Sunday, February 1, 2015

About Scuba Knit and a Big Thank You

Happy Sunday to all. We are in the midst of cleaning up after a foot of snow fell yesterday and more to come tomorrow! I love Canada ! But I really do love Canada, winter and all!

I first want to thank all of you who left such lovely and helpful comments on my scuba knit dress. They were helpful because you convinced me I won't look ridiculous in this dress and also I've decided to take Vicky's, Sharon's, Sarahliz ', and Jean's suggestion to take out the black back section . I think I will be happier with it that way.

And now about SCUBA KNIT. The one I buy at Fabricville is 95% polyester /5% lycra. It has about the same weight  and drape as ponte knit but is smoother and maybe a little bit spongy. It holds its shape very well. It is perfect for yoga pants, jackets and dresses. I haven't tried it for tops although I plan to make a sweatshirt out of it soon.
Scuba knit has been compared to neoprene which is used to make scuba suits. I have a feeling it isn't as firm as neoprene but I'm not sure as I've never been anywhere near  scuba gear or neoprene.
One thing for sure. I absolutely love the stuff. If I'm going to sew with polyester it may as well be a luxurious feeling and looking polyester. Here's another look at my scuba knit dress

The pants in the pics below are scuba knit as well.


Jeanette  asked me  if I know of other bloggers who are in their 60's or there abouts. I'm not good at guessing any one's age, but I will mention a few "mature" bloggers and hope no one minds. I'm guessing these ladies are 50 and above.

Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic , Margy  of A Fool For Fabrics, Sharon of Petite and Sewing, Faye of Faye's Sewing Adventures, Linda of Seams Well, Shams of Communing With Fabrics ,Sarahliz of SarahLiz Sew Style are some that come to mind and probably enough to get you started.
I'm so happy to hear of a fellow 60 something who has rediscovered her passion for sewing. This hobby of ours becomes more and more gratifying as the years pass for me. so Happy Sewing  Jeanette.

 I'll leave you with a couple of photos of scarves I've been making to raise money for our local Food Bank. The fabric is  double sided and so beautiful and just right for infinity scarves. Each colour way has a metallic copper splatter throughout . I've made many of these, (didn't keep count)  and have sold them to friends, family , fellow retired teachers, sewing buddies, etc.  They`ve  flown out of my hands and I`ve  had to take orders. I've made over $200.00 for the food bank with this project and I only charged $8.00 for each scarf and I took out the cost of the fabric!

I wish I had a photo of someone wearing one but I don`t and I haven`t been able to keep one for myself as yet.

I have several pieces not blogged yet so check back later to tell me what you think.

Happy sewing from


Sew Couture - Aisha J. said...

Love the scarves, Diana. I hope you're able to save one for yourself.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

The scarves are beautiful! Congratulations on raising so much money for the Food Bank!

Linda said...

Lovely scarves and such a nice way to raise money for a charity! Just wanted to say you can add me to the 60 and above sewing list. Just had another birthday in January that puts me closer to 65 than 60.

I love my scuba knit dress I made last year and it is great fabric to sew. Looking forward to seeing your creation.

Jane M said...

Gorgeous scarves, Diana, and such a great cause. I bought some scuba knit this summer on my visit to Fabricville....but only a small piece, enough to make Lucky the rescue dog a new harness. I did like the weight and slight firmness of it and wish I had bought some to make Elle Style Arc pants. And yes, I am one of those over sixty blogging gals.

Mary said...

My gosh, those scarves are so pretty! You are talented.

Add me to the 60 and sewing group. I have been sewing seriously for about 8 years and love to add a little bit of style to my life. I have yet to try scuba knit :-)

shams said...

Glad you found a way to be happier with that beautiful dress, Diana! I have a similar half-scuba, half wool double-knit dress, and I like that. But scuba doesn't really breathe, so I don't want an entire dress made from it.

And, yes, I am 55! That's pretty close to 60. ;)

Sharon said...

Those scarves are gorgeous and well done on raising so much money for the Food Bank.

I'm glad you said are 50 and over as I end up in the middle this year :)

Faye Lewis said...

I've never sewn with either of those fabrics - maybe one day - but love your dress other items made from it and those beautiful scarves too.

Andrea said...

Hi Diana, I love all your scuba knit pieces. Do you find the fabric breathable or comfortable in warmer weather? I bought a piece online but have not used it yet, mostly because the color isn't as wonderful as it looked on my monitor. Love your scarves, congrats on raising $$$ for such a good cause. Make one for yourself, too!

Jeanette said...

Your scarves are VERY pretty! You did a great job making money for a good cause.

Also, thank you, and other readers, for the info on sewing bloggers my age.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Lovely dress Diana and the scarves are beautiful too!
(You can add me to the 50+ group ;)

Ann (SewBabyNews) said...

Love those scarves. What kind of fabric are they? Do you find that Scuba knit doesn't get wet? The piece that I have that I "think" was Scuba knit stayed completely dry after I washed it. I wonder what the best way to clean it is.

Linda T said...

What beautiful scarves! I certainly don't mind being mentioned as a 60ish blogger. It is what I am. One thing I love is I generally have more time to sew at this stage of my life, but fewer places to wear what I want to sew. Life is tough! lol

velosewer said...

You look great in your scuba knit dress.

Vernelle Nelson said...

Hi, Diana -

Two things. First of all... I absolutely LOVE that dress. As usual, your work is stunning. The second thing I'd like to say is you can add me to your list of 60+ bloggers.

Take care and as always... HAPPY STITCHING.

Also... Happy Valentine's Day to you and all the other sewing enthusiasts in the world.