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            What is scuba crepe, and what makes it a best-selling fabric year after year?

            Scuba crepe is a medium weight stretch fabric that has a soft, grainy, crepe texture on one side. It is springy, smooth, soft, and has an excellent drape. Contrary to its name, scuba fabric should not be confused with neoprene, which is often used for wetsuits – neoprene is a synthetic rubber blended fabric that is much thicker. Scuba fabrics can vary by weight, but a scuba crepe tends to be on the lighter side. Benefits to scuba fabrics include their heat retention, high stretch, flattering appearance, support, smooth texture, water resistance, and ability to be printed on.


            Scuba crepe is an ideal fabric for home sewing because it does not require a lining and is fully opaque, yet it has the ideal weight and drape a vast array of garment types. It is one of the most versatile fabrics as it can be worn at any time of day and in any season! Scuba fabric is ideal for fitted garments because it smooths and flatters the body while remaining comfortable for all-day wear. Its drape and body are also beautiful for voluminous pieces such as circle skirts. Top dress designers choose scuba fabric season after season for everything from suiting, cocktail dresses, daytime dresses, blouses, and professional wear.




          Sewing scuba fabric can be tricky at first but gets easier with practice! Sewists recommend using a walking foot on your sewing machine to prevent the fabric from bunching as well as a sharp stretch needle on your machine. Be sure to avoid picks in the fabric and watch where you place your pins, because they can leave permanent marks on scuba. Press your fabric with a cool iron to avoid melting, as a scuba is primarily a synthetic quality. Overlocking your seams is an easy way to finish off this stretch fabric and leave a clean edge. What will you create with your scuba crepe? Get inspired to create with Zelouf’s scuba fabric today!

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