Neoprene

Posted on October 7, 2016 by Nikki Brooks-Revis

The moment I woke up and the temps were in the 50's, I immediately started thinking fall and remembered how much I love neoprene and structure.  So enters this royal blue and white neoprene.  If you aren't familiar with neoprene, it's a stretch scuba material that doesn't wrinkle or lose it's shape, it makes sexy skirts and dresses as well as awesome structured pieces.  The one downside to neoprene is because it's a thick fabric and doesn't iron or lay flat, creating a hem to lay flat with certain neoprene is close to impossible.  In order to combat that issue, I chose to do without hemming and because the fabric cuts with such precision, as long as you cut with a rotary blade it leaves you with a clean finish.

The top was made using Butterick 5948 view D with the following alterations:

-Removed 8" from the length

-Added a top stitched front seam

-Removed 10" from length of the sleeve

-Added a 10"x38" inverted pleat bell sleeve

-Added a 9" back zipper

 

The skirt was made using vintage McCalls 2905 with the following alterations:

-Removed 18" from the length

-Added 4" to the width of the waistband

-Removed the front darts

-Added a 20"x 20" pleated drape to the right front of the skirt

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