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Neoprene w/ McCall 7121

Posted by Sheila on July 29, 2015 at 9:45am 0 Comments

McCalls 7121 is my everything pattern.  I truly love this pattern, the simple silhouette, ease of construction and having done it up in a knit as well as a woven... win win.
This version was really an experiment, as I'd mention in my previous post, I was told that this fabric is neoprene.  Honestly, I was skeptical because I had the mind set that it was a thick rubber, hot, and sweltering fabric.  Then last year, I had the luck ofpurchasing a dress labelled scuba and got a better sense of what the fabric really was, but must admit it was a bit thick and too warm for the August weather last year.However, I was curious when I came across various sewing bloggers modeling their fabulous scuba/neoprene garments. 
Well, I just threw caution to the wind and worked up a quick dress in this thin black, soft butter smooth and spongy fabric.  I didn't bother to wash it, just wanted to see what the hell I was working with.  It serged up like a charm, but before I pressed on to the neckline and armholes, decided to throw it in the washing machine and see what I was still working with.  

Neoprene.... ???

Posted by Sheila on July 28, 2015 at 10:10am 0 Comments

Two weeks ago, I stopped in my favorite fabric shop, Fulton Fabrics, just to browse their fabrics.    The store was super crowded, but I was killing time and as I browsed, I lucked up on a few pieces of fabric and waited my turn for cutting.  Of course, decided to squeeze past the other customers to get to the back of the store and see what else they had. 

One woman was guarding a black bolt of fabric for dear life and of course, my interest is on high alert.  She told the second cutter to give her 6 cuts in 2 yd increments and I cut in (pun intended) and asked if that was knit.  She said yes, but abruptly turned back to the cutter.  My response...   alllllrighty then, and as the first cutter was approaching me I asked him what kind of fabric is that, pointing to the back, we walk back together and he told me it was neoprene.

With Flash
Finally, the woman walked away with her cuts and I moved right on in, and felt the fabric and asked the other cutter, is this neoprene... his response was yes, yes, yes.... ummm that response was a bit too fast & passionate.  Anywho, I told him I want some of that...
Without Flash

As I schlepped the fabric to the cash register I was smitten with the butter smooth texture yet spongy feel and the recovery as I pinched & pulled the fabric between my fingers.  When I got to the cash register, I asked the owner if…





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