This month, the Sewcialist theme is polka dots – and I’ve got PLENTY in my stash! Somehow, though, I started with the cheapest quality knit first – perfect for trying out something new!
(Sorry this is blurry. I was dancing around too much for the camera to handle!)
This is the t-shirt version of the Comino Cap pattern. I’ve made it many times as a dress, but I’d never considered the tee until Malora IG’d a picture of her version. I googled for other versions, which quickly reminded me that more of my favourite Sewcialists have also made this pattern: Heather, Katie, Leila and Elizabeth! How could I not give the top version a go myself?
(Why yes, it DID make me giggle to create a collage where I look like a two-headed woman!)
My dress versions fits me very differently than anyone else’s… I guess I’m sewing a few sizes too big so the bodice drapes a bit at the waist instead of being snug? I like it as is, though. However, that did leave me wondering what size to sew the top. In the end I kept the shoulders the same size and added a bit of ease at the hips. It all fits nicely and I’ll definitely make more!
More excitingly though… I made scuba leggings!
Now, there will be no close ups of my in leggings (because I don’t need that kind of traffic, thank you!) but trust me – they are great! The scuba material smoothes over bumps nicely, and the print makes for fun pyjamas.
Here are my thoughts on sewing with scuba for the first time:
- It’s nice to work with! Easy to sew, well behaved on both my serger and coverstitch.
- There is perhaps 30% stretch horizontally, and good recovery.
- It feels a lot like 70’s polyester to the touch – spongy, double layered – but it’s comfortable to wear and not sweaty (at least not in my cold apartment!) It’s not as warm as I hoped though. It felt like it might be more insulating!
- I added about an inch total to the circumference of each leg, compared to how I’d sew leggings in a cotton/rayon lycra knit. I think that was a good move.
- I rather obsessively ONLY sew leggings in 4-way knit. Because these are a 2 way, I should have added an inch to the legs and at least an inch to the rise, so that they stayed put when I sit.
If you haven’t tried scuba, I’d say it’s worth a go. I bought this locally, but there are tons of fun prints online. I enjoyed sewing both of these items because they used my TNTs, but in a slightly new way. My favourite kind of sewing!
Have you sewn with scuba? And are you going to sew some polka dots this month for the Sewcialist theme?