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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sueded Scuba Skirt and Bell Sleeve Tunic


I've been really feeling the 70's vibe lately, and decided to continue with a suede skirt.  Not real suede though, but sueded scuba knit!  This is a huge improvement on real suede- very light weight, easy to sew and stretchy!


For the sueded scuba skirt, I used view C of Vogue 9154. This pattern is normally designed for woven fabrics, with a zipper and faced yoke.  However, all I did to adapt it to the scuba knit was add 1-1/2" at the top, and make an elastic casing, eliminating the zipper and facing.  The pattern said it needed 2-5/8 yds, but I was able to fit it on more like 1-1/4 yds, so I have a good size piece left over.


The suede finish is really luxurious.  Everyone that has felt it has gone "OOOHHHHhhhh!"   I got it from FabricMart, but they are sold out right now.  One really great thing about scuba knits is that they don't roll, and thus, you can leave them unhemmed.  Hems on knits are almost always a pain, and on a shaped hem like this skirt has, even more so.  Here's a close-up of the non-hem.  I think it looks nice, and I just dabbed a bit of fray-check on the threads at the bottom of the seams to make sure that they didn't come undone.




My top is a rayon challis that was in a Fabric Mart mystery bundle.  I used McCalls 7431 for it, cutting at top length instead of dress length, and omitting the ruffle on the sleeves for View C.


 I used a gold braided trim to highlight the seaming on the front.  I'm glad that I left off the ruffle.  I like the sleeves, but I have to tell you, now that I've worn it a couple of times- those wide sleeves tend to get caught on things- like doorknobs!  I've caught myself more than once, so I've decided that if you wear these kind of sleeves, you kind of need to reset your impression of how much space you need- kind of like cat whiskers.





Speaking of cats, I'll leave you with a photo of a black cat for Halloween.  I think he sees a mouse in the field and is very excited.



So, I still have 1-1/4 yds of the sueded scuba knit left.  Any suggestions on what I could make from it?  It's too nice to let be a scrap!

Happy Sewing!
Ann
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