumpsuits all year round, on their own or with layers during the autumn and winter. 
When I received my parcel from Minerva I was so excited. The fabric looks so beautiful and the animal print on it is very realistic. 
I pre-washed scuba as you should with any other fabric. 
Wash scuba garments at 30 or 40 degrees and avoid the tumble dryer, high temperatures will damage scuba fabric.
Scuba cuts easily. Scissors literally glide through this type of fabric. 
I've prepared all pattern pieces quickly and smoothly. 
You need to use a stretch or ballpoint needle to prevent snagging and slipping. 
Try using a walking foot to help avoid bunching beneath the presser foot. This will help to evenly feed the scuba fabric as you sew, for perfect results. If you use an overlocker take care as the extra bulk of scuba fabric can cause problems. It’s best to trim seams by hand and then overlock with the knife disengaged.
You can leave edges raw, but we think it looks nicer finished. Try using a bias bound hem.
Unpicking can be tricky and can leave marks… take extra care!
Be sure to iron scuba on a low setting, this fabric will mark or even melt if iron too hot. The fabric is thick, so extra attention to pressing will give the best results.
In my project I decided to add a little bit of piping. I've never sewn piping before but I love a little bit of a challenge. The piping I've picked is in a beautiful orange colour, a different shade to the ginger colour on the scuba fabric so it will stand out. I decided to add piping on the pockets and on the top part of the bodice. 
I've marked 1cm  away from the edges where I wanted to add the piping.
The first attempt wasn't great. The piping wasn't evenly distributed. I had to unpick it and try again. This time I used a zipper foot and the result was magnificent. 
The rest of the sewing went very quick.
Sewing with scuba gives you an option to skip adding the lining but on this occasion I settled for nice stretchy mesh which I had left over from another project.
In the end I decided to divide the jumpsuit into separate top and trousers.
I'm absolutely over the moon with the outcome. 
The garment looks amazing. Absolutely love the fabric. Its so me. I know I will be wearing it on many occasions. 
I had still a little bit of left over fabric. 
I decide to sew a quick self-drafted, high-waisted skirt and to use the scraps I've made a matching bangle.
I hope that you like my version of McCalls M7626 with the little twist and additional items.
Thank you for taking your time to read my sewing story. 
Minerva your stock is simply amazing.
Gusia @the.polish.sewing.bee

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