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Stretch and Scuba

The stretch and scuba knit stash is really starting to pile up. Since it does not get that cold in my neck of the woods, I can wear synthetic stretch knits instead of a thin sweater, (not to mention the erratic thermostat at work: hot, cold, hot, cold).

This first piece is a peplum pattern from Vogue V9056 (out of print). If you use scuba knit like I did, you could easily sew it up in one evening. I made a matching A-line skirt (Kwik Sew), but I’m not going to wear the two pieces together. It’s a little busy for my taste, but I have hung them both on the dress form so you can see what I mean.

I also made a pair of shorts with the leftovers, but have not finished adjusting the crotch or finished the hem yet. I might post that later. The scuba is from Gorgeous Fabrics, and last I checked, they still have some in stock at a great price. I really, really like the print and the feel of this fabric.

Just a quick note about the pattern…some issues with the bodice gussets under the armholes. I found them completely unnecessary, and made the top too wide. I ripped everything out and re-sewed sans the gusset. I feel like this was a pattern error. I recommend you check Pattern Review and see what folks are saying over there.


I picked up a few Style Arc patterns on sale at Amazon last month. They use nice thick white pattern paper–making them extremely durable with minimal wrinkles. Cutting fabric is a breeze. The new patterns I received from Amazon are multi-sized, and as much as I love having options, I don’t like the super-narrow grade lines.

Here is my version of the Mila Dress not made in contrast like the pattern suggests. I chose a ponte fuchsia also from Gorgeous Fabrics. The pattern is pretty easy to sew, and there’s lots of design flexibility. If I sew it again, I will need to shorten the bodice at the shoulders, and insert pockets. You can see from the back, how floppy it looks. I have also considered shoulder pads, but it looks mostly fine. (Sorry, I should have pressed it a bit better before the photo.) The fabric looks more coral, but it’s really a very lovely fuchsia!


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