Scuba crepe is a medium-weight stretch fabric with a soft, grainy, crepe texture on one side. It is springy, smooth, and soft, and drapes well. 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 in weight, whereas crepe tends to be lighter. Scuba fabrics have heat retention, a high-stretch-flattering appearance, support, a smooth texture, water resistance, and printing ability. 

What is Scuba Crepe fabric used for?

Scuba crepe is an excellent fabric for home sewing because it doesn't require a lining. However, it has the ideal drape for many garment types. It is one of the most versatile fabrics as it can be worn at any time of the 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 in voluminous pieces such as circle skirts. Season after season, top dress designers choose scuba fabric for everything from suits to cocktail dresses, to daytime dresses, to blouses.


Sewing tips for Scuba Crepe:

Sewing scuba fabric can be tricky at first but it gets easier! Sewist's recommend using a walking foot on your sewing machine to prevent fabric bunching as well as a sharp stretch needle. Be sure to avoid picking up the fabric and watch where you place your pins, because they can leave permanent marks on the scuba. Press your fabric with a cool iron to avoid melting, as Scuba is synthetic. Your seams should be overlocked 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 scuba crepe fabric today.

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