I was intrigued by this little tidbit of fabric from Fabric Mart Fabric. It was in Julie’s Picks for June – a little “scuba knit” fabric from Maggy London. It has a nice combination of colors with a leaf motif. How could I possibly lose with this one? So I ordered up almost two yards and lo this is what I received!
I was expecting an all-over design, but this clearly has strong blocked designs. I was going to make a nice wrap dress or fun summer top. But now I am utterly flabbergasted.
Now I must go back and ask myself – what is a scuba knit anyway? Upon inspection, it feels like a very thin neoprene with the printed pattern on one side and an all-white back. It is soft, smooth and has a nice drape. It’s probably double the thickness of the polyester ITY knits I like. It is described as a burgundy / black / purple / chartreuse 95% polyester 5% lycra mix.
When I ask “what is a scuba knit” online, I see that others are equally confused as I about what it really is, though neoprene often comes up as being similar. I would have to agree that it is much like a thin neoprene.
Now what to do with this scuba print? You can look for “scuba knit” on Pinterest or you can look for scuba knit in Google. Here are some scuba knits used in solid colors:
Almost every scuba knit outfit I see is body-hugging and looking good on a 20-year old. Body-hugging outfits are not my thing in my more advanced years.
Here are some prints:
Note that these prints have large designs, but are more all-over. Again, these outfits are body-hugging.
What to do with my very bold patterns? I could try using the print as an inset:
These insets look great with smaller prints. With the larger motifs, I’d have to be very concerned about placement of various design elements on the body. Where should the large solid purple areas end up? And what about the pinkish blobs that come in pairs?
So I am at a total loss. What can I do with this scuba knit fabric? What was I thinking!