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The Margo Scuba Skirt

Despite it being all the rage for a couple of years now, until this project I’d never sewn with scuba fabric. I just wasn’t sure that such a synthetic fabric would feel nice to wear. However, when Minerva sent out the call I leapt at the chance to review this fabric, as I know John Kaldor knits are always top quality and wonderful to work with. The Scuba Crepe Fabric comes in four colours: black, navy, blush and ivory. Despite always gravitating to black I decided to add a bit more navy to my wardrobe this time in the hope it might be better for co-ordinating with my spring and summer clothing.

The pattern I went with was the Margo Pencil Skirt from Seamwork. It’s a classic midi-length knit pencil skirt with a waistband and slits up each side. With only two pattern pieces it’s a very quick make, and I’d recommend it to anyone starting out with sewing knits.

I’ve got to be honest, this fabric wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I was thinking it would have more body and a spongy texture like the scuba fabric I’ve seen in ready to wear clothing. I should have read the description more carefully as it clearly states that it is a crepe fabric, slightly textured and lighter in weight than regular scuba. Check, check and check!

It’s not been a problem as I think this pattern works just as well for a more drapey, crepey fabric. Just pointing it out in case anyone else has the same misconception. Also good to know: there’s about 25% stretch across the grain, and 30% with the grain. That’s unusual as most fabrics stretch more from selvedge to selvedge so you have this crosswise direction around the body in your final garment. But handily this means that you could play with the cutting layouts, putting your pattern pieces at a 90 degree angle, and perhaps squeeze a project out of less fabric than the instructions say.

There’s not much to say about the construction of this skirt, seeing as how it’s so simple. The trickiest thing was getting the fabric to take a crease as you need to keep the iron temperature fairly low with polyester, but I discovered that a damp press cloth worked wonders and allowed me to turn the iron up a little without melting the fabric .

Although a navy blue pencil skirt is in many ways a rather boring and conservative item of clothing, perhaps more suited to an office than for a stay-at-home mum, I’ve got to say I really love my Margo skirt! It’s the first time I’ve made a knit pencil skirt this long and you can still walk in it thanks to those surprisingly sexy side slits. I’m definitely going to need an anti-static slip to wear it over tights (I’ve got one in the works, using this Stretch Lining), but I reckon this skirt will come into its own in the spring. At the time of writing it’s too cold to style over bare legs other than indoors for a photo shoot but once the weather really warms up I’ll definitely be wearing it this way!

Yes, a pencil skirt might not be typical home wear, but I reckon more sewists should give them a chance. This scuba crepe fabric is comfy to wear, moves in an attractive, fluid way, and is very easy to keep looking clean. Stains just seem to flake off it by themselves, which is excellent news for anyone with sticky-fingered little ones in the picture!

What would you make with this scuba crepe? And which colour would you use?

Happy sewing, everyone!

Anna-Jo x

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The fabric for this make was kindly supplied by Minerva in return for an honest blog post. Thank you, Minerva!

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