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Scuba 1960's Vogue Top by Karen

Anyone who has ever read my blog will know I'm not a fan of knits. I wear Knitted Fabric, what woman doesnt own a pair of leggings? But I don't usually sew with it.

But I want to challenge myself and improve my sewing skills. So when I got the chance to work with this holey Scuba Fabric, why would I say anything other than yes please!

The front of the fabric is smooth, but I love the texture of the reverse.

So I knew that whatever I made I wanted to reverse the fabric.

When it first came I spent a good bit of time scratching my head, trying to decide what to make. I actually started to cut out a dress but I wasn't in love with the pattern, so I set it aside and waited for inspiration to hit.

And when I saw Dr Alice Roberts wearing a t-shirt with some open fabric inserts on TV, inspiration was right there between the eyes.

I already had this 60's Vogue Sewing Pattern in my collection.

So I set about thinking how I could incorporate the scuba. Most of my makes are worn for work, so I knew I couldn't just do something as simple as replace the side panels. That would be a little too risque. But I knew I wanted to make a version of view B. So I decided to make the main body of the top from some plain jersey I had in my stash, with the sleeves made from scuba, and insert a panel of the scuba on the chest.

The top itself is very simple to make and works perfectly in a woven or a knit. It has princess seams in the front and the back to add some shape and a little bit of visual interest.

I don't have a huge amount of experience of princess seams, so I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.

And what about the scuba? It was a dream to work with. It stays put when you have 2 layers on top of each other, making it simple to cut and pin. It has just the right amount of body to hold a shape, and a good amount of stretch which will make it comfortable to wear.

I had expected it to be stiffer, thicker and heavier. Which wouldn't have been much fun at all. But this scuba fabric was great fun to use and definitely makes a potentially boring top a lot more interesting.

I wore the top to work today and can confirm it's very comfortable and feels fresh and modern. One of my colleagues was wearing a very similar RTW top, so I was chuffed to be able to say I had made mine.

Would I make the pattern again? Yes, but above learnt to my expense, it's quite cropped. I guess ladies in the 60s didn't have to reach up to the luggage rack on the train every day. So I would add an inch or 2 to the length.

Would I work with the scuba again? Definitely. I think it would look great layered over a funky print with just hints of colour peeking through. I also think it could be a great little peekaboo insert on a pair of leggings, or for the more daring it would also make a great top on it's own.

Thanks for reading,

Karen @ dorisdoesdressup

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